MOT Chester le Street

An MOT test is a legal requirement for all cars and motorcycles over three years old. All cars and motorcycles must hold a valid MOT certificate dated within the last year to be used legally on UK roads.

Penshaw Car Centre is a fully equipped garage and vehicle repair centre based within a short driving distance of Chester le Street. We have served as an MOT testing station since 1986 and can be identified by the MOT testing station number VTS-29651. We have been approved by the Ministry of Transport and our MOT testers are fully approved.

We carry out a full MOT test that includes checks to the following systems and vehicle components:

  • Brakes
  • Clutch
  • Gearbox
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Exhaust System
  • Lights
  • Battery
  • Tyres and Wheels
  • Seat Belts
  • Windscreen Wipers

MOT testing services available 6 days a week.


  • Motorbikes and Scooters: From £29
  • Cars and Light Vans: From £40

A valid MOT test certificate is required to tax a vehicle over three years old. Without a valid MOT certificate your vehicle will not be insured in the event of an accident or claim made against you.

Testing While You Wait

We can carry out a full MOT test on-site in our computerised garage whilst you wait. Alternatively you can leave your vehicle with us and we will contact you once the test has been completed.

Free Re-Test if Needed

Should your vehicle fail any aspect of your test we can carry out a free re-test once necessary repairs have been carried out.

Penshaw Car Centre is fully equipped and capable of carrying out most necessary repairs to enable your vehicle to pass its MOT. We will carry out a free re-test (if applicable) regardless of whether we have carried out the necessary repairs or not.

If a vehicle fails its MOT it does not comply with UK legal standards and must be brought up to standard and retested.


If you have not taxed your vehicle or the MOT on it is outstanding you must pre-book your MOT test, otherwise your vehicle will not be legal to drive to the garage on the day. To ensure that you avoid this it is advisable to book your MOT test before your certificate expires.

At Penshaw Car Centre our customers in Chester le Street and elsewhere can pre-book their test for a date and time that suits them.

If you have any concerns about the condition of your car or about the MOT test itself, please contact us by phone or email.