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Here at Harts of Honiton we have a team of highly trained and experienced staff. Book your MOT at Harts of Honiton and you can take advantage of our comfortable reception lounge and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while you wait.

We do class 4 MOT's at our Sidmouth and Honiton branches. If you have any questions about our MOT services don't hesitate to give us a call, one of our friendly staff will be able to answer your questions. If you would like to book an MOT please click the button and fill out the form above.


At Renault Harts the MOT is part of our daily routine carried out using our Renault trained technicians, often while you wait, with access to our free wi-fi, newspapers and tea and coffee.  But why not get your car serviced at the same time and maintain the main dealer service history? Booking an MOT and Service together saves you time and inconvenience and gives you total peace of mind for roadworthiness, safety, reliability of your vehicle and could save you future repair costs.


Most Renault cars and vans require an MOT test at an approved M.O.T. test centre once your car or van is 3 years old. You can then renew your MOT up to a month before it expires. (different  rules for taxi or vehicles with more than 8 passenger seats, and different rules for vans over 3.5t))

The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards The MOT looks at some important items including brakes, tyres, lights, wipers, mirrors on your car or van to see that they meet the key legal minimum requirements at the time of test, and that none of the dashboard warning lights (eg ABS, ESC and Electric Parking brake) are on. You should be aware that the MOT certificate is not a guarantee of the general mechanical condition of a vehicle.

An M.O.T. certificate confirms that at the time of the test, without dismantling, the car or van met the minimum acceptable road safety and environmental standards required by law. It does not mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the life of the certificate. It isn’t the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn’t check its general mechanical condition.The test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox. 

For this reason to give you total peace of mind after the MOT is completed Renault Harts will carry out a free Visual Health Check to check for leaks and report actual tyre tread depth and provide free advice on future maintenance needs, on your brakes for example which could save your money in the long run.


12 month guarantee our work includes a 12 month parts and labour guarantee
Software upgrade check checked against Renault systems for free upgrades
Vehicle Health Check peace of mind of the condition of your vehicle
Car washed and cleaned returning your car in it’s best possible condition
Waiting facilities refreshments, newspapers and wi-fi
Collect and deliver / lift ultimate convenience while your vehicle is with us
Low cost loan vehicle we offer a cost effective loan vehicles – booking required
Service plan quotation an effective way to spread the cost of motoring.



You’ll get an MOT certificate and your test record will be entered onto the secure central MOT database if your vehicle passes the test.

Mileage information on the test certificate

Test certificates issued after 18 November 2012 show the mileage recorded at the current and previous 3 test passes to help reduce vehicle crime.  This is shown on the certificate as the ‘odometer reading and history’.  If an earlier mileage is higher than a later one this could be due to:

  • a mistake by an MOT tester
  • a speedometer replacement
  • ‘clocking’ or tampering with your vehicle’s mileage

Mistakes on an earlier mileage can’t be changed. Check the latest mileage is correct and report any mistakes to the MOT centre within 7 days.


You’ll get a ‘notification of failure’ from the test centre if your vehicle fails the test. The failure will be recorded in the secure central MOT database.

You can still drive your vehicle if it fails the test and its existing MOT certificate is still valid (ie you got it tested before the expiry date). However, you might be stopped by police and prosecuted if your vehicle is unroadworthy.  If the vehicle fails the test and the certificate has expired, you can only drive it to:

  • a pre-arranged appointment at a garage to have the repairs done
  • a pre-arranged MOT test appointment


Your vehicle should be retested at the same test centre which did the original test.  There are several benefits of bringing your Renault car or van to Renault Hartsfor its MOT

For vehicles 3 years old but with 4 years warranty the potential cause of an MOT failure may be covered by the vehicle warranty, Renault warranty work can only be carried out at a Renault main dealer can carry out and would save you money on repair and re-test.

At Renault Harts if we don’t have the Renault parts in stock to repair the cause of an MOT failure, we have next day delivery of Renault parts, to get your car or van re-tested and back on the road more quickly.

We may be able to offer a loan vehicle or a lift (subject to to availability) to keep you mobile while we repair your vehicle after an MOT failure if it is not in a roadworthy condition.


If the vehicle is left at the Renault Harts MOT test centre for repair and retested before the end of 10 working days following the day it originally failed, then only a partial retest is needed. There is no fee.

MOT retests: Bringing your vehicle back to the Renault Harts MOT test centre

Before the end of the next working day

You won’t have to pay again if the vehicle is brought back to the same test centre before the end of the next working day for a partial retest on one or more of the following items only:

Access panels, battery, bonnet, boot lid, brake pedal anti-slip, doors (including hinges, catches and pillars), dropsides, electrical wiring, fuel filler cap, headlamp cleaning or levelling devices (without a headlamp aim check), horn, lamps (excluding headlamp aim), loading door, main beam ‘tell-tale’, mirrors, rear reflectors, registration plates seats, seatbelts (but not anchorages), seatbelt load limiter, seatbelt pre-tensioner, sharp edges or projections, steering wheel, Tailboard / tailgate, trailer electrical sockets, towbars (excluding body around anchorage points), tyre pressure monitoring system, vehicle identification number (VIN), windscreen and glass, windscreen wipers, windscreen washers, wheels and tyres (excluding motorbikes and motorbikes with sidecar.

For Class 5 vehicles only also the following: break glass hammer, door open warning device, emergency exits and signs, entrance door remote control, entrance/exit steps  and stairs  

Bringing your vehicle back within 10 working days

If the vehicle is removed from the test centre for repair and returned within 10 working days following the day it originally failed, then only a partial retest is needed. In this case a partial retest fee may be charged.

In all other cases, you’ll need to get a full retest and pay the full MOT test fee again

Harts of Honiton is an Appointed Representative of Automotive Compliance Ltd, who is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA No 497010). Automotive Compliance Ltd’s permissions as a Principal Firm allows Harts of Honiton act as a credit broker, not as a lender, for the introduction to a limited number of lenders and to act as an agent on behalf of the insurer for insurance distribution activities only.

We can introduce you to a selected panel of lenders, which includes MotoNovo Finance. An introduction to a lender does not amount to independent financial advice and we act as their agent for this introduction. Our approach is to introduce you first to MotoNovo Finance, who are usually able to offer the best available package for you, taking into account both interest rates and other contributions. If they are unable to make you an offer of finance, we then seek to introduce you to whichever of the other lenders on our panel is able to be make the next best offer of finance for you. Our aim is to secure the best deal you are eligible for from our panel of lenders. Lenders may pay a fixed commission to us for introducing you to them, calculated by reference to the vehicle model or amount you borrow. Different lenders may pay different commissions for such introductions, and MotoNovo Finance also provide preferential rates to us for the funding of our vehicle stock and also provide financial support for our training and marketing. But any such amounts they and other lenders pay us will not affect the amounts you pay under your finance agreement, all of which are set by the lender concerned. If you ask us what the amount of commission is, we will tell you in good time before the Finance agreement is executed. All finance applications are subject to status, terms and conditions apply, UK residents only, 18’s or over. Guarantees may be required.