The MOT (Motor Optimisation Technique) test is a yearly check that ensures your car meets road safety and environmental criteria. Each MOT includes a comprehensive list of required tests and inspections, which are applied to every vehicle.
The following are the fundamental components that are verified during an MOT test. We’ve also included some quick pre-check tests that anyone can do before their MOT. Nearly half of all faults discovered during an MOT might have been avoided by doing basic maintenance, so performing simple checks such as lights, wiper blades, and tires before your test might save you
If you find one, we can supply all of the spare parts and replacement components you’ll need at Halfords. In some instances, we may even alter things like bulbs or wiper blades while you wait.
Your vehicle’s front, rear, brake, fog, indicator and registration plate lights and rear reflectors must:
The headlights must be illuminated by a pair of lights that emit light of the same hue, size and form, as well as having a below-horizontal headlight aim (both dip beam and main beam) to avoid dazzling other drivers.
- Horn: The horn must make a continuous, uniform tone and be loud enough to be heard by the other traffic on the road.
- Battery: No signs of leaking electrolytes are acceptable.
- Electrical wiring: Wiring should be secure and must not be damaged to the point where it is likely to short circuit or become detached.
- Towbars: The electrical sockets must be in excellent working order and properly function the trailer parking lights, brake lights, indicators, and rear fog lights.
- Steering: Your steering wheel must be secure and in good working order. Our professional mechanic will check this by pushing the wheel in various directions and inspecting the steering components for wear or damage. If your power steering has a locking mechanism, it should only lock while the engine isn’t running. A vehicle with power steering must have at least enough fluid in the reservoir.
- Suspension: Suspension components and shock absorbers will be checked for excessive corrosion, distortion, and fractures. Your brakes, pedals and levers should be in good condition and any relevant warning lights must work. Our expert technician will also carry out a brake performance test to check brake efficiency.
- Pre-MOT check tips: An estimated 9.6 per cent of MOTs are due to brake issues, so keep an eye on your vehicle and make a mental note if it pulls to one side when you apply the brakes. It’s critical that you address this issue immediately because it can be dangerous. Book an appointment for a free brake check, and our experienced specialists will examine your car
- Tyre tread depth: must be at least 1.6mm, and the speed and load ratings of your tyres must be appropriate for your car. All-wheel nuts should be in place and securely tightened. The warning light on a vehicle with run-flat tires should work correctly.
- Pre-MOT check tips: The majority of MOT faults are caused by tyres. Tyre tread depth should be checked with a tyre depth gauge before taking your car in for an MOT. If you don’t have the tools or time, stop by your local Halfords autocentre for a free tyre check. All of your seat belts (including the attachment and adjustment fittings) must be properly adjusted and in good working order.
- Pre-MOT check tips: To ensure that your seat belts are functioning properly, give them a hard tug. Examine the locks to be sure they’re operating effectively and everything is in good working order.
- Body: Exhaust system: If a vehicle has an exhaust system, it will be inspected to make sure that all components are free of excessive corrosion with no sharp edges that might cause harm.
- Registration plates: The lettering must be visible and legible from a distance of 20 meters, and it must be placed on the front and rear of the car. All letters must be properly formed and spaced so that they are not misinterpreted, and all characters should be correctly shaped.
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN): Every vehicle must have a legible VIN on the hood, body, or chassis that is visible at all times.
- Speedometer: A speedometer must be installed, and our professional expertise will ensure that it can be seen. It doesn’t matter whether the dial glass is broken as long as the speed may be read. Your car’s carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions must conform to legal standards. While the engine is running, our skilled experts will use a gas analyser probe to inspect the smoke produced by the exhaust. They’ll also visually check for any kind of smoke coming from the exhaust, which could result in an MOT failure due to excessive smoke.
MOT tests from Art Garage
Art Garage provides a high-quality experience when you book an MOT with them. When it comes to caring for your automobiles, we remain true to the traditional principles of honesty and integrity. We can perform a full-service package of services and repairs as well as an annual MOT.