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4.7 out of 5 from 4652 reviews.

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What Drivers Are Saying About Our Reading MOT Centres

Great Service

LD Garage Services

“Very pleased as always with this garage.Dropped my car in early for full service and MOT, few hours later the car was ready to collect No waiting around all day like some dealers! Friendly staff too! Both my son and daughter now use this garage for their services and any car issues.”

Would recommend

Very professional service


“Good service and communication throughout. It was a nice surprise to see my car had been cleaned too as I hadn't expected that!”

Would recommend

Great experience and communication

Cardiff Rd Tyres & Mechanical Repairs

“Hassle free MOT with great staff ! Recommended !”

Would recommend

Why Use BookMyGarage to Book An MOT in Reading?

We have helped over 6 million drivers compare and save on their MOT, servicing and repair costs at local garages. In fact, when you compare MOT centres in Reading through our online comparison site, you can save up to 70% when you choose one of the lower-cost options!

As the UK’s leading MOT and service comparison site, we’re dedicated to helping drivers save money on their car maintenance. Here are just some of the ways we keep you in control of your Reading MOT:


No Upfront Payment. You never enter any payment details when you book your MOT in Reading. We never charge you any fees to use our site and you always pay the garage directly after the appointment.

Convenient Extra Services. If you usually struggle to find time to take your car into a garage for its MOT or service, you can relax with BookMyGarage. Many garages on our online comparison site offer Vehicle Collection and Delivery, Customer Drop-Off & Loan Car services. These can be the helping hand you need to make your life a little bit easier.

24/7 Online Booking. When you need an MOT in Reading, you want to book it as soon as possible. You don’t want to wait around for the garage to open so you can call up and get it sorted - and with BookMyGarage, you don’t have to. We allow you to make your appointment day or night, even when the garage is closed.

Filter Garages Your Way. Whether you want to book the cheapest Reading MOT or care more about the garage’s reviews, we’ve got you covered. You can filter your search results by price, reviews & ratings, distance, availability and additional services to find the best deal for your needs.


Compare deals and save up to 70% on your car maintenance when you choose one of the lower-cost options through BookMyGarage. Enter your vehicle reg and postcode to compare instant prices on your Reading MOT and book the best deal today.


How to Book an MOT in Reading

  1. Enter your vehicle reg and postcode.
  2. Compare deals. You can sort Reading MOT centres by whatever best suits your needs: price, distance, reviews and ratings or availability.
  3. Pick a date and time for your appointment.


After you book your Reading MOT, we send you a confirmation email with a summary of your booking. We also inform the garage who may also be in touch to confirm the appointment or to ask for extra details.

You never pay for your booking until after all the work has been completed and deal with the garage directly after the initial booking process. You also have the ability to change or cancel your booking for free until the day of your appointment.


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Book Your Car Into an MOT Garage in Reading Before the Expiry Date to Avoid a Fine

Is your car due an MOT test? Then you need to book an MOT in Reading as soon as possible. The test will check whether your car meets road safety and environmental standards. If it doesn't, or you drive without a valid certificate, you risk receiving a £1,000 fine.

The only exception to this rule is if you are driving it to a garage to be repaired or to a pre-booked MOT test.

Make sure you avoid the risk of missing your test date by booking your MOT well in advance using our comparison tool; the MOT cost will vary for each Reading MOT centre so this is a great way to save money and ensure you are booking a cheap MOT.

Enter your vehicle reg and postcode into our online comparison tool to get instant prices and book the best deal for your MOT in Reading.


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Sign-up For MOT Reminder Emails

If you struggle to remember when your MOT in Reading is due, enter your reg into our FREE MOT checker to find out your expiry date instantly. You then also have the option to sign up for MOT reminder emails so you don’t miss your expiry date ever again. 

Please note that when you sign up for MOT reminders, we don’t use your email address for any other marketing purposes, unless you have specifically opted in for these communications.



Driving in Reading

Located in the Thames Valley to the west of London, Reading in Berkshire is not too well-known as one of Britain’s must-visit towns. However, once you get there, you’ll discover a surprising amount of things to see and do.

It is sometimes described as being on London’s commuter belt but the influx of daily traffic outweighs the outflow due to the large number of tech companies and international businesses which have made Reading their home.



What is an MOT Test?

An MOT test, or Ministry of Transport Test, is an essential annual vehicle check to assess roadworthiness and safety standards. It ensures all vehicles on UK roads are maintained to a certain standard, improving road safety standards in the process.


What Do I Do if My MOT is Overdue?

If your MOT is overdue you must book a test immediately. It is illegal to drive on public roads in and around Reading without a valid MOT certificate.

You can book an MOT online today by entering your vehicle registration and postcode into our comparison site.


What is Checked in a Service and MOT?

