Our fully licensed MOT test lane uses the latest equipment giving us the ability to test all makes and models of petrol and diesel cars and LCVs. This includes the equipment to comply with the 2009 diesel emissions regulation.
The 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.
Earliest date you can get an 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 get an MOT earlier, but the MOT renewal date for the following year will be different.
We provide an MOT reminder service to our customers.
If the MOT has run out:-
You can’t drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out.
The only exceptions are to drive it: to or from somewhere to be repaired, to a pre-arranged MOT test station
Some of the Car parts tested in the MOT:-
These are some of the important parts of your car that will be checked in the MOT.
1: Body, vehicle structure and general items These will be inspected to check that:
They’re free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areasand that there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury
2: Towbars (If Applicable)
Towbars will be inspected for secureness, condition,inappropriate repairs or modification and the 13 pin electrical
socket is working correctly
3: Fuel system
The fuel system will be inspected to check that there are no leaks, the pipes and hoses are secure and in a good condition and that the fuel cap fastens and seals securely.
4 Exhaust emissions
The vehicle will be inspected, depending on the age and fuel type of the vehicle, to check that it meets the rules for exhaust emissions.
5 Exhaust system
The exhaust system will be inspected to check that it’s secure and complete, a catalyst isn’t missing where one was fitted as standard and that it’s without serious leaks and not too noisy
The vehicle will be inspected to check that the mandatory seatbelts are in place, they are suitable for the vehicle, they are in a good condition and they work properly and that they are attached securely
The malfunction indicator lamps (MILs) or dashboard warning lights will be checked for the air bags, seatbelt pretensioners (which remove the slack from a seatbelt in the event of a collision), seatbelt load limiters (which release a small amount of belt when it’s too tight)
These will be inspected to check that the driver’s seat can be adjusted and that all seats are securely fitted and that seat backs can be fixed in the upright position
These will be inspected to check that the latch is secure in the closed position and that the front doors open from inside and outside the vehicle the rear doors open from outside the vehicle hinges and catches are secure and in a good condition
The vehicle will be inspected to check for the minimum number of mirrors, their condition and security. Indirect vision devices will also inspected.
10 Load security
The vehicle will be inspected to check that the boot or tailgate can be closed properly.
These will be inspected to check their condition, including inappropriate repairs or modifications, their operation and performance
(the efficiency test) - the wheels and trims aren’t removed as part of the test, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) (where fitted) and the MILs or dashboard warning lights will also be checked for the ABS, ESC, electronic park brake and brake fluid warning lights.
12 Tyres and wheels
These will be inspected to check for condition, security,tyre size and type,tread depth and spare wheels and tyres are not inspected. Vehicles first used on or after 1 January 2012 will be checked to make sure the tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) MIL is working.
13 Registration plates
These will be inspected to check for condition, secure attachment, colour and that the Characters correctly formed and spaced
These will be inspected to check their condition, operation, including high intensity discharge (HID) and light emitting diode (LED), the headlamps for cleaning, self levelling and security headlamp aim and main beam warning light working
This will be inspected to check that it closes securely.
16 Wipers and washers
These will be inspected to check that they work properly so the driver has a clear view of the road.
The windscreen will be inspected to check for:
condition and the driver’s view of the road
This will be inspected to check:
that it works properly and that it’s suitable for the vehicle
19 Steering and suspension
These will be inspected to check their condition, steering oil level, they work correctly for inappropriate repairs or modification
including corrosion to power steering pipes or hoses that the steering lock mechanism works properly and that the MILs or dashboard warning lights will also be checked for the electronic power steering and steering lock.
20 Vehicle identification number (VIN)
The VIN will be on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. Your car will be inspected to check that a single VIN is displayed.
Visible electrical wiring and the battery will be checked.
MOT test result:-
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 our 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 us within 7 days.
We 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 us. 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
MOT Exempt vehicles
Cars and Motorcycles made before 1960