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MOT testing

We have provided an impartial, unbiased MOT testing of vehicles for local residents, hackney, private hire vehicles and businesses, in addition to our own council fleet at our Thorpe Lane Depot in Banbury since 1993.

Image depicting MOT staff at Thorpe Lane
MOT staff at Thorpe Lane

We offer a range of convenient appointment times. Opening times from 7.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

MOT customers have the flexibility to drop off and leave vehicles during the day minimising disruption to working patterns - the advantage of being close to Banbury town centre.

Business accounts can be arranged, please contact us on 01295 221916  Image depicting MOT Online Booking
MOT Online Booking

You can now book your MOT online (have your log book/V5 to hand) or call us on 01295 221916 during office hours.
(Please note: Retests cannot be booked online)

About the MOT:

The MOT will be carried out at Thorpe Lane Depot in Banbury (location map under downloads on right hand side) and takes approximately 50 minutes.

We currently test the following classes:

Class IV - (Weight up to 3000kg) - Standard Cars, Light Vans and Motor Caravans

Class V - (Weight up to 5000kg) - Mini Buses over 12 Seats

Class VII - (Weight 3000kg - 3500kg) - Larger Vans


If the vehicle is retested within ten working days there will be no additional fee. Only one partial re-examination is permissible per full examination.

To view our charges please see charging schedule under downloads on right hand side.

Why chose Cherwell District Council:

· Convenient opening times, including early morning slots. even on your way to work

· Online booking

· We do not carry out repairs, only test vehicles - no hidden extras

· Independent, unbiased approach, with helpful, friendly staff

· MOT Waiting area

· Ability to leave vehicle, close to town centre location

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