MOT Testing

At ODS, we can carry out MOTs for Class 4, 5 and 7 vehicles and have facilities for extra-long vehicles.

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Commercial MOT

At ODS, we can carry out independent commercial MOTs for Class 4, 5 and 7 vehicles (cars, minibuses and light commercial vehicles - goods vehicles weighing over 3,000kg and up to 3,500kg).

Fully approved by the DVSA, our MOT centre is centrally located and open during flexible hours to suit your needs.

About our service

If you need an MOT carried out on your commercial vehicle, make an appointment at your convenience at our MOT testing station in our Cowley Marsh Depot.

The test itself takes around one hour to complete, during which customers are more than welcome to wait on site, or return to pick up the vehicle. You are welcome to stay for the duration of the MOT, and watch from the comfort of our waiting area complete with a drinks machine.

Private MOT

Undergoing an annual MOT is a legal obligation for all classes of vehicles, including cars and motorbikes. At ODS, we offer competitively priced MOTs for a number of vehicles. We can carry out MOTs for cars, quadbikes, vans, motorhomes and large commercial vehicles, all performed in our conveniently located MOT testing station at our Cowley Marsh Depot.

About our service

  • We are local authority, trustworthy and high quality service
  • We have been carrying out MOT residential testing since 1969
  • Local, professional and well-priced service
  • Independent MOTs for Class IV, V and VII vehicles

Unsure when your next MOT might be due? why not check your vehicles MOT status.

Prices for all MOT types


Vehicle Type


Age first test
certificate required

Class 4

Cars (up to 8 passenger Seats), Motor Caravans




3 Wheeled Vehicles (over 450 Kg unladen weight)




Quads (maximum unladen weight 400 Kg - for goods vehicles 550 Kg and max, net power of 15KW




Dual Purpose Vehicles




Private Hire Vehicles and PSVs (up to 8 seats)




Good Vehicles (up to 3000 KG DGW)




Ambulances & Taxis
(Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles may be subject to additional local requirements)




Private Passenger Vehicles & Ambulances







Class 4A

Includes seat belt installation check
(9 - 12) Passenger Seats







Class 5

Private Passenger 13-16 Passenger seats




Vehicles and Ambulances more than 16 Passenger seats (with 13 or more passenger seats)    











Class 5A

Includes seat belt 13-16 Passenger seats  




Installation check More than 16 Passenger seats    







Class 7

Good Vehicles (over 3000Kg up to 3500Kg DGW)    








Partial retest fee 

Half test fee



Maximum fee for duplicate test certificate




Tips for ensuring you pass first time

As an owner of a vehicle for personal or commercial use, it is your legal responsibility to ensure an annual MOT inspection is carried out.

You’ll need to take your car into a centre for its first MOT once the vehicle is three years old, and then every year thereafter. Before making your booking, which should take place one month before your current MOT certificate expires, you should take into consideration the age and condition of your car.

Nearly 40 per cent of cars will fail MOTs the first time, but in many cases, the reason for failure are preventable. You need to look at reasons for common failure (e.g. check your lights, the suspension and the brakes) and put right any issues you discover either yourself or by instructing a professional mechanic. Some garages offering MOTs will be particularly harsh when carrying out the test so as to upsell you with expensive repairs, so make sure to avoid this at all costs by going to a reputable and independent service centre.

  • Given that 18 per cent of vehicles fail on account of broken lights, making sure these are in working order prior to taking your car in for MOT is essential. Have a friend or coworker help you test your indicators, head and tail lights, and your brake lights.
  • Suspension is another top cause of MOT failure - 12 per cent of vehicles failed a suspension check. You should ensure shock absorbers are in place - you can do this by applying pressure to each side of the car and seeing how quickly it springs back to a neutral position.
  • Ensure your tyres are fully inflated - you can do this by using a tyre pressure checker and measuring the results against the outlines in your car manual.  
  • Ensure your oil levels are safe prior to an MOT.
  • While it may be the case that only seven per cent of vehicles failed due to windscreen and windscreen wiper issues, these are also some of the easiest to check. Inspect your screen for cracks and make sure the front and rear wipers are fully operational and there’s no leakage of windscreen wiper fluid.

Ready to book your MOT? As a Local Authority garage, ODS offers independent and impartial MOTs for Class IV, V and VII vehicles (cars, minibuses and light commercial vehicles). 

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