What is included in an MOT?

Your Car Will Need To Pass Its MOT Test Once A Year To Prove That it is Roadworthy. But What Exactly Is Tested In An MOT Test?

Feb 28, 2014

What is included in an MOT?


Since 1960, cars that are more than three years old are required to be inspected on an annual basis. The MOT test is an annual test of automobile safety, roadworthiness aspects and exhaust emissions required in Great Britain for most vehicles that are more than three years old. You are required to have an MOT test each year by law. While the test is designed to ensure that important items on your car meet minimum legal standards it is not a guarantee of your car's mechanical condition. Our guide looks at what the MOT test is designed to do and what items are checked.

The main items that are checked in an MOT test

When you take your car for an MOT test the following areas will be checked: The car's structure - is the bodywork free from excessive corrosion? MOT check up at Sandicliffe The fuel system - does the fuel cap work? Are there any leaks in the fuel pipes/hoses? MOT check up at Sandicliffe Exhaust emissions - do the exhaust emissions meet the legal requirements? Is the exhaust system secure and complete? MOT check up at Sandicliffe Seat belts - are they fitted correctly and working properly? MOT check up at Sandicliffe Seats - can the seat backs be secured in an upright position? MOT check up at Sandicliffe Doors - can they be opened from inside and out? Are the latches secure? Can the boot/tailgate be secured? Does the bonnet securely latch when closed? MOT check up at Sandicliffe Mirrors - are they correctly installed? MOT check up at Sandicliffe Brakes - are they in good condition? Do they work effectively?  MOT check up at Sandicliffe Tyres and wheels - are the tyres the right size? Does their tread depth meet legal requirements? Are they in good condition? MOT check up at Sandicliffe Registration plates - are they in good condition? Are they in the correct colour with the numbers and letters correctly spaced? MOT check up at Sandicliffe Windscreen - does the driver have a good view of the road? Do the windscreen wipers work? MOT check up at Sandicliffe Lights - do the exterior lights work? Are the headlamp beams adjusted correctly? MOT check up at Sandicliffe Horn - does it work? MOT check up at Sandicliffe Steering and suspension - Is it in good condition? Does it work properly? Is the steering oil level satisfactory? MOT check up at Sandicliffe Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) - Is it present on vehicles first registered after 1980? MOT check up at Sandicliffe Electrical - is any visible wiring safe? Does the battery work? MOT check up at Sandicliffe Remember that an MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test, without dismantling, that your vehicle met the minimum acceptable road safety and environmental standards required by law. It does not mean that your vehicle is roadworthy for the life of the certificate. It's important to note also that the MOT test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.

Getting an MOT

There are around 21,000 approved MOT testing stations across the UK. All MOT testers have been on a training course with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and their test standards are checked regularly. MOT test stations have designated test bays where they conduct the test using a range of equipment which meets the required specification for MOT testing. The standard test procedures are laid out in an inspection manual which the test station should make available on request. If your vehicle fails the MOT test, you will be given a failure document that refers to this manual. You can watch the test from a designated viewing area but you are not allowed to interrupt the tester while he is working. Your Vehicle Registration (V5) document The means of paying the test fee Is your car ready for its MOT? Find out how we can help you here.

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