MOT test station at CCM garages
Black car being MOT tested at CCM Garages


At CCM we understand how a surprise MOT reminder can come as quite a shock to you. It’s not the most difficult thing to do, but it can be a pain to organise especially if your life is already hectic enough. Never fear! We are here to do what we can to make this easier for you.

Not able to get your car to our garage? Not a problem, we offer a free collection and drop off service for the local area. Need to rush off to work? We’ve got you covered with one of our many free courtesy cars!

We have 26 technicians and MOT testers across our MOT centres in Horsham, Cranleigh and Ewhurst and our team have over 30 years of experience so we are sure we will be able to get your MOT test sorted for you. Even if you have left it until the very last minute, we are usually able to get a same-day MOT appointment booked for you.

If you want to see everything that is checked in an MOT (trust us, it’s a lot) then click here. This blog post covers every check required, how you can prepare, common fail items and much more!

Why Should I Get A Car Service?

One thing we always recommend to our customers is to get a service alongside your MOT. Yes, it’s a bit more money to spend but it is totally worth it in the long run.

The MOT test ensures that your car is road legal and safe. So, no jagged edges, broken bulbs, faulty seat belts – anything that could be considered dangerous to you or other road users. It may be a surprise to many that it doesn’t check your engine, clutch or gearbox, which most would say are the most essential parts of a car! The MOT test only tends to flag up a problem when it already needs to be fixed. A service, on the other hand, cares for your car and can stop future issues from arising. Like when your dentist tells you to floss each tooth if you want to keep them all. Your car has plenty of parts that require regular checking and topping up, and each of our service levels covers this for you.

Your car’s service manual is the key to keeping your vehicle in good repair – written by the people who designed and built your car

An un-serviced vehicle can cost more:

  • In fuel consumption
  • Potential major repairs
  • Lubricating properties deteriorate
  • Items wearing quicker e.g. tyres
  • Lack of oil can cause serious damage
  • Clogs in pipes make oil unable to pass-through
  • Not all home mechanics have the tools or knowledge to perform the 50+ steps and system checks required

However, a serviced vehicle:

  • Maintains the value of your vehicle
  • Lowers running costs
  • Maintains fuel efficiency
  • Better performance & reliability
  • Highlights any future issues so you can repair them before needing a full replacement
  • Service book stamped for improved resale value
  • Prevents dirt and dust causing major mechanical issues
  • Prolongs engine longevity

Car manufacturers now recommend that vehicles are serviced annually, however, there are some age and mileage milestones you need to be aware of. These will be mentioned in your vehicle’s handbook and the onboard information systems.

When your service light appears on your dash, it’s best to get this booked in right away to prevent a hefty repair cost later on.

Poor maintenance average repair costs:

Timing belt replacement = £446.72
Engine replacement if the timing belt fails = £2,000 – £4,000

Basic oil & filter change = from £56
Turbo replacement due to poor oil condition = £600 – £1000

Can you see how prevention is better than cure here?

The average cost of an unexpected repair on a used car is £603, according to data from an aftermarket warranty firm. Whereas the average cost of a basic service is £149.92 or £376.78 for a full service.


As we mentioned, the MOT is the legal part. This is what we have to have done to be legally allowed to drive our vehicle. Without this, we would probably see a lot of dangerous cars around which wouldn’t be good for anyone. Driving without a valid MOT can land you with a fine of up to £1000 too!

Every MOT tester has to take mandatory training and an exam each year to make sure they are up to date with the latest information and test parameters. So you can rest assured that we know exactly what we need to do when it comes to your MOT test.

You can see just a few of what’s checked in an MOT on the right.

  • Seats and seat belts

  • Wipers

  • Wheels and tyres

  • Braking and exhaust systems

  • General vehicle condition

  • Suspension and shock absorbers

Servicing is often dismissed as just another expense but we really do recommend everyone to book a service while their car is in for its MOT. Yes, it does mean spending a bit more money but we know that prevention is better than cure. Plus, your car is already here!

Just let us have a look around the engine and run a few more checks to ensure that your vehicle is running as smoothly as possible. We’ll also make sure all your oils and fluids are topped up, keeping your car going for longer.

    Each service is sorted by levels which are based on the engine size of your vehicle. Find out which level you will need, then use the table below to see the pricing options.


    • Level 1: 499cc – 1099cc
    • Level 2: 1100cc – 1899cc
    • Level 3: 1900cc – 2399cc
    • Level 4: 2400cc+*

    If your vehicle is 2400cc+ your quote may need to be created specifically for you due to the specification of oil & parts.

We’ve tried our best to make our service plans as easy as possible to understand. We offer four different services rated from Bronze to Platinum. The higher up you go, the more checks you get. It’s really that simple.

Step 1: Which level does your vehicle fall into?

Level 1
Level 2 Level 3 Level 4*
499cc - 1,099cc
1,100cc - 1,899cc
1,900cc - 2,399cc
2,400cc +

*If your vehicle is still within warranty or 2,400cc +, your quote will need to be created personally due to the specification of oil and parts.

Step 2: How much will it cost?

  Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4

Step 3: Which items would you like changed and checked within your service?

  Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
Check starter motor operation
Check and report instrument/warning lamps
Check horn operation
Add motor flush and fuel conditioner
Check all exterior lights
Check all wiper blades and fluid
Check and top up all under bonnet levels
Carry out anti-freeze strength test and report
Carry out brake fluid test and report
Check and report condition/pressures of all tyres including spare
Visual brake inspection
Replace engine oil, oil filter, sump plug*
Carry out road test
Parking brake and foot brake travel
Reset service indicator
Stamp/update service book
Check and lubricate catches  
Check condition of number plates, exterior mirrors and trims  
Check fuel cap  
Check radiator and cooling fan condition  
Check clutch and hydraulic fluid  
Check calipers and cylinders  
Check front and rear wheel bearings  
Check for engine oil leaks  
Check auxiliary belt and tension  
Check exhaust system and mountings  
Check for gearbox oil leaks  
Check underbody pipes and hoses  
Check suspension components  
Check steering components  
Replace pollen/cabin filter  
Check operation of air conditioning  
Check and report timing belt intervals  
Body inspection    
Check engine and gearbox mounts    
Strip clean and adjust brakes**    
Replace air filter    
Replace fuel filter    
Replace spark plugs (if petrol vehicle)***    
Fault code read and report    
Check sunroof and guide rails      
Carry out battery and alternator checks      
Carry out brake fluid change      

*Extra charge for high performance/specialist oils

**Additional 0.4hrs labour for drum brakes

***Extra charge for platinum spark plugs

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