What's Checked On The MOT Test

If your car is more than three years old, it has to take and pass an MOT test every year. Taking your car in for it's MOT test can be a daunting experience. Often the reasons for failing are minor faults that can be fixed beforehand. Be sure the carry out the following checks to avoid some of the most common reasons for failure, check if all lights are working correctly – headlights, rear lights, fog lights, brake lights, indicator lights and hazard lights. If any bulbs are blown, check your owners manual to see if you can replace them yourself.

The MOT test is carried out to DVSA guidelines and includes a comprehensive inspection of the vehicle to ensure it is in a roadworthy condition. The tester will check the following components to ensure each meets the minimum standard set out by the DVSA before issuing an MOT certificate.

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Vehicle Identification

The tester will carry out checks to see if the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is present on the vehicle.

Vehicle Identification

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Registration Plate

Registration plates are checked for condition, security, legibility and the letters and numbers are of the correct format.

Registration Plate

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Headlights

The MOT Tester will check the condition, operation, security and colour. And ensures the headlamp aim is correct.

Headlights

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Steering Suspension

The Mot Tester will check the Steering and Suspension components for the correct condition security and operation.

Steering Suspension

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Washer and Wipers

The tester will check the washers and wipers ensuring they operate properly and give the driver a clear view of the road.

Washers and Wipers

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Windscreen

Checks for damage. Maximum damage is 10mm in the drivers line of vision, 40mm elsewhere in the remaining swept area.

Windscreen

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Horn

Function checks for correct operation, effectiveness, and suitability of the vehicle's horn system.

Horn

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Seatbelts & Seats

All seatbelts are checked for type, condition, correct operation and security and that all compulsory seatbelts are in place. The MOT Tester will also check the vehicle’s front seat mountings for security and any corrosion around the proscribed area.

Seatbelts & Seats

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Fuel System

The MOT Tester will check the fuel system for leaks. The fuel cap is also checked that it fastens and seals securely.

Fuel System

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Emissions

The emissions are checked to ensure that the vehicle is within the specified limits, and that the exhaust is complete and secure.

Emissions

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Bodywork

The vehicle's structure is checked for excessive corrosion or damage in prescibed areas. Any sharp edges may result in failure.

Bodywork

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Doors

The tester checks that the doors open and close correctly. Front doors must open from both the inside and outside of the vehicle.

Doors

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Mirrors

Rear view mirrors and wing mirrors are checked for security and that they provide adequate views to the rear and side.

Mirrors

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Wheels and Tyres

The wheels and tyres are checked for appropriate speed and load rating security, size, type and tread depth.

Wheels and Tyres

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Brakes

The MOT tester will check the braking performance, condition and operation. Vehicles are tested on a roller brake tester.

Brakes

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