Welcome to the website of Cowley Road MOTs. Founded in 1961, our family-run MOT garage serves motorists from Cowley, Headington, Oxford and all across wider Oxfordshire, providing fast, affordable and thorough MOT testing for all shapes and sizes of vehicle.
Whether you drive a car, 4x4, light commercial vehicle – we’ll be able to ascertain whether it is roadworthy by UK regulatory standards. We can provide while you wait MOTs, or test your vehicle while you’re at work or otherwise engaged, whatever is most convenient for you.
Unlike many other garages in and around Cowley, Headington, Oxford and Oxfordshire which offer MOT testing, we don’t profit if faults are found – we purely handle MOTs, not any required repairs. This allows us to remain entirely impartial; there’s no conflict of interest where finding an issue means we can keep your vehicle in and charge you for fixing mechanical faults.
The secret behind Cowley Road MOTs longevity, and why motorists from Cowley, Headington, Oxford and Oxfordshire still come to us for MOT testing half a century on from when we first opened our doors, is our fair and honest approach to MOTs.
Transparency is key, and if any fault is found that causes you to fail the test, we’ll explain it to you in detail and offer recommendations for how to proceed. Impartial MOTs and friendly advice is what we do best.
Our fully qualified team boast 30+ years’ experience within the MOT testing industry, and are registered with the DVSA (formerly VOSA).
We’re fully insured and up-to-date with all the latest MOT standards, and are equally at ease providing MOTs for domestic clients as we are commercial ones. Our MOT garage even offers emergency MOTs for drivers around Headington, Oxford and wider Oxfordshire who may have forgotten their test was due and not booked an appointment in advance. Just give us a call and we’ll do our best to squeeze you in for same-day, while you wait MOTs.
These guys are keeping the roads safe one car at a time! They are super friendly answering the phone, welcoming you, answering your questions. Their business model of MOT only means that they have no incentive to find phantom problems. For example, they will tell you if there is surface rust as they are obliged to do, but they will not try to sell you replacement work since they don't do that. Instead they will advise you whether work is necessary and suggest places to do it. I was a bit early for my appointment so I heard some of the results, advice and banter. One car failed for having cloudy headlights, 'but don't let anyone tell you that you need new ones. There are products for restoring them on Amazon and probably someone called Barry on YouTube showing you how to clean and shine them' I suspect that this business model means that they get more than their fair share of old cars with hopeful owners. Mine was the last MOT of the day, and the first to pass! D Newland
I have been using Cowley Road MOTs for three years now and cannot recommend it highly enough!
Tim and Steve are absolutely lovely; they provide an impeccable service and managed to fit my car in at very short notice for which I was very grateful!
They go above and beyond every time and you really can't do better than that!
Arrived 15 minutes early and they started on my car right away. Have been coming for a couple of years now and have always had good experiences. Quick service, and friendly staff who will be honest and straight with you.
Back again a third year running, excellent service again.