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What to look out for when booking a MOT Test

The MOT near me is an annual inspection to ensure that your vehicle is in compliance with the standards of safety on the road and environmental protection. Each MOT test contains the standard tests and tests that are conducted on each vehicle.

Below are the most important components that are tested in the MOT test.

We’ve also provided a few easy checks that anyone can do prior to an MOT. About half of the problems discovered in an MOT can be prevented by performing a basic maintenance. Spending some time to check things like wiper blades, lighting and tyres prior to your test could help save time, money and an unavoidable failure.

If you discover the issue, we’ll have all parts, spares and accessories that you need. In some instances we’ll even be able to repair items like lights or wipers while you are waiting.

The front, rear fog, brake and light fixtures for registration plates and rear reflectors need to:

Make sure you are properly positioned
Do not be obscured
Be in good condition
Display the proper color (a blueish tint to the front headlights is okay provided that the dominant color is white)
Do not be affected adversely through the use of any other light source
It is possible to illuminate the room with just one operation of the switch.

The lights of a pair must emit light that is the same colour size and shape, and headlights’ focus (both primary beams and dip beams) must be lower than the horizontal so as to not enthral other drivers.


The horn should emit an uninterrupted, uniform sound and must be sufficiently loud that it is heard by any other motorist.


The battery should be safe and should not show any indications of leakage of electrolytes.

Electrical wiring

Wiring must be secured and shouldn’t become damaged that it could short circuit or break off.


Every electrical outlet must be in good working order and properly use the parking lights for the trailer and the brake light, indicator, and front fog lamps.

Pre-MOT check tips

30% of MOT faults are related to the lighting and signalling

Lights: When you are operating your lights from your driver’s seat. Have someone from your family or a close friend look around your car to make sure that each light is operating properly.

Horn: Make sure to give your horn short blast to make sure it’s functioning in a proper manner.

Battery: Ensure whether all connections are connected securely and in good shape. Be on the lookout for leaks in the fluid. If you are worried regarding the health the battery in your vehicle, take it to a service for a no-cost battery inspection to give you security.


The steering wheel of your vehicle must be safe and in good state of repair. Our expert technician will test this by moving the wheel in different directions and examining the steering parts for damage or wear.

If your steering is equipped with locks, they is best to lock it only while the engine’s not in use.

The vehicles with power steering have to contain at a minimum amount of fluid for power steering within the reservoir.


The suspension components and shock absorbers will be inspected for excess damage, corrosion, distortion and fractures.

The brake pedals, and levers must be in good order, and all warning lights have to function. Our experienced technician will conduct tests to determine the effectiveness of your brakes.

Pre-MOT check tips

9.6 percent of MOT failures result from brake issues

Pay attention to your vehicle and take note of any time it moves to one side as you press the brakes.

A tendency to pull to one side is a serious concern and is a must be taken care of to ensure your security. Contact us for a no-cost brake inspection and our certified technicians will inspect your brakes, identify the cause of the problem and then fix the issue.

The tyres you choose should be of the correct speed and load rating for the vehicle you are driving and tread depth must be at minimum 1.6mm. Our skilled technician will look for cuts of more than 25mm, bulges, lumps or tears, as well as opening of the cord, as well as tread separation.

For vehicles that have run-flat tires the warning light needs to work in a correct manner.

Road wheels should be in good overall condition. Wheel nuts should be properly in position and securely secured.

Pre-MOT check tips

10% of MOT faults can be traced to the tyres

Before you take your car to be tested take a tyre-depth gauge to determine how deep the tread of every tyre.

All of your safety belts (including the adjuster and attachment fittings) must be of the right length and in good functioning order.

Pre-MOT check tips

Make sure you give your belts a firm pull to ensure that the restraint mechanism is in place. Make sure that the locks are operating correctly and that everything is in operating in good working order.


A thorough examination of the body, engine mountings, chassis and seats, bonnet doors, and boot will be conducted to ensure the components are free of excessive corrosion, and without sharp edges that could cause injury.

Registration plates

They must be clear and secure to a person standing 20 metres away from the car . installed on the rear and front of the vehicle. All characters should be properly formed and spaced in order to ensure they’re not misinterpreted.

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Every vehicle is required to have an identifiable VIN that is either displayed on an VIN plate, which is secured to the vehicle or printed or etched on the chassis or body.


A speedometer should be installed and our professional technician will ensure that it is able to be lit. It doesn’t matter if dial glass has cracked, so long as the speed is readable.

Pre-MOT check tips

Registration plates: Cleanse your plates, and ensure they’re clear and legal. If you’re in need of new plate registration for either your rear or front you can purchase one on the internet.

Speedometer: Make sure that your speedometer can be read , and the dashboard lights are lit at night.

Exhaust system

Your exhaust system must be safe and free of leaks. If your car was initially equipped by a converter catalytic it should be still in use.


The vehicle’s carbon monoxide as well as hydrocarbon emissions must be in line with the limits set by law. Our skilled technicians will employ an analyser probe for gas while the engine is running to check the smoke that is released through the exhaust. They’ll also check visually for any excessive smoke of any color being emanating from the exhaust, which could lead to an MOT failing.

Your car needs to have enough fuel and engine oil to allow the technician to conduct their emissions checks.

Pre-MOT check tips

Exhaust: Take note of any rumbling or noise in to the side of the pipe while your car is running. This could indicate a problem which needs to be addressed prior to when you go for your MOT. Use our no-cost exhaust inspection to gain professional advice and assistance.

Emissions: Make sure you fill up your fuel and engine oil before you test. The level of oil should be in the range of the marks of minimum and maximum on the dipstick located in the reservoir of oil under your bonnet.


Mirrors for the rear view and wing mirrors should be secured and offer sufficient views of the side and back of the vehicle.
Windscreens and Wipers

In the windscreen area just in front of where the driver is, there should not be any obstruction or damage to the view that is greater than 10mm. Outside of this area (but within the sweep area) it is not allowed to there be damage, or obstruction that is greater than 40mm. Washers and wipers should sweep an area large enough to provide the driver with an ideal vision of their road.

Pre-MOT check tips

6.6 Percent of MOT failings result from problems with the driver’s vision of the road

Mirrors: Look for cracks in your windscreen or mirrors that may block your view of the road . You can replace or repair any that are damaged.

Wipers Blades an inspection to make sure they’re in good condition and aren’t showing signs of wear and tear.

Windscreen: Examine the level of wash and fill off when required. Apply a little squirt to make sure everything is functioning in the way it should be before setting off for testing.