Here are the main components we check during your MOT test:
Wheels and tyres
Testers will check that tyres meet the speed and load rating requirements for the vehicle. They will inspect the tread depth of each tyre (1.6mm legal limit) and check for any damage such as bulges or tears. Wheels will be inspected to make sure they are the correct size and in good condition.
Learn how you can check your tyres before your MOT by viewing our https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5VQAXyDWBo video
Our vehicle testers will inspect the steering components for any sign of wear or damage.
The overall brake condition will be checked. Performance and operation tests will be also be carried out to test overall efficiency.
The condition of the suspension components will be checked for any fractures and corrosion. Operational checks will be carried out to check for any distortion.
An inspection of the fuel system is carried out to check for any leaks. The tank fuel cap is tested to make sure it operates correctly and fastens securely.
Exhaust emission levels are measured to ensure they fall within specific emission guidelines. The exhaust is inspected to make sure it is securely fixed and that there are no leaks.
The vehicle bodywork and structure is checked for any excessive corrosion and sharp edges that may cause harm.
Doors will be tested to make sure they open and close securely and can be opened from both the inside and outside.
The position and condition of all mirrors are checked plus security tests carried out. Mirrors need to provide sufficient views to the sides and rear of the vehicle.
The windscreen is tested for any chips and cracks that could affect safety, security and vision.
Windscreen Wipers need to operate correctly and cover enough of the screen so that driver’s vision is sufficient.
VIN and Registration Plate
The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is checked to make sure it is clearly displayed on the body or chassis. A Registration Plate will be checked to ensure it is securely fixed, in good condition and the characters are clearly legible from a minimum of 20 metres.
Lights need to show the correct colour, aim in the correct position, function correctly and be in good condition.
The operation and efficiency of the vehicle horn will be tested.
The security of the front seats are checked.
The condition and security of seatbelts are checked as well as an operational test.
For full information on the test download the VOSA MOT Testing Guide click here to download the MOT Testing Guide.
Checks you can make before your MOT
It’s a good idea to check certain components such as tyres and lights before your MOT to give it the best chance of passing