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Everyone who uses a vehicle on the road is required to keep it in a roadworthy condition at all times. The roadworthiness is checked in the interests of road safety and the environment by the test we call the MOT. The first test is required once a car is three years old. (There are different rules if you use it as a taxi or if it has more than 8 passenger seats).
The MOT looks at some important items on your car to see that they meet the key legal minimum requirements at the time of test. You should be aware that the MOT certificate is not a guarantee of the general mechanical condition of a vehicle.
An MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test, without dismantling, the vehicle met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. It does not mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the life of the certificate. The test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.
What is included in the MOT test?
- Body / vehicle structure / general items
- Free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas. No sharp edges likely to cause injury. Towbars for security / condition / inappropriate repairs or modification. Correct operation of 13 pin electrical socket. Speedometer condition and operation.Engine mountings.
- Fuel System
- No leaks. Security and condition of pipes / hoses. Fuel cap fastens and seals securely. Note the fuel cap will need to be opened. Make sure the key is available.
- Exhaust emissions
- Vehicle meets the requirements for exhaust emissions, dependent on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.
- Exhaust system
- Secure. Complete. Catalyst missing where one was fitted as standard. Without serious leaks and is not too noisy.
- Seat belts
- All the seat belts fitted are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All mandatory seat belts must be in place.
- Drivers seat for adjustment. All seats for security and seat backs can be secured in the upright position.
- Latch securely in closed position. Front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle. Rear doors should open from outside the vehicle. Hinges and catches for security and condition.
- Minimum number required, condition and security.
- Load security
- Boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.
- Condition including inappropriate repairs or modifications, operation and performance (efficiency test). Note the removal of the road wheels and trims are not part of the test. ABS or electronic stability control (ESC) where fitted. Check of the MIL for ABS, electronic stability control, electronic park brake and brake fluid warning.
- Tyres and wheels
- Condition, security, tyre size/type and tread depth. Spare tyres are not inspected. Note: vehicles first used on or after 1 January 2012 - check of the MIL for tyre pressure monitoring.
- Registration plates
- Condition, security, colour, characters correctly formed and spaced.
- Condition, operation including HID and LED headlamps for cleaning, self levelling and security. Headlamp aim. Main beam warning light.
- Securely latches in the closed position.
- Operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.
- Condition and driver’s view of the road.
- Correct operation and of suitable type.
- Steering and suspension
- Condition, steering oil level, operation, a check for inappropriate repairs or modification including corrosion to power steering pipes or hoses. Operation of steering lock mechanism. Check of the MIL for electronic power steering and steering lock.
- Vehicle identification number
- Present on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. Not more than one different VIN is displayed except on multistage build vehicles.
- Visible electrical wiring and battery.
If your vehicle fails its MOT test, it is automatically listed on the VOSA database as being unfit for road use until all points on the MOT failure sheet are rectified. By law, if a vehicle has failed its MOT test it should not be used on the UK road (except to be taken to and from an MOT testing station). At Unique Autocentre Ltd we will undertake all MOT repairs and offer a free retest if you have your repairs carried out with us.
Contact us to book your next MOT or get a quote on your MOT failure items on
01908 611100, or by email: email@example.com
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