About the MOT Test.
Your vehicles MOT will take typically 45 minutes to an hour. You are not allowed in the MOT area itself but are free to watch the MOT being performed from a designated and safe area nearby.
An examiner will need to drive your car into the MOT bay and onto the test equipment - this includes a bay or ramp. We will fit seat covers to your vehicle to protect your seats while we move and test your vehicle.
Once your MOT is completed, you will either be issued with:-
A pass certificate
This also may or may not include some advisories (such as rear left tyre low on tread). An advisory lets you know that some items need attention very soon or immediately but were satisfatory at the time of the test.
A fail certificate
This will tell you that your vehicle failed the test (such as rear nearside main beam bulb inoperative).
You have a certain amount of time to have the vehicle repaired and we will re-test the vehicle free of charge within this time subject to an appointment.
If your vehicle fails the MOT test, you must not drive the vehicle on the road (apart from taking it to an repairer where an appointment has been made and/or to a pre-booked MOT appointment for re-test) if it fails the test - even if the current MOT hasn't yet run out. An MOT failure overrides any existing MOT on a vehicle that may still be valid. If you’re caught driving a car in a dangerous condition, you could face a fine of up to £2,500, a driving ban and three penalty points.
So what does an MOT entail? The below information tells you about what must be checked.
The body and vehicle structure
Is free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas and there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury.
The fuel System
Has no leaks and the fuel cap fastens and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened so be sure the key is available.
The exhaust emissions
The vehicle meets the requirements for exhaust emissions, dependant on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.
The exhaust system
Is secure, complete, without serious leaks and silences effectively.
The seat belts
All belts installed are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seat belts must be in place.
The front seats are secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position.
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.
The minimum numbers are on the vehicle, their condition and security.
Boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.
Their condition, operation and performance (efficiency test). Note the removal of the road wheels is not part of the test.
The tyres and wheels
Their condition, security, size, type and tread depth. Spare tyres are not inspected.
The registration plates
Their condition, security, characters correctly formed and spaced.
Their condition, operation and security. Headlamps for aim.
Securely latches in the closed position.
The wipers and washers
Operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.
Its condition and the driver's view of the road.
Operates correctly and is of a suitable type.
The steering and suspension
Are of a satisfactory condition and operation.
The vehicle identification number (VIN)
Is on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. Not more than one different VIN is displayed except on multistage build vehicles.