What does the MOT test include?

The MOT test looks at some important items on your car to see that they meet key legal requirements at the time of test. This is to ensure your safety and the safety of other road users.

The body and vehicle structure

Is free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas and there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury.

The fuel system

Has no leaks and the fuel cap fastens and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened so be sure the key is available.

The exhaust emissions The vehicle meets the requirements for exhaust emissions, dependant on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.
The exhaust system

Is secure, complete, without serious leaks and silences effectively.

The seat belts

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

The seats

The front seats are secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position.

The doors

Latch securely in closed position. Front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items.

The mirrors The minimum numbers are on the vehicle, their condition and security.
Load security

Boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.

The brakes

Their condition, operation and performance (efficiency test). Note the removal of the road wheels is not part of the test.

The tyres and wheels Their condition, security, size, type and tread depth. Spare tyres are not inspected.
The registration plates

Their condition, security, characters correctly formed and spaced.

The lights Their condition, operation and security. Headlamps for aim.
The bonnet Securely latches in the closed position.
The wipers and washers Operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.
The windscreen Its condition and the driver’s view of the road.
The horn Operates correctly and is of a suitable type.
The steering and suspension Are of a satisfactory condition and operation.
The vehicle identification number (VIN)

Is on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. Not more than one different VIN is displayed except on multistage build vehicles.

Fill in our booking form to request a booking for your car's MOT and don't forget to check our discounts page to see if there are any vouchers you can use to obtain money off. Alternatively, for more information please contact us here.

If you would like to speak to someone about the MOT test process then please give a call on 01256 321012 where we will be delighted to help.