There are 2 things that are put in place to make sure your vehicle stays in working order for day-to-day use.
A Ministry of Transport Test or MOT is an annual safety test governed by the Department for Transport and is applicable to nearly all vehicles on todays roads. It is designed to show that your vehicle is able to drive on public roads in the interests of safety and the environment. All cars over 3 years old are required to undertake the test.
The following items are checked during the test:
- Vehicle structure: Free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas, no sharp edges.
- Fuel System: No leaks. Cap fastens and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened. Make sure the key is available.
- Exhaust emissions: Vehicle meets the requirements of exhaust emissions, dependant on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.
- Exhaust system: Secure, complete, without serious leaks and silences effectively.
- Seat belts: All the seat belts installed are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seat belts must be in place.
- Seats: Front seats secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position.
- Doors: Open and close. Latch securely in 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.
- Mirrors: Presence, condition, security.
- Brakes: Condition, operation and performance (efficiency test) (Note: The removal of the road wheels is not part of the test)
- Tyres and wheels: Condition, security, tyre size/type and tread depth. (Spare tyres are not inspected.)
- Registration plates: Condition, security, digits correctly formed and spaced.
- Lights: Condition, operation, security and correct colour. Also the headlamps will be checked to see if the aim is correct.
- Bonnet: Secures safely in the closed position
- Wipers/washers: Operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.
- Windscreen: Condition and driver’s view of the road.
- Horn: Correct operation and the right type.
- Steering and suspension: Correct condition and operation.
- Vehicle identification number: Not more than one different identification number should be present on a vehicle first used on or after 1 August 1980.
Conducting the Test
Warsop Motor Company, like all other MOT test stations, have designated test bays where we conduct the test using a range of specialist equipment. We have a designated viewing area, where you are able to watch the test take place should you wish.
The standard test procedures are laid out in a manual (which we can show you should you want to look at it). If your vehicle fails the test, we will give you a failure document with reference to this manual. As required by law, all our testers have been on a training course with VOSA and are re-tested regularly.
Do you know your next MOT date?
It's got to be worth checking as not having a current MOT will invalidate your insurance, and could land you with a £1,000 fine if you have an accident or get stopped by the police. It is also a requirement when taxing your vehicle.
Servicing your Vehicle
Contrary to popular belief, an MOT is not the same as a service, nor is it a substitute. The MOT test is designed to make sure a minimum level of safety is achieved, it does not mean that your car is operating correctly.
Regular servicing makes sure that your vehicle is working efficiently, and reduces the chances of your vehicle braking down. Your vehicle should come with a Service Manual, which tells you the regular service intervals and what needs to be changed at each.
Book Your Next MOT or Service online!
Booking an MOT or Service with Warsop Motor Company couldn't be simpler. Just contact us and we'll get back to you to confirm a convenient date and time.