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MOT Check List

Did you know a new vehicle will not need to have an MOT test for the first three years?
But did you also know that different rules apply if the vehicle is being used as a licensed minicab or taxi. An MOT only checks some of the important features on your car to ensure they meet the key legal requirements at the time of the test.

Most people will ask why the MOT test is so important, but the fact is it’s because all vehicles that go onto the road must be kept and maintained to a level which is set by the governing body, VOSA. When an MOT is carried out, there are certain checks carried out to ensure that minimum roadworthy standards are met.

Another popular question that is asked is, what does the MOT certificate mean? Well it’s a snapshot through time which indicates the condition of the vehicle at the time the MOT test was taken. It will confirm that the vehicle has met the minimum standards and is acceptable to the road safety standard which is required by law.

So Do You Know Exactly What Is Checked?

• VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) – Making sure this is clearly displayed on your vehicle.
• Registration Plate – Ensuring the condition, security, legibility and the format of the letters and numbers on your registration plate meet the minimum standards.
• Lights – Checking the condition, operation, security and colour of your vehicle’s lights to ensure they are all working and legal. The test also includes checking to see if the headlamp aim is correct.
• Steering and Suspension – Checking that the steering and suspension components are in correct condition and the operation is correct.
• Wipers and Washer Bottle – These are checked to ensure they operate properly giving the driver/s of the vehicle a clear view of the road ahead.
• Horn – Checking the type is correct and how effective it is when sounded.
• Seatbelts – All seatbelts in any vehicle will be checked for type, condition, correct operation and security and to make sure all compulsory seatbelts are intact.
• Fuel System – Ensuring there are no leaks and the fuel cap fastens and seals securely.
• Emissions – An MOT covers your exhaust emissions, to make sure the vehicle is in the guidelines and the exhaust is complete, secure without any serious leaks and it is silenced effectively.
• Bodywork – The structure and body shell are checked for any excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas. Any sharp edges can result in an MOT failure.
• Doors - An MOT will make sure that doors open and close correctly and the latch is secure in the closed position. Both front doors should open from the inside and outside.
• Mirrors – Checked for general condition and security.
• Wheels and Tyres – The condition, security, tyre size, type and tread death will be checked through the MOT test.
• Brakes – An MOT will check the efficiency of the vehicle’s braking performance, condition and operation. Most vehicles will be tested on a rolling road brake tester.

So now you know what is checked on your vehicle and when it’s comes to your MOT test you will be able to go through each of these bullet points to ensure your vehicle is up to minimum standard or it could result in a failed MOT.
If you need to book your MOT test today, why not check out our great range of services at AP Autocare today!

Published: Tuesday 17th February 2015