MOT testing available at Croxdale MG

All MG vehicles that are more than three years old are required by law to have an MOT every 12 months. Driving a vehicle without an MOT certificate is illegal and comes with a maximum £1,000 penalty fine.

Here at Croxdale, we’re an MG main dealer and service provider and we’re authorised to carry out MOT testing on all MG models.

All testing is carried out at our Croxdale, Durham premises by our manufacturer-trained technicians using the latest diagnostic equipment.

To book your appointment, please call our service team today – or complete our online contact form at your earliest convenience.

How does an MOT work?

When we carry out an MOT, we test a range of MG vehicle aspects in order to gauge overall roadworthiness. Successful completion of an MOT ensures the issuing of an MOT certificate, valid for 12 months. MOT failure, on the other hand, will require your MG to be re-tested after the completion of necessary repairs.

How can I help my car pass its MOT?

Roughly 33% of cars fail their MOTs every year. You stand a much better chance of success if you follow and action our handy pre-MOT checklist.

  1. Headlights and indicators
    Make sure that all of your MG’s exterior lights are functioning correctly.
  2. Brake lights
    While a friend observes your MG’s brake lights, apply brake pressure to check that they’re working. If necessary, you can check for yourself by placing a reflective surface behind your car. This will allow you to observe the lights while you put your foot on the brake pedal.
  3. Number plates
    Ensure that both number plates are clean and easily readable and make certain that the font and letter spacing complies with legal requirements.
  4. Wheels and tyres
    Check each wheel and tyre for damage. Check too that each tyre has a minimum legal 1.6mm tread depth (3mm is the ideal). If you’re unsure how to do this, please get in touch with Croxdale MG.
  5. Seats and seatbelts
    Test the driver’s seat to see that it tilts and reclines as it should. Inspect the entire length of each seatbelt too, tugging abruptly on each belt to see how it might react if maximum braking pressure is applied.
  6. Windscreen
    View the windscreen from the inside to see if there’s any damage. Scratches or holes that measure 40mm or more will need to be repaired (or the window replaced entirely). Pay close attention to the ‘swept’ area of the windscreen (driver’s side): if there’s any damage measuring 10mm or more, this too will likely result in an MOT fail.
  7. Windscreen wipers
    Check to see that there’s no damage to each wiper rubber, and test that both wipers work properly.
  8. Screenwash
    It might not seem like much but an empty screenwash bottle could trigger MOT failure.
  9. Horn
    Does the horn work? If it doesn’t, please contact us for repairs or replacement.
  10. Fuel and engine oil
    Make sure that your MG is topped up with enough fuel and engine oil before setting out for your MOT. Not sure about the correct levels? Please get in touch for advice.


Our most frequently asked MOT questions are below. If your query is unanswered, be sure to contact the Croxdale MG service team at your earliest convenience.

Is an MOT necessary?


Most certainly. Annual MOTs are legal requirements for vehicles aged three years or more. A car that isn’t MOT-certified poses a risk to its driver, passengers and other road users.

How long does an MOT take?


Typically, between 45 and 60 minutes.

What should I do if my MOT has expired?


Please get in touch with us as soon as possible to book your MG in for an MOT.

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