MOT Checklist:

This is the official DVSA MOT checklist.

Seats & Seatbelts

Warning Lights

Switches (Headlights, Indicators, Hazards)

Windscreen Condition

Washers & Wipers Operation

Brake Pedal

Steering Wheel & Steering Column




Number Plate & Number Plate Lights

Wiper Blades Condition

Indicators & Hazard Lights

Headlights & Headlight Aim

Brake Lights, Fog Lights & Reflectors

Wheels & Tyres

Shock Absorbers

Fuel Tank Cap & Fuel Tank

Boot Lid & Bonnet Operation

Towbars (if applicable)

Bodywork Condition

Vehicle Structure

Brakes Operation

Exhaust & Fuel System

Speed Limiter (if applicable)

Steering & Power Steering Components

Suspension Components

Drive Shaft (if applicable)

Wheel Bearings

Structure & General Vehicle Condition (underneath)

Emissions Test

Parking Brake



You will get a different number of checks depending on which car service you book through BookMyGarage. Please note, that all the following checks only apply to our service schedule. You may not get the same car service if you book directly with a garage.


Interim Service Checklist:

Engine Oil Changed

Oil Filter Changed

Screenwash Top-up (if needed)

Coolant Top-up (if needed)

Brake Fluid Top-up (if needed)

Power Steering Fluid Top-up (if needed)

AdBlue Top-up (Diesel cars only - extra cost)

External Lights

Dashboard Warning Lights

Horn Operation

Windscreen Wipers Operation

Windscreen Washers Operation

Check for Oil Leaks

Antifreeze Strength (extra cost if replacement needed)

Check Timing Belt Replacement Intervals

Visual Check of Brake Pads

Condition of Tyres

Tyre Tread Depths

Check Tyre Pressure & Adjust (if needed)

Condition of Steering Rack Gaiters

Condition of Exhaust

Clutch Fluid Level (if applicable)

Any Oil Leaks From Transmission

Reset Vehicle Service Light (where applicable)

Stamp Printout of BookMyGarage Service Schedule


Full Service Checklist:

The BookMyGarage Full Service checklist includes the Interim Service checklist plus the following:

Air Filter Changed

Condition of Pollen Filter (additional cost if replacement needed)

Condition of Windscreen

Condition of Internal & External Mirrors

Condition of Number Plate

Operation of Seatbelts

Condition of Radiator & Coolant Hoses and Report on Any Leaks

Condition & Tension of Auxiliary Drive Belt

Condition of Brake Fluid (extra cost if replacement needed)

Visual Check of Brake Discs

Condition of All Visible Brake Pipes & Hoses

Operation of Hand Brake

Condition of Brake Callipers (checking for security and leaks)

Condition of Road Springs

Condition of Steering Components

Condition of Suspension Components

Condition of Shock Absorbers

Wheel Bearings

Exhaust Smoke (Diesels only)

Drive Shaft Gaiters (reporting on security and leaks)


Major Service Checklist:

The BookMyGarage Major Service checklist includes the Full Service checklist plus the following:

Fuel Filter Changed (Pollen Filter if not fitted externally)

Door Operation

Bonnet Operation

Condition of All Locks

Air Conditioning System Operation

Radiator Cap

Electrical Coolant Fan (if applicable)

Change Spark Plugs (extra cost if needed)

Clutch Operation



What Documents Do I Need to Take to My MOT and Service?

You don’t need to bring any documents to your MOT and service appointment. However, there are a few things you may wish to have handy to make your booking as smooth as possible. 

Previously, you needed to bring the previous year's MOT certificate, your car’s logbook (V5C) and other letters and documents. All this information is now online and available to all licenced UK MOT testers. This means that you don’t need to show any documents on the day of your appointment.

You may wish to bring or do the following things on the day of your appointment:

  1. Make sure your locking wheel nut key is accessible. This will help the technician remove your car’s wheels if necessary.
  2. Remove any clutter from your boot and the back seats. This will allow access to the spare wheel and make it easier to test the rear seatbelts and seats.
  3. Bring your car’s service book and/or logbook (V5C). The technician may record details of your service in your service book as well as on other paperwork.


Does a Service Include an MOT?

A car service does not include an MOT. They are different aspects of car maintenance and so you must book them separately.

An MOT is a legally required yearly check for every vehicle over 3 years old. It tests your vehicle’s safety and roadworthiness and highlights any serious faults that your car may have. If your vehicle fails, you must get the repairs completed before you can drive it home.

A car service is completely voluntary and acts as a routine health check for your vehicle. It highlights the parts that are suffering from excessive wear and tear so you can repair or replace them. It is the best way to keep your car in good condition and helps to avoid expensive repairs or breakdowns.

In short, a car service includes actual maintenance, whereas the MOT is just a visual check with a pass/fail outcome.


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