• T 01538 386100
  • E sales@hmkautos.co.uk
  • 104 Ashbourne Road
  • Leek
  • Staffordshire
  • ST13 5BA

MOT Testing

At HMK Autos we have an ATL MOT bay which enables us to test class 4 and 7. Our MOT lift is the biggest in the Staffordshire Moorlands enabling us to do larger motorhomes and long wheel based vans.

All vehicles 3 years old and onwards have to have an MOT test, we have two qualified MOT testers and we operate a while you wait service if you would like.

With our new ATL test centre HMK Autos can take the stress out of having an MOT with our discounted price from £39.99 which includes a free re-test. If your car fails its test we offer a no obligation quote to get you back on the road.

A free courtesy car is available to book for the unfortunate time when your vehicle needs a repair/delay.

All makes and models can be serviced by our qualified and experienced technicians, using quality aftermarket parts.

You can bring your vehicle to us with confidence.

Contact Us to book your MOT today.

New Tyres

We are a member of the tyre safe group. HMK is all about safety. We do offer a free tyre safety check, tyre pressure checks and we offer a free wheel alignment check with all tyres fitted.

We can offer a range of tyres from budgets to main branded names with free valve and balancing with every tyre purchased from HMK Autos.

Supplied brands - with a large selection of tyres in stock: Yokohama, Nankang, Michelin, Goodyear, Avon, Continental, Hankook, Bridgestone and Firestone.

Also in stock a selection of winter tyres and batteries in our warehouse.

Why not take a free battery check on your car/MPV/Van/4x4?

Part Worn Tyres


Many drivers who buy part worn tyres do so because they believe they offer better value for money. However, this isn't necessarily the case. Rather than just considering the initial purchase price, drivers should look at the cost per mm of useable tyre.

New tyres are normally sold with 8mm of tread depth whereas part worn tyres may have as little as 2mm of tread. With a legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm in the UK, the cost per mm of useable tread of part worn tyres can be considerably more than that of a new tyre.

Equally, a part worn tyre will need to be replaced again much sooner than a new tyre meaning further expenditure will be required.

Part Worn Tyre Safety

Adequate tread depth is essential for safe driving on wet roads. The tread grooves help to remove water from the contact patch between the tyre and the road surface, which is essential for effective acceleration, cornering and braking.

A tyre with lower tread depth levels is less effective at removing water from the road, leading to longer stopping distances and reduced road safety. Indeed, according to tests conducted by the British Tyre Manufacturer's Association, braking distance in wet weather of a tyre with only 1.6mm of tread depth is almost 12m longer than a new tyre from 50mph.

Useful Information

Braking distance on wet road from 50mph to rest:

New Tyre/8mm tread = 25.9m
Worn Tyre/1.6mm treat = 37.8m

Braking distance in wet weather of a tyre with only 1.6mm of tread dept is almost 12m longer than a new tyre from 50mph.

Tyres are complex engineered products so it is not just their outer visual condition that affects road safety. A tyre is a high tech piece of equipment consisting of 30 different components which must all be in good condition to ensure your safety.

Running tyres under-inflated or even hitting a kerb or pothole can cause serious damage to internal components of a tyre.

As part worn tyres are not required to be examined by x-ray for internal structural defects before their sale, it can be impossible to determine if any internal damage exists and that the safety of the tyre has been compromised.

Further information

More information about part worn tyres can be found by visiting TyreSafe.

If you have been sold a part worn tyre that you believe does not comply with existing legislation, please contact your local Trading Standards office. Details of your nearest office can be found by visiting Trading Standards.