Yearly MOT

When your car is due for an MOT, you need to make sure it meets government standards and be aware of any other problems.

At T&A Motors we carry out MOTs for both passenger vehicles (class 4) and light goods vehicles up to 3500kg (class 7). We go above and beyond the standard testing requirements, and ensure that you are made aware of any potential maintenance over the coming months and year. You leave our premises armed with a list advising you of things to watch out for.

For further information you can click this button to see VOSA’s ‘Your car and the MOT’ leaflet (PDF document opens in a new window):

Your car and the MOT

What’s covered in the test?

  • 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.
  • Registration Plate – Condition, security, legibility and format of letters/numbers.
  • Lights – Condition, operation, security and correct colour. The headlamps will also be checked to see if the aim is correct.
  • Steering and Suspension – Correct condition and operation.
  • Wipers/Washers – Operate to give the driver a clear view of the road.
  • Windscreen – Condition and driver’s view of the road.
  • Horn – Correct operation and type.
  • Seatbelts – All seatbelts installed are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seatbelts must be in place.
  • Seats – Front seats secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position.
  • Fuel System – No leaks, fuel cap fastens correctly and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened. Make sure the key is available.
  • Exhaust Emissions – Vehicle meets the requirement for exhaust emission. These vary on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.
  • Exhaust System – Complete, secure, without serious leaks and silences effectively.
  • Vehicle Structure – Free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas. No sharp edges.
  • 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 and security.
  • Wheels and Tyres – Condition, security, tyre size/type and tread depth. Spare tyres are not inspected.
  • Brakes – Condition operation and performance (efficiency test). Wheels are not removed during the test. The tester only examines what they can see, reach or feel.

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