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3 North Lane, East Preston, Sussex, BN16 1BN

MOT & Service

Hares of Rustington opened its doors in 1908, we are celebrating our 105th year and will continue to be a dealer to be proud of. Hares of Sussex and Rustington sell used cars all around East Sussex and West Sussex and further afield. As your local multi make service and Mot specialist we can offer a free collection and delivery service from your home or work. (subject to distance). We also offer courtesy cars for your convenience. We can work on any car and we are Specialists in Rover and Daihatsu cars. We invest in the latest diagnostic equipment to ensure we can fix your car. If your car has broken down, we can collect the car should you not have a breakdown providor. (subject to distance and type of car) 


There has been a big influx of cheap service centres and mot centres, naming no names, you do get what you pay for. We charge an honest fee for all our work and don't cut any corners.

We dont have any expensive advertising campaigns to pay for either.

Our service prices start at £79 for an interim service


This months offers -

MOT only £39.95, £34.95 when booked with any service

Please visit us for those small jobs too, i.e, changing your headlight bulbs, topping up your tyre pressures,  we don't charge anything like the "we fit" guys charge which currently is £6.95 per headlight which is very expensive. If it does not take too long there is usually no charge at all - thats true customer service.


Please call with your best price for any type of work and we will try our best to beat it, cant be simpler than that!

Thank you very much for your support in difficult times, we really do appreciate it. Remember to support your local dealer and we will be around for another 105 years.





  • 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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