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We offer half price MOTs (£27) when booked online at our Plymouth MOT Centre. We also carry out car servicing and car body repair.

Whites Autocentre’s six-man team of technicians, which includes four fully authorised MOT Testers, have a wealth of motor workshop experience. The garage offers friendly and exceptional service, outstanding workmanship and competitive labour rates under John’s ownership.

Whites Autocentre is conveniently located close to the heart of Plymouth which is ideal for people working or visiting the city centre. There’s a large and secure car park too, where you can leave your car and go to work or shopping etc and pick up later in the day. The team provide car servicing, repairs and MOTs for any make or model of car and light commercial vehicle, all at our MOT garage in Plymouth. The workshop is extremely well equipped and the overall quality of workmanship is always exceedingly high.

What is an MOT?

An MOT is designed to prove your vehicle is safe to drive and roadworthy. An MOT will ensure your vehicle has been properly maintained and meets requirements of the law. It is a legal requirement for cars, motorcycles and light goods vehicles older than 3 years to have one. An MOT is not a guarantee that a vehicle is in good mechanical condition.

What happens if my vehicle fails its MOT?

Following the failed MOT, you will be given a VT3O certificate that lists items of failure. At Whites Autocentre, we will make it very clear what repairs or changes are required in order for your vehicle to pass another test. There is no limit on time before a retest so it is at your discretion. Just remember that your vehicle isn’t legally allowed to be on the road without a valid MOT certificate.

How long does it take?

An MOT test takes around 45 minutes to complete.

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MOT Information from our Blog.

The Importance of an MOT

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Can’t I just drive without an MOT?

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Are any cars exempt from needing an MOT?

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What happens when my car passes?

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How much should an MOT cost me?

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Information About MOTs

Once a car is three years old (four years in Northern Ireland) it must be MOT tested each year to check it meets road safety and environmental standards.

This Ministry of Transport test is commonly known as an ‘MOT’.

MOT tests are carried out at authorised test centres around the country such as Whites Auto Centre Plymouth, all of which display an official blue sign featuring three white triangles.

An MOT test in Plymouth (and other places) involves dozens of checks on your car, ranging from the brakes and fuel system to lights, mirrors, seatbelts, windscreen wipers and exhaust system.

How long does an MOT test take at Whites Auto Centre? An average MOT test takes around 1h, but there are a couple of other things to take into consideration.

First, if your vehicle fails the test and repairs are needed this will take longer.

A test centre isn’t allowed to let you drive away a car that has failed an MOT until the problems are fixed, unless your existing MOT certificate is still valid, or you’re taking the car to have the faults fixed.

Second, the test might take an hour or less, but, even if there aren’t any repairs, this doesn’t mean your vehicle will only have to be at the garage for 60 minutes.

MOT Test centres can require you to drop your vehicle off first thing in the morning and collect it when ready.

This means you should be prepared to be without your vehicle for the day.

Book an MOT in Plymouth today with Whites Auto Centre using our handy online form!

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Automatic Transmission.

CAN Bus Systems.

Chassis Network Systems.

Fuel Injection/Diesel Management Systems.


Insurance Repairs.

Service Light Resetting.

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Car Serving.

Van Servicing.


Taxi Testing.

Cam Belts Checking And Changing.

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Whites Auto Centre

40 George Place


Plymouth, Devon

PL1 3NY.


Telephone: 01752 255448
Mobile: 07850 964295