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Comprehensive Checklist: What Gets Checked During an MOT Test?

12 March 2024

An MOT (Ministry of Transport) test is not just a legal requirement; it's a comprehensive examination that ensures your vehicle meets the essential safety and environmental standards to be roadworthy in the UK.

Understanding what gets checked during an MOT can sometimes feel complicated. At Adderley Green Garage, we're here to provide a clear, detailed guide on what our expert technicians look for during an MOT test, ensuring you're informed every step of the way.

What is an MOT test?

An MOT test is a mandatory annual inspection for vehicles over three years old in the UK. It is designed to ensure the vehicle meets the government's minimum safety and environmental standards.

During the test, certified technicians examine various vehicle components, such as lights, brakes, steering, and emissions, to assess their roadworthiness. If the vehicle passes the test, it receives a certificate valid for one year.

If it fails, necessary repairs and replacements must meet the requirements before being driven legally on the road. The MOT test helps maintain road safety and reduce environmental impact by ensuring vehicles meet the necessary standards.

The Essence of MOT: Safety, Emissions, and Roadworthiness

At the heart of an MOT test is the vehicle's safety, emissions, and overall roadworthiness. We aim to ensure your vehicle is safe for you, your passengers, and the environment. Let's break down the key components that are inspected during the test.

1. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and Registration Plate

  • The VIN must be permanently displayed and legible.
  • The registration plates must be in good condition, securely attached, correctly formatted, and legible.

2. Lights and Signalling Equipment

  • Headlights, tail lights, indicators, brake, fog, and reverse lights are checked for operation, condition, and correct colour.
  • The aim of the headlamp is precisely measured to ensure it meets the required standard.

3. Steering and Suspension

  • The steering system is inspected for condition and operation, including checks for excessive wear, function and security.
  • Suspension components are evaluated for strength, condition, and performance.

4. Wipers, Washers, and Windscreen

  • Windscreen wipers and washers must work correctly to give the driver a clear view of the road.
  • The windscreen is checked for chips or cracks that could impair the driver’s vision.
  • Make sure to top up your washer fluid before your MOT test, as a lower level can even cause your car to fail.

5. Horn

  • The horn must function correctly and be appropriate for the vehicle.

6. Seatbelts and Seats

  • All seatbelts are inspected for type, condition, operation, and security.
  • Seats must be secure, and the driver’s seat should be adjustable.

7. Fuel System

  • The fuel system is checked for leaks, security, and the condition of the fuel cap.

8. Emissions

  • Exhaust emissions are rigorously tested to ensure they meet the requirements for the type and age of the vehicle.
  • The exhaust system is also inspected for leaks, security, and noise.

9. Body, Structure, and General Items

  • The vehicle’s structure must not have any dangerous sharp edges or corrosion that might affect its safety.
  • Doors should open and close correctly. The bonnet latch should securely fasten the bonnet when closed.

10. Tyres and Wheels

  • Tyres are inspected for tread depth, condition, and size suitability.
  • Wheels and tyres must be free from defects that could cause damage or injury.

11. Brakes

  • A roller brake tester tests the efficiency of the braking system to ensure it meets the requirements.
  • Components, such as pads, discs, and levers, are checked for condition and operation.

12. Electrical

  • The battery and any visible wiring are inspected for security and condition.

13. Driver’s View of the Road

  • Mirrors, rearview and external are checked for condition and security.
  • The wiper swept area is inspected to ensure an adequate road view.

Check out our other useful blog post on What Causes MOT Failure? 10 Common Problems Explained to help you prepare for your upcoming MOT test.

Preparing for Your MOT: Tips from Adderley Green Garage

An MOT test might seem daunting, but your vehicle can pass with flying colours with the right preparation. Here are some tips to ensure your vehicle is ready for its MOT:

  • Regular Maintenance: Follow your vehicle’s service schedule. Regular checks and maintenance can catch and fix issues before they become MOT failures.
  • Pre-MOT Check: Consider having a pre-MOT check done. This can identify potential issues that could cause your vehicle to fail its MOT.
  • Lights and Signals: Before your test, check all lights and signals. Replace any burnt-out bulbs and repair any faulty wiring.
  • Tyre Inspection: Ensure your tyres are correctly inflated and have at least the minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre.
  • Clean Vehicle: A clean vehicle allows for a thorough inspection. Ensure the interior is tidy and the number plate, lights, and windows are clean.

Why Choose Adderley Green Garage for Your MOT?

Choosing Adderley Green Garage means opting for excellence in service, expertise, and customer care. Our highly skilled technicians have the latest tools and technology to perform comprehensive MOT tests.

We pride ourselves on our transparency, providing clear explanations of any issues found and advising on the best course of action.

Remember, an MOT test ensures your vehicle's compliance with road safety and environmental standards and enhances its longevity and performance.

Schedule your MOT test with Adderley Green Garage today and drive with confidence, knowing your vehicle is in expert hands. We even offer same-day MOT tests! Book your MOT test online now.

Our top priorities are your safety, satisfaction, and vehicle performance. Visit us for your next MOT test, where quality service meets expertise. Let's keep your vehicle safe, legal, and roadworthy together!

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