Formula One Autocentres reviews

What people are saying about us...

Jan 11, 2017

I am very happy with Formula One, they are always friendly and helpful no matter the issue. I feel confident that my car will be treated well by them. Reading

Dec 26, 2016

Awesome management and great customer service. Only delay was waiting for the parts to arrive but my expectations were set on this. Slough

Dec 31, 2016

Good service and car ready earlier than expected. I will use this centre again Crawley

Jan 9, 2017

Great service. MOT failed, but garage was able to do all the recommended repairs within the same day. Very happy. Leicester

Dec 30, 2016

Brilliant as always, helpful and informative, reasonably priced and fast. Well done and thank you. King's Lynn

Jan 13, 2017

I've used this branch for a while now and really can't fault the service I've received would definitely recommend to friends and family. Northampton (Gambrel Road)

Jan 6, 2017

Quick, efficient, friendly and extremely reasonable. Will certainly use again Kate, Harlow

Jan 2, 2017

Exceptional service, my tyres came in the day before my booked appointment and i got a call asking me if i wanted to pop in and have them fitted straight away. Muhammad, Slough

Jan 9, 2017

Great service, team very helpful even when under pressure from large amount of customers Chatham

Jan 1, 2017

Probably wouldn't use the mobile service although a good idea. As always, very friendly, polite and knowledgeable service. Thank you F1 Cheltenham. Cheltenham

Dec 28, 2016

Excellent customer service by manager and technicians. Not many service orientated business use your name or sir and madam nowadays. Great service and beat prices is a winning combination Cheltenham

Dec 30, 2016

The staff at the Dunstable branch are a credit to your company, they are always friendly and most helpful. I have used this branch a few times in the past for tyres,wheel alignment, brake pads and now just had my wife's car MOT'd there Keep up the good work Jay, Dunstable

Jan 11, 2017

Being recently widowed I have always found the staff very friendly helping me deal with problems that my husband always used to sort out. Nottingham (Lenton Lane)

Jan 1, 2017

I was told there would be a possible 30min delay before my tYres could be fitted but I was pleased this reduced to 5mins. As this was all prepaid on internet I was back on the road in 40mins. GREAT JOB. Thanks guys. Northampton (Gambrel Road)

Jan 8, 2017

The service was excellent and I highly recommended this autocentre to my friends . Crawley

Dec 27, 2016

Really helpful and cheery service from Ian today, will definitely use Glasshouse street again in future Nottingham (Glasshouse Street)

Jan 2, 2017

Had by my own fault mis booked my appointment and the centre managed to fit me in immediately as I was travelling that morning. Many thanks for an excellent service . Rachel, Fareham

Jan 12, 2017

I always use F1 Auto for my car and my wife's car for MOT's and tyres and get great customer service from Stuart and all other staff. Stevenage (Boulton Road)

Jan 2, 2017

Always a great service at your Chatham branch! Good prices too, would highly recommend! Chatham

Jan 11, 2017

Excellent service. I'd ordered the wrong tyres online, but this was not a problem and the correct ones were speedily ordered in for me to be fitted a couple of days later. Prompt refund once the computer glitches were sorted out.. Nothing seemed too much trouble, seems a really good team and would definitely use again. Michelle, Rotherham

Jan 1, 2017

I received great service from very helpful, happy staff. I have already recommended them. Bury St Edmunds

Jan 4, 2017

Excellent service and very friendly staff as usual! Absolutely the best garage in Lichfield by far. Won't go anywhere else! Lichfield

Jan 12, 2017

Very Friendly Staff, was extremely pleased with the quality of service and the end product. Farnborough

Jan 8, 2017

Prices always good. Staff are always pleasant and helpful. Good service all round! Burton

Jan 15, 2017

Staff were very helpful. Although there was an issue with one of my tyres fitting, after a quick chat on the phone it was sorted the next day free of charge. The facilities were very well maintained and a nice place to be in. A great service all round. Dartford

Jan 4, 2017

Fast, friendly and efficient service. I return to Formula One Autocentres because they provide an honest service at a competitive price. Thank you! Maidstone

Jan 2, 2017

Very helpful and professional service, will use again and highly recommend to friends and family Northampton (Gambrel Road)

Jan 11, 2017

Service is brilliant....staff are helpful and explain in detail to what needs to be driving be. King's Lynn

Jan 2, 2017

Shane was very helpful and went over and above what I would normally expect to help me as a customer. He persevered in trying to sort out a problem with an airbag light to get my car through its MOT. Excellent service. Regards Clive Peterborough

Jan 15, 2017

Very pleased with service, would definitely use again. Have already recommended you to work colleagues. Swindon

Jan 1, 2017

I have used this branch on several occasions. The service is excellent and prices represent true value for money. I recommend them to anyone. Nottingham (Lenton Lane)

Jan 13, 2017

Good service with a free wheel alignment check.Never had free align check in50years of buying tyres Basildon

Jan 9, 2017

I would like to give a huge thank you to the staff at F1 Norwich! I dropped my car off for MOT and was completed (with additional works that needed to be completed - new rear tyre & rear bulb) within the hour. The staff kept me notified with everything that needs to be kept an eye on in future and even listed some common faults that I should look out for. I found the staff incredibly friendly and welcoming and will be coming back for anything I need doing in the future. I will also be highly recommending this centre to my friends/family. Thanks for your great service! robert, Norwich

