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Class IV MOTs in Tilbury from Dry Dock Autos

To check safety, roadworthiness and emission standards, MOT garages perform annual inspections. These inspections cover multiple categories and apply to vehicles used on UK roads for three years or more. Our own workshop on Tilbury Docks has approval from the DVSA to undertake Class IV MOTs, which cover most passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. We provide MOT testing for customers from all surrounding locations in Essex.


Typically, Class IV MOTs take 45 minutes to complete so customers have the option of leaving their vehicles with us in the morning and collecting them later in the day, or they can wait in our comfortable viewing area to watch our inspectors perform the test. Those who wish to wait at our Tilbury premises have access to a selection of refreshments.


The physical checks of MOT tests include:

  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Registration Plate
  • Bodywork Condition
  • Lights and Indicators
  • Washer Bottle and Wipers
  • Seats and Seatbelts
  • Horn, Mirrors and Doors
  • Windscreen Condition
  • Wheels, Brakes and Tyres
  • Steering and Suspension Parts


To qualify as approved inspectors for Class IV MOTs, garages in Tilbury, Essex and the UK must have, amongst other things, an internet connection. The connection taps us into a nationwide database that stores the results of Class IV MOTs and inspections in other categories. Because the police use automatic number plate recognition software, drivers without a valid MOT certificate risk more roadside stops and, of course, potential penalties.


Driving without a valid MOT certificate could result in a fine of up to £1,000.


The nationwide database also allows us to contact regular customers in the Tilbury and Essex areas whenever their vehicles need presenting for Class IV MOTs in the future. It’s very easy to forget upcoming inspection dates, particularly when there are multiple cars in a family of drivers to consider, and our reminders ensure local motorists make their test appointments on time. We insect up to 28 days ahead of the current certificate expiry date.


Naturally, some cars and LCVs fail Class IV MOTs and when this happens, our workshop on Tilbury Docks contacts the customer to see if they’d like to have the required car repairs undertaken by Dry Dock Autos. We recommend leaving the repair work to our mechanics and, in most cases, we can perform the required work and the free re-test on the same day.

Call Dry Dock Autos on 01375 858930 and book in for Class IV MOTs at our popular workshop on Tilbury Docks.