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Oxford Direct Services
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  • Vehicle repair - All vehicles, all hours
  • MOT test - Independent, unbiased MOTs in Oxford
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Fleet and Workshop Service

NEW - Authorised Testing Facility Opened in April 2015

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Oxford Direct Services' experience in managing one of the largest vehicle fleets in the area means you will benefit from our knowledge, expertise and attention to detail. We currently manage a fleet of over 280 road registered and over 370 non registered vehicles and plant, all of which are maintained, repaired and serviced at our purpose built workshop in Oxford. We also carry out MOTs, repairs and servicing on commercial and community vehicle fleets including those of other Local Authorities, Housing Associations and private organisations.

We have offered an independent DVSA approved MOT service from our Cowley Marsh depot since 1969. The service is impartial and we only charge test fees that are set by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

With over 40 year's experience of serving residents and business, Oxford Direct Services is able to provide a truly local service.

Services Offered

We understand the need to reduce spending and get the most from your vehicle fleet. We can help you ensure that all the vehicles you operate are providing the best possible value for money.

We conduct over 1000 MOTs every year with 95% of all test appointments offered within 5 working days of customer's chosen date.


Standard MOT tests are available to any persons or organisations. Our MOT service is unbiased and as a result we only complete undisputable minor visual repairs ensuring your complete peace of mind of the work required.

We offer a comprehensive range of independent MOTs for Class 4, 5 and 7 vehicles (cars, minibuses and light Commercial vehicles) including under class 5 vehicles in excess of 3.5 tonne.

 Class  Vehicles Covered
Class 4  Up to 8 passenger seats for cars/light vans, up to 12 passenger seats for minibuses/ambulances 
Class 5 Up to 13 to 16 passenger seats, and 17 and over passenger seats
Class 7 Good Vehicles over 3,000 kg up to 3,500 kg


Opening Hours for Cowley Marsh Depot Reception:
Monday to Friday: 8am - 6.00pm

You can call us directly on 01865 252944 to book your MOT.

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Fleet Servicing, Repairs and Maintenance

We offer a fleet servicing, repairs and maintenance service on a wide range of vehicles and plant.

We cater for all fleet sizes so get in contact to discuss your individual needs.

  • Zurich approved repairer
  • Purpose built workshop
  • Latest recommended computerised diagnostic equipment
  • Huge spray oven for commercial body work repairs
  • DVSA approved commercial brake rollers for accurate testing
  • Roller taxi meter checks
  • Commercial under chassis steam cleaning and brush wash facility
  • Pre MOT checks and preparation on commercial vehicles
  • 50 tonne weigh bridge
  • 24 hr recovery service
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Maintenance Review Service

We are also able to offer our existing customers a Maintenance Review Service which includes maintenance MOT, service and repair timetables and fleet evaluation.

We ensure that every vehicle our customers operate is safe, efficient and compliant with all relevant legislation.

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Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Compliance

Oxford Direct Services operates comprehensive vehicle and meter compliance testing on Private Hire and Hackney Carriage vehicles operating in the city, on behalf of Oxford City Council the licensing authority.

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Pre-purchase Inspections

Pre-purchase inspections can be carried out regardless of age; we can provide an engineer's report on any car.

This report gives details of the condition of the car and all the important components that contribute to the vehicle's safety and roadworthiness.

At the end of the inspection and road test, you will receive a written report from our MOT qualified technicians which gives details of the car's condition and approximate value as presented to the workshops on the day.

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Why Choose Oxford Direct Services?

  • Fleet of 700 road registered and  non registered vehicles/plant ensuring business continuity
  • No hidden extra's – an all inclusive pricing approach
  • Independent and impartial advice
  • irtec accredited technicians
  • DBS-checked staff where required (formally CRB)
  • State of the art computerised diagnostic equipment
  • Convenient appointment times
  • Online booking / payment options (coming soon)
  • MOT waiting area
  • Service Provider to Taxi/Private Hire Organisations
  • Accredited Services:
    • Investors in People Gold
    • ISO9001, ISO14001
  • Regulated by DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency)
  • Members of the Freight & Transport Association and Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport


"It's not the test fee but repairing the "fails" that usually costs a fortune. Yet little known council run MOT centre's don't do repairs, so there's no vested interest to fail you and thousands report a massive difference."

Martin Lewis, Money saving expert.com

"We (the Bus Museum) have been coming to Oxford City Council for many years to have our fleet of vintage buses put through their MOT. We are very impressed with the service provided as they are completely impartial and experienced in testing many different types of vehicles. Oxford Direct Services are one of the very few places in Oxford that have the facilities to carry out class 5 MOTs on private buses. I would recommend their services to any one who requires an MOT on their vintage bus."

Mick Freeman, Oxford Bus Museum

Page last reviewed 26 February 2015

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