Jan 8, 2017

Booking on line was easy, the reception staff are great and the car was finished early. I am not 'interested in cars' so I rely on advice and the staff at Chelmsford are informative and never patronising, unlike some of the Dealerships. Many thanks. John, Chelmsford

Jan 9, 2017

Great team, nice and friendly and they made my visit feel very welcoming!!! Burton

Jan 10, 2017

Staff are very friendly 5-star customer service I thought I'd got definitely would use them all the time Jake, Derby

Jan 6, 2017

The staff were very friendly and did their utmost to accommodate me and explain the work to be done. Will definitely use F1 again. Oxford

Jan 6, 2017

Due to my vehicle breaking down I had to cancel my booking on the same morning. Staff helpful and changed my tyres on the next day Ipswich

Dec 25, 2016

Very helpful staff, nothing too much trouble. Will be booking both my cars in for servicing and mot soon. Grantham

Jan 5, 2017

Very helpful as my car needed some work and was quick and accruate on the quote to repair. Had the vehicle back the same day no hidden extras. Stevenage (London Road)

Jan 1, 2017

I had my first MOT at the garage in Grafton Street and found them to be really helpful. I moved but live close to the garage in Gambrel Road so booked my MOT with you again and was so pleased I had! My car failed it's MOT on both occasions but the staff were so helpful and friendly and had it fixed with in no time! I will definitely be booking my next MOT with Formula 1 Autocentres! Rob, Northampton (Gambrel Road)

Jan 13, 2017

A positive,friendly service yet again.I would highly recommend formula one,for service,price.All staff are friendly.Many thanks. Bury St Edmunds

Jan 12, 2017

Always top notch service. Never go anywhere else and always recommend to friends and family. Swindon

Dec 30, 2016

The staff responded to my request promptly, they undertook the work immediately, they were helpful and polite, and they completed the work thoroughly and in good time.I will always use them as they are very accomodsting of my work commitments. Wisbech

Jan 7, 2017

Courteous staff and quick tyre fitting at excellent prices- will definitely recommend. Blackheath

Dec 29, 2016

Used previously many years ago. Much improved. Very friendly staff. Will use again. Blackheath

Jan 2, 2017

Very helpful staff, I had tyres fitted but took advantage of the free tracking check As it turned out 3 of 4 wheels were out one badly The member of staff took time out to be Xperia,win in detail the problem. He then fixed very quickly My car handles noticeably better Thank you Phil Cannock

Dec 27, 2016

Staff were great given it was Christmas eve and would have wanted to go home. Stevenage (Boulton Road)

Jan 4, 2017

Fantastic and friendly service as usual. The service was very thorough. Bristol (St. Philips)
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MOT Guide

Every vehicle in the UK requires an MOT test to ensure that it is kept in a roadworthy condition. An MOT test consists of various checks to ensure that each vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards, required by law. The first MOT test is due when a vehicle is 3 years old and each year thereafter.

Under the DVSA (formerly VOSA) requirements, an MOT will test all these important items on your car to check that they meet the legal requirements:

Exhaust and Emissions

The exhaust should be secure without any serious leaks and vehicle emissions should meet the necessary requirements, which are dependent on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.

Seat Belts

All compulsory seat belts must be in place and are checked for security, operation and condition


The steering wheel should be in an acceptable condition and securely attached to the steering shaft.


This will be checked for all items affecting the driver’s view of the road; its condition, the wipers and the washers.

Bonnet Catch

This will be tested to ensure that it securely latches in the closed position


The horn should be operational and of a suitable volume to be heard by pedestrians and other vehicles.

Number Plate

The registration plate should be present and secure, not faded, dirty or obscured. All letters must conform to the approved font design with the correct spacing between them.


All required lights are checked to ensure that they are operational, in a good condition and secure.


Their condition, efficiency, operation and performance will be tested to ensure that they meet the legal requirements.

Tyres and Wheels

Tyres must be the correct size, condition, type and must have the correct tread depth.


Mirrors will be checked to make sure that they are secure and visible from the driver’s seat and that they are not distorted or damaged so as to impair the driver’s view to the rear.


Both front doors must be operational and have the facility to be opened from inside and outside the vehicle.


The driver and passenger seats must be secure and all seat backs in a stable upright position.


Suspension is checked and must be of a satisfactory operational condition.

Fuel System

This should have no leaks and the fuel filler cap must fasten securely.

Body and Structure

The car body must be free from damage and excess corrosions.

What should I take with me?

You should take your vehicle’s current Registration Document or the ‘V5’ document as it is commonly referred to.

What if my car fails its MOT test?

When your car fails its MOT test this means that it does not meet the legal requirements that allow it to be driven on the road and must be repaired so that it meets these requirements.

If, in the unlikely event you disagree with your MOT test results you can appeal the decision. For more information visit

For more information about the MOT test scheme visit the website.

How do I know if my MOT has expired?

You can check the current status of any vehicle online; the date of the last test, the mileage at the time of the last test and the expiry date of the test. Please visit for more information.

Did you know that around a quarter of drivers forget to renew their MOT each year, with nearly a third of those more than 1 month late? Thanks to Formula One’s FREE MOT reminder service you will never have to miss an MOT test again! This free automated reminder service tells you by email and/or SMS when your next MOT is due, so register for FREE today! Remember that you can have an MOT test completed up to one month before the expiry of your current certificate.

Book your next MOT online with Formula One Autocentres.