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MOT Testing in Thornton Heath and Croydon

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All motorists are obliged to book in their vehicles for MOT testing from three years after the date of manufacture. At Pond Garage, we been testing cars for owners in Thornton Heath and the surrounding Croydon area since 1957. Today, our garage is approved by the DVSA, and we perform MOT testing on any vehicle in the Class IV category.


The MOT test is a series of physical and mechanical checks which determine the safety, roadworthiness and emission standards of your vehicle. Upon successful completion of the test, our garage in Thornton Heath issues a pass certificate which runs for 12 months.


Should a vehicle fail MOT testing, motorists in the London Borough of Croydon and the nearby Surrey area will be issued a copy of the inspection elements which clearly indicate the reasons for that failure. Should this happen to you, please keep in mind that Pond Garage can undertake car repairs on any vehicle which has failed a Class IV MOT test.

Your Five-Minute Checklist


Prior to MOT testing at our garage in Thornton Heath, we advise customers in the Croydon area to check basic roadworthiness elements of the test ahead of setting out for their appointment. In doing so, minor issues can be addressed beforehand. This increases the chance of your vehicle passing all MOT testing elements during the actual inspection.


  • Ensure all exterior lights are clean and that the bulbs are operational
  • Check the condition of the wiper blades and functionality of the washer jets
  • Check all tyres for correct depth, size, pressure, condition and wheel nuts
  • Test the horn to ensure it is working and audible
  • Ensure seatbelts are operational and not tucked behind the rear seats
  • Top up oil and fluid levels as the vehicle will be running during the test
  • Ensure doors, bonnets, boots and tailgates latch correctly upon closing


We remind existing customers in Thornton Heath and Croydon that Pond Garage maintains a database so that reminders for MOT testing can be dispatched well in advance of a due inspection. MOT testing can be undertaken up to 28 days ahead of a current MOT expiring, giving the vehicle owner up to 13 months of full and concurrent certification.


Our garage has dedicated bays which we only use for MOT testing. This means that you’ll always be seen at your scheduled appointment time and we’ll never use the ramp we’ve assigned to your vehicle for any other type of work. Vehicle collection and delivery is available if you don’t have the time to pop in for MOT testing with us personally.

Book in for MOT testing at our garage in Thornton Heath by calling 020 8684 1404. We provide inspections on all Class IV vehicles.