The cost of setting up an MOT Bay in 2023


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MOT Bay in 2023

Depending on your supplier, it can cost anywhere from £10,995 to set up an MOT testing station, however, the prices differ substantially from a Class 1 & 2 MOT Bay for motorcycle MOT testing, to a Class 4 or Class 7 MOT Bays for testing Car, Vans or Commercial vehicles.

What are the different Classes of MOT Bays?

MOT bays are categorised into different classes based on the types of vehicles they are authorised to test. Each class has its own set of equipment requirements and costs, and the three main types of MOT Bay that cover the majority of vehicles in the UK are as follows:

Class 1 and 2 Bays

These MOT bays are designed for testing motorcycles but can also be used for a motorcycle and sidecar, with engine sizes up to 200cc. The basic equipment required for these bays includes:

The average cost of setting up a Class 1 or 2 MOT bay ranges from £10,995 to £13,995.


Class 4 Bays

These bays cater to a wider range of vehicles, including cars, caravans passenger vehicles, ambulances and up to 12-person vehicles with a design gross weight of up to 3,000 kg. The essential equipment required for Class 4 bays includes:

The average cost of setting up a Class 4 MOT bay ranges from £19,995 to £34,995 (with the lower range being a Class 4 MOT Pit Bay).


Class 7 Bays

The larger of the MOT bays are equipped to handle the bigger and heavier vehicles, including lorries, buses, and coaches.

If you have a Class 7 MOT bay, you can also work on Class 4 vehicles, thus making your MOT testing station capable of earning even more money from the wider range of vehicles that you can test, and as such the equipment required for Class 7 bays is very similar to that of the Class 4 MOT Bay, and includes:

The average cost of setting up a Class 7 MOT bay ranges from £21,495 to £31,995 (with the lower range being a Class 7 MOT Pit Bay).


The VT01 Application Process

To establish your garage as an MOT testing station, you must first obtain authorisation from the DVSA. This involves submitting an application form VT01, which requires detailed information about your business, premises, equipment, and personnel, including who will become the Authorised Examiner (the person or business that runs it).

The DVSA will thoroughly assess your application and conduct an inspection of your premises to ensure compliance with their standards.

Essential Equipment for MOT Testing

Apart from the bay-specific equipment mentioned earlier, there are other essential items required for MOT testing:

  • Computer, laptop or tablet
  • Internet connection
  • Printer
  • MOT testing software
  • Tools and workshop equipment
  • Signage and safety equipment
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Proper lighting
  • Ample ventilation
  • Sufficient space for the MOT testing area

Other Garage Equipment you may need

To maximise the revenue your MOT Bay can make, as well as testing you may also offer car and vehicle servicing and repairs, as well as tyre changing services.  With this in mind, some other garage equipment you may consider adding to your MOT Bay to offer everything your customer may need includes:

Streamlining the MOT Bay Setup Process with Concept Garage Equipment

Concept Garage Equipment, a leading provider of MOT testing equipment and services, offers comprehensive support to aspiring MOT testing station owners. Their expertise encompasses:

  • Site surveys and measuring up
  • Equipment selection and procurement
  • Installation and MOT Tester training
  • Ongoing maintenance and support
  • Compliance guidance and assistance

With Concept Garage Equipment as your partner, you can navigate the complexities of setting up an MOT testing station with confidence, ensuring a smooth and successful transition into this very profitable industry.

Call us on 0113 469 0572 if we can help or advise you in any way.