Neath Abbey’s MOT Garage

We operate as an official MOT testing and servicing station, offering transparent, trustworthy and fully-accredited testing in a friendly environment.

Both our car and motorbike MOT tests are priced competitively, and we’re always happy to undertake any repair work necessary in the event of a vehicle failing its test

Come to Neath Abbey’s JR Bodyworx MOT test centre with no hidden costs and, if we find you need any work to pass then we won’t charge for the test a second time(10 Working Days).

Our MOT testing station is fully accessible for viewing, so you can be sure that we are doing your work properly and honestly. If you’d like to talk to us about making an arrangement for private or fleet MOTs, just give us a call where we will be happy to help.

Beat the most common fails by following our nine-point checklist


MOT headlines

MOT 19%Are all lights fully working? Have someone sit in the car while you walk around checking every light. Front, rear, headlights and dipped, hazards and indicators. If any aren’t working, buy a new bulb for a few quid and replace it. It’s easy in most cars, though a few do make it more complex.

MOT suspension

MOT 13%Check suspension. While a full suspension check is difficult, to see if the shock absorbers have gone, quickly apply your weight to each corner of the car then release. It should quickly settle back.

MOT brakes

MOT 10%%Is there tension on the handbrake? Not easy to test yourself, and it’ll need a proper mechanic to fix it. But if your brakes feel loose and unresponsive, or the handbrake slides up without resistance and can’t be ratcheted at a set level, it’s likely there’s a problem.

MOT tyres

MOT 8%Check tyre pressure. To check tyre pressure, look up what they should be, and fill ’em up at a petrol station.

Check tyre tread. This is the depth of grooves for road grip. The legal minimum’s 1.6mm for a car tyre (enough to let surface water slip through). To measure, use the quick 20p tyre test detailed on the Tyre Safe website. Pop a 20p coin on its edge into the main grooves of the tyre tread. If the outer rim of the coin is hidden, your tyres should be legal. If you can see it, get them checked.


MOT Windscreen

MOT 7%Is the driver’s windscreen damaged? Damage in the driver’s central view should be no larger than 10mm. In the whole of the swept area, it should be no larger than 40mm. If it is, get it fixed pre-test (often this is included by fully-comprehensive car insurance policies).

Windscreen wipers? Front wipers are in the check. They need to clear the windscreen in conjunction with the washers.


MOT Exhaust

MOT 5%Is the exhaust leaking? To check, start the engine (in a well-ventilated place, at normal temperature) and from the rear of the car listen for any unusual noises or abnormal smoke. These indicate a leak, which you should fix before the MOT.
License plates

MOT License plate

MOT 1%Can you read the licence plate? Make sure the plates are clean and easily legible from 20 metres away.
Are all fluids topped up? Check the brake fluid, windscreen washer and oil reserves.
The rest
An all-over once-over. Make sure the fuel cap is secure, mirrors are in good condition, and seatbelts, etc, are all fully functional.
(1) Sources: RAC and VOSA/DVSA

Checks introduced in March 2013 under EU rules (they were already in place in NI) include some extra checks, looking at areas such as electronic warning lights, speedometers and electronic handbrakes. You can find more info on the individual changes on the DfT website. For a full list of each check type, see


JR Bodyworx undertakes MOT testing for the following vehicle types:

Vehicle ClassVehicle Description
Class 1Motorbike (engine size up to 200 cm3)
Motorbike with sidecar (engine size up to 200 cm3)
Class 2Motorbike (engine size over 200 cm3)
Motorbike with sidecar (engine size over 200 cm3)
Class 43-wheeled vehicles (over 450kg unladen weight)
Cars (up to 8 passenger seats)
Motor caravans
Quads (max unladen weight 400kg – for goods vehicles 550kg and max net power of 15kw)
Dual purpose vehicles
Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)
Private passenger vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats)
Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight)

Phone: 01792 446486

Mob: 07912 934136