MOT & Full Service

Since 1972 our family-run business has helped over 10,291 happy customers to fulfil their Car MOT and Servicing Needs. We’d love you to be next.

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If your vehicle in Southend or Shoeburyness is in need of an MOT, there’s no need to consider any other local garage for your upcoming MOT test than Reynolds RMGMOT. After all, MOTs are in our name, and they’re in our nature!

Unlike mere car servicing, a valid MOT is a legal requirement for certain vehicles, with the purpose of determining whether a given vehicle meets minimum roadworthiness standards.

Here at Reynolds RMGMOT, we’re known for the affordability of our MOT tests and other services for cars like yours, as well as for the friendliness and professionalism of our mechanics. We’re a small business with the time to care – unlike the situation with some of our bigger rivals, you can speak to our technicians directly if you have any concerns.

So, why not book your MOT test with us online now for as little as £30, or call 01702 612472 for further advice and information?

Servicing Checklist

Here’s what you can expect to receive when you have your car serviced at RMG MOT:

Type of service Engine Oil & Filter Change Interim Service Full Service
When As often as required 6 months or 6,000 miles 12 months or 12,000 miles
Vehicle Interior
Check instruments, gauges, warning lights
Check horn
Check windscreen wipers
Check Adblue/Eolys warning light
Check interior lights
Check clutch operation (manual only)
Check seat belts
Reset service light
Check climate control/air con system
Check engine diagnostic codes
Hybrid system diagnostic check (hybrid only)
Vehicle Exterior
Check exterior lights & lamps
Check doors - operation and condition
Check boot - operation and condition
Check fuel cap - operation and condition
Check mirrors - operation and condition
Pre Alignment Check
Check steering, suspension linkages and ball joints for wear, damage and condition
Suspension - check shock absorbers & springs
Full tyre inspection (tread, pressure & alignment check)
TPMS inspection

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We offer a free vehicle health check to assess your vehicle and keep it running.

Out of Hours MOT & Service

Not everyone can visit during normal hours so we offer an out-of-hours service.

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MOT Advice & FAQ

According to UK law, an annual MOT test is required for every car aged over three years old. The purpose of an MOT test is to determine whether a given vehicle meets certain minimum roadworthiness requirements set out by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

The MOT test itself essentially takes the form of a visual inspection of the tested car.

It is possible to arrange an MOT test for your car for a date up to 28 days before your due date, while retaining that date for the next year.

This would mean that if, for instance, your MOT expiry date is 28th May 2021, you could have the MOT done as early as 1st May 2021, and your MOT expiry date for the following year would still be 28th May 2022.

It only typically takes about 45 minutes to an hour for an MOT test to be completed. You can simply leave your car at our Southend MOT test centre, and when it is ready, we will call you.

In the event of the car requiring additional repairs, we will let you know before getting on with the work, providing you with an upfront quote. The amount of time this further work will take will depend on what exact repairs are carried out

A wide range of components are checked on a car undergoing an MOT test. These include such key elements as its lights, electrical equipment, steering, suspension, brakes, tyres, seat belts, body, exhaust system, and the driver’s view of the road.

If your previous MOT has expired, you are only permitted to drive the car directly to the garage for its MOT test, or to and from somewhere it will be repaired. If the police stop you on the way there, you must be able to show them proof of an appointment booked at the garage.

A car lacking a valid MOT signifies that it has not been judged in legal terms to be safe to drive. If, therefore, the authorities discover that you have been driving without one and the above exceptional circumstances do not apply, you could be fined as much as £1,000, in addition to your vehicle being impounded. Driving without a valid MOT would also invalidate your car insurance.

We’re the place to come for your MOT in Essex

When your car undergoes an MOT test at our Southend test centre, our highly trained testers will scrutinise a range of essential components – from its lights, lamps, wheels and tyres, right through to the engine, exhaust, steering, suspension and windscreen.

It only usually takes about an hour to complete an MOT test. If your vehicle passes, you can immediately drive away, with the peace of mind of knowing that your new MOT certificate will be valid for another 12 months.

Faults identified during the MOT test may or may not prevent your car from passing, depending on whether they count as advisories, minor faults, major faults or dangerous faults. If your car is discovered to have any major or dangerous faults, these will need to be fixed straight away.

Fortunately, our mechanics at Reynolds RMGMOT also have an excellent reputation for car repair in Southend. This means that, even if your car does need to have work done on it, you can count on us doing it quickly and to the highest standards, often on the same day as the MOT test. We’ll provide an affordable upfront quote for this work, so that cost doesn’t have to be another worry on your mind.

We offer affordable MOT tests with free local delivery and pick-up, so why wait any longer? Enquire to our team today to learn more about our MOT testing options – including our combined MOT and servicing deals – and to arrange your appointment.