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What does an MOT test cover?
You may know that your MOT covers vital areas like brakes, exhausts and tyres, but there’s a lot more to your MOT Test than just these areas. An MOT Tester inspects the following components to assess whether
it meets the minimum legislative requirements.
The general condition of the vehicle
Must be free from corrosion and damage, with no sharp edges which could cause injury.
Fuel system
Must be free from leaks and the fuel cap must close securely. Please be aware it will be opened so leave us your key.
Exhaust emissions
Must meet with legislative emission standards according to age and fuel type.
Exhaust system
Must be secure and complete, without any leaks and silences effectively.
Seat belts
Are checked for type, condition and security. All mandatory seat belts must be fitted and in full working order.
Front seats must be secure, and all seat backs must be able to be secured in the upright position.
Must latch securely when closed. Front doors must open from inside and outside the vehicle, rear doors from outside. Hinges are checked for condition and security.
Minimum numbers of mirrors are on the vehicle and are checked for condition and security.
The boot or tailgate can be secured when closed.
Condition, operation and performance checks are carried out.
Tyres & Wheels
Condition, security, tyre size/type and tread depth checks.
Registration plate
Plates are checked for condition, security, colour and characters being correctly formed and spaced.
Condition, operation (includes HID and LED) for cleaning, self-levelling and security. Headlamp aim. Main beam warning light.
Must securely latch when closed.
Operates correctly and is of a suitable type.
Wipers & washers
Must be in full working order to give the driver a clear view of the road ahead.
Condition check and gives the driver a clear view of the road ahead.
Steering & suspension
Are of a satisfactory condition and operation.
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
Present on all vehicles manufactured after 1980.
Must be fitted and free from damage.
SRS components
Operation of airbags, seat-belt pre-tensioners, load limiters and warning light.
Engine mountings
Condition check.
Visible electrical wiring, connectors and battery (includes electric/hybrid vehicles). In addition operation of devices where fitted including electronic parking brake, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), steering lock, TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring system), indirect vision
devices where they
replace mirrors and headlamp leveling/cleaning devices (HID/LED lights). Trailer electrical socket security/damage, operation of 13-pin trailers electrical sockets.
Dashboard warning lights
Now covered by MOT test; applies to (where fitted): headlight main beam, electronic power steering, TPMS, brake fluid level, airbag, seat belt pre-tensioner, electric steering lock and SRS malfunction.
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