What is an MOT?

The term MOT comes from the Ministry of Transport – although no longer in existence (its duties now fall under the remit of the Department for Transport), the well-known term “MOT” has stuck. The MOT test is designed to test the safety, roadworthiness and emissions of vehicles, and is applicable in Great Britain. Rules are slightly different in Northern Ireland and other islands with no road connection to Great Britain. If you are found driving a vehicle without a valid MOT, you could find yourself being fined up to £1000.

Most vehicles are required to have an MOT every year from their third year onwards. The first MOT is due before the third anniversary of the first registration, whilst subsequent MOTs are due on the anniversary of the last MOT. Business users should be aware that different rules apply to certain vehicles, for example taxis must have their first MOT before reaching the first anniversary of their registration. To stop the renewal date shifting backwards each year, a car can have an MOT anywhere up to a month before it runs out (i.e. between 11 and 12 months since the last MOT) and keep the same renewal date next year. It is possible to have an MOT done before this time, however the renewal date will change.

What does an MOT involve?

The MOT is made up of a series of tests on safety, roadworthiness and emissions. A vehicle passing all of the checks will be issued with an MOT certificate, whilst one that fails in any area will have to have any problems rectified before it can be retested and a certificate issued. Although the exact tests will vary depending on the vehicle itself, the sorts of things included in the test are:

  • Checking the number plate and vehicle identification numbers match those documented in your logbook
  • Checking that all lights are in working order
  • Checking that the horn works
  • Checking that the mirrors are not damaged
  • Checking the petrol cap seal for wear and tear
  • Checking the pressure and tread depth of your tyres
  • Checking the brake fluid
  • Checking the windscreen wipers and wiper blades operate correctly
  • Checking the air filters
  • Checking the spark plugs
  • Checking the seats and seatbelts are working and not worn out
  • Checking