The MOT is effectively the examination of a motor vehicle’s safety-related systems components to ensure that they have not worn to an excessive level which would otherwise render the vehicle unsafe for use on the road. It is possible for items to pass the MOT inspection and yet still be regarded as past their service life at a routine service. Fortunately, garages that do have a current MOT Testing permit and the necessary specialized training will not judge normal wear of a component as being an MOT ‘failure’, whereas a less experienced servicing mechanic would not appreciate the distinction. By utilizing the services of an MOT Testing Centre you are likely to save time and money and reduce the risk of Appeals to the Vehicle Inspectorate where your car may have failed on the wrong grounds.
Here is a full list of the vehicle components tested…
Vehicle Identification Number
Not more than one different identification number should be present on a vehicle first used on or after 1 August 1980. However, the same number may be displayed in more than one place.
Condition, security, legibility, and format of letters/numbers.
Condition, operation, security, and correct color. The headlamps will also be checked to see if the aim is correct.
Steering and Suspension
Correct condition and operation
Operate to give the driver a clear view of the road
Condition and drivers view of the road
Correct operation and type
All seatbelts installed are checked for type, condition, operation, and security. All compulsory seatbelts must be in place.
Front seats are secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in an upright position.
No leaks, fuel cap fastens correctly and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened. Make sure the key is available.
The vehicle meets the requirement for exhaust emission. These vary on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.
Complete, secure, without serious leaks and silences effectively.
Free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas. No sharp edges.
Open and close. Latch securely in the 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.
Presence, condition, and security
Wheels and Tyres
Condition, security, tire size/type, and tread depth. Spare tires are not inspected.
Condition operation and performance (efficiency test). Wheels are not removed during the test. The tester only examined what they can see, reach or feel.
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