MOT Testing in Deptford and Dartford

The Test Centre is one of the busiest MOT Testing stations in England.

About the MOT Test

It's a funny old thing, the MOT. It's probably the most misunderstood area of the garage trade. When completed properly it can be a valid and worthwhile safety test, to a point, although often it is devalued and discounted. I can never work out why some garages are so quick to heavily discount the test fee, especially given that an MOT Test bay costs upwards of £30,000 to install.  

You have to ask yourself; "How can Fred In A Shed Garage Co. make a living charging £35.00 for an M.O.T?" and then smell a rat - a very big rat!  Given that the garage has to recover the cost of owning an MOT bay, the only way to make profit on discounted a MOT is to either cut corners or carry out unnecessary repairs- "and that ain't good".

Especially when you come back to the fact that the MOT Test is primarily a safety test designed to protect you and your family.  

How to book

Book your MOT online with our online booking system.

Even completed properly, there are a few points worth bearing in mind:

  • The mot test is a snapshot of your vehicles condition on that day. As an mot tester you can't look at a component and fail it just because you think it may fail six months down the road.
  • Nothing is stripped down on the mot. For example, a tester can't take your wheels off to check your brakes - if you can't see it, you can't test it. Strangely the tester has to take off your fuel cap to check the seal, but is not allowed to take off the brake fluid reservoir cap to check the brake fluid level - great eh?
  • Just because its passed an MOT it doesn't make it legal! Take tinted windows for example, If you front door windows are tinted it wont fail an mot, but a keen policeman would see things differently. The police work to a different set of regulations (construction and use blended with a few old wives tails quite often :-))
  • The mot is not a replacement for a service. An mot is just a visual check - no adjustments, no stripping, no cleaning.

What we do:

We have a motorbike testing lane for classes I & II, testing lanes for class IV (Cars & Light vans), and lanes for classes V and VII (Minibuses and 3000kg - 3500kg Goods Vehicles). We also have several qualified testers aiming to deal with our customers quickly and efficiently. The Test Centre deals with all vehicles; including motorbikes, trikes and vans weighing up to 3000 Kg as well as cars.  

Only MOTs

The Test Centre now only provide M.O.T testing to our customers - we no longer undertake servicing and repairs. This ensures that you, the customer, get an unbiased and fair M.O.T test.


MOTs Available

  • Cars
  • Light Vans
  • Motorbikes
  • Trikes
  • Taxis
  • Private Passenger Vehicles
  • 3,000kg to 3,500kg Goods Vehicles

No Pass
No Fee

We operate a no pass, no fee policy - if you don't pass your MOT, you don't pay.

It's that simple.


Really good service. I was able to book online which meant there was no waiting in queue. Staff were really professional, friendly and very efficient in their jobs. Definitely the place to get your MOT.

Simone John

I've used The Test Centre for several years and their service is always great. I booked in for a 7am slot and I was back home by 7.45am. The staff are great, really friendly and appeared to be happy and smiling given the time. There's a nice waiting area with a TV, you can buy hot drinks and the ...

Roy Abraham

Excellent service from the receptionist on the phone and in person, right through to the testers. It was my 1st MOT and everyone was very friendly and helpful. The service was very fast and we were served with a smile! I will be back soon and highly recommend this place to everyone! Thanks guys ...


Great service, have used them for over 5 years very professional and polite. An the price is reasonable the collection and return of vehicle no problems vehicle is returned the same as it was collected. Keep up the good work.

Peter Bennett

I've used this MOT centre before with my last car. The service you receive here is fantastic and there is actually somewhere to sit as well as coffee and hot chocolate! This is obviously the reason why they have won so many awards. Their professionalism and courtesy is second to none. I can't e...

Pedy Day

I think this is probably the most convenient MOT station ever! I can see why it has won garage of the year. I felt so comfortable taking my car for its yearly check up unlike quick fit where I was made to feel very stupid. The whole garage was really clean and it was actually a pleasant experienc...

Michelle Chalmers

This is the 2nd time doing my MOT here. I was reminded by text my MOT was due which was very useful as I couldn't remember. Excellent service from mechanics to receptionist. Quick & friendly. High recommended.

Dat Nguyen

Fast, efficient and polite! Absolutely fabulous service and also prompt! Have recommended to a number of friends and they are now of the same opinion. I have been visiting this garage for a number of years now and would not go anywhere else!

Mak Copley

Love this place! Professional, friendly and great to go to a place that doesn't patronise female drivers. Can't recommend them highly enough.

Sarah Jelly

Excellent experience. The staff were very polite and courteous. The mechanic was very knowledgeable about my car and gave me simple understandable explanations. Appointment started on time. Very high standard, efficiency, friendly. I was very relaxed and comfortable in the waiting area.x

Constance Ovonji

Just got my MOT done for a Mazda 3 and the lad there was brilliant. He went through everything and took time to explain. Staff knew what there were doing and everyone was very professional. I can't recommend them highly enough.

Dinuka Wijesinghe

I have been having my cars MOTD for the last 7 years with this company and their service and attitude is excellent. I would never use anyone else. They are honest and very relaiable with their drop off and pick up service

Elaina Talbot

What an amazing company it's my first time using them and found them very professional, friendly and efficient. I booked my MOT at 2pm over the phone for 3pm the same day... well worth the money I'll be back next year thank you

Matt Maccoll

Always friendly and professional. Have been having my MOT done here for 6 years and would highly recommend this place. Very courteous friendly and professional.

Atiqur Rahman

Great service and very efficient. I've been going there for years, you're in and out very quickly. I'd definitely recommend.

Steve Hammond

Very friendly staff. Service is great. I love their reminders. I was seen bang on the appointed time. Keep it up guys. Excellent service.

Shazzmo Mo

Great experience! Got an appointment, arrived in time. My bike was tested. It passed, I paid, I went back home happy

Pastor JT

Absolutely perfect. I phoned because a bit late and they were fine. The Mechanic was so polite and professional as was the man behind the desk. They turned what was a possible nightmare into a very pleasant experience and yes we passed which definitely helped.

Elaine Shaw

The best mot station I have ever been to, and also all of the staff are so friendly and helpful. They make you feel so welcome and relaxed I would highly recommend them to everyone. 10/10 for the staff

Chales Agnew

Very quick and efficient service been coming here for years with no problems. Highly recommended.

Ms Terri

A very friendly and efficient place a nice waiting room and facilities I'd recommend anybody to book their Vehicle for an MOT here I shall return next year thank you

Andrew Whitehead

First Class Service Every member of staff from the receptionists to the examiners are friendly and courteous, and polite Cannot fault them in any way. Keep it up people you've got an excellent attitude & formula I would give 10 stars if possible HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Dave Gibbo

Very clean garage. The staff are nice and friendly. There is a comfortable waiting area with a hot drinks machine and a clean toilet on site.


Super efficient service. Incredibly friendly. Been using this place for years and the level of efficiency hasn't faltered. Thank you... see you next year!

Gina Murray

I now use the test centre all the time, the staff are very friendly and pleasant. The workplace is clean and tidy and hot drinks available when waiting. I would highly recommend The Test Centre to anyone thinking of using this centre, also very very reasonable prices Thank you all so much A+ 100% s...


The Test Centre

Deptford, London

0208 691 9827

193 - 197 Edward Place
Off Edward Street


Dartford, Kent

01322 907066

Unit 19 Applegarth Drive

Opening hours

Monday - Thurs:

7:00am - 7:00pm


7:00am - 10:00pm


7:00am - 4:00pm


8:00am - 2:00pm

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