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Parkfield Garage, Ipplepen, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 5TD
01803 812767 | 07831 165727

MOT & Service

For competitively priced MOT and van servicing look no further. We come highly recommended for our expertise and great customer service and we can cater for all your MOT & servicing requirements. Our MOT test centre is fully equipped and our highly trained staff can provide help and assistance whatever your vehicle. Call us today to book your next MOT or van service.

At WestCountry Motors we have full workshop facilities to enable us to work on all makes of vehicles and offer high quality van & car repairs. Working for our customers across Newton Abbot and Torbay, we are able to provide a range of services including:

  • Servicing
  • Cambelt replacement
  • Clutch replacement
  • Tyres – supplied and fitted
  • Free exhaust fitting
  • Fleet maintenance
  • Fabricating
  • Recovery services and vehicle transportation
  • Welding to MOT standard
  • All types of van conversion undertaken. (please see some photos of our previous conversions). 
  •  security locks
  •  Roof Racks
  •  Tube Carriers
  •  Inverters- 12v-240v


Whatever your requirements we can provide a repair service to match at our garage and you can trust our expert team to take good care of your van or car whilst it is with us. All of the services we offer are carried out to a very high standard by our professional staff who have many years of experience in the industry. We use only quality manufacturer approved parts and materials from reputable suppliers to ensure an efficient, cost effective repair every time and greatly reduce the need for major repairs in the future.

We are able to provide you a courtesy van whilst your vehicle is being serviced,but please book when making your appointment to avoid disappointment.

Please feel free to enquire about any van conversion that you may require. All our conversions are bespoke and made to our customers requirements. with are expert knowledge we can carry out whatever type of work you may require.

Some examples of conversions to date- Dog mobile grooming parlour,Drain cctv surveillance vehicles,Drain jetters,  Crane installation,Window cleaning equipment and water tanks,

These are just some examples. The list is not exhaustive.  





  • The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards. You must get an MOT for your vehicle by either:

    • the third anniversary of its registration
    • the anniversary of its last MOT, if it's over 3 years old

    Some vehicles need to be tested at one year old, such as Ambulances, Taxis, or Private Passenger Vehicles with more than 8 seats.

    Please note, you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

  • An MOT lasts for a year. The date it runs out is printed on the last pass certificate. You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date.

  • You can't drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught.

    The only exceptions are to drive it:

    • to or from somewhere to be repaired
    • to a pre-arranged MOT test
  • During the MOT, important parts on your vehicle will be checked to make sure they meet the legal standards.

    You can watch the test from a viewing area but you're not allowed to interrupt the tester.

    The test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.

    For more information on which parts of your vehicle are tested, visit

  • Your vehicle can either pass or fail the MOT. If it fails, you'll get a list of things that need to be fixed.

    Passing the MOT

    If your vehicle passes the MOT:

    • you'll get an MOT certificate from the test centre
    • it will be recorded in the MOT database

    Mileage reading

    The MOT certificate will show the mileage recorded at the current and previous 3 test passes. This is shown as the 'odometer reading and history'.

    Report any mistakes with the latest reading to the MOT centre within 7 days. They will give you a replacement certificate.

    Mistakes on an earlier mileage can't be changed.

    Failing the MOT

    If your vehicle fails the MOT:

    • you'll get a 'refusal of an MOT test certificate' from the test centre
    • it will be recorded in the MOT database

    You can appeal the result if you think it's wrong.

    Driving a vehicle that's failed

    You must not drive the vehicle on the road if it fails the test, even if the MOT hasn't run out, except to:

    • have the failed defects fixed
    • a pre-arranged MOT test appointment

    You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

  • You don't need to get an MOT for a vehicle that hasn't reached the age its first MOT is needed.

    Exempt vehicles

    Other vehicles that don't need an MOT include:

    • cars and motorcycles made before 1960
    • goods vehicles powered by electricity
    • tractors

    A list of exempt types of vehicles is on form V112. You need to fill in the form if your vehicle is listed so that you can tax it.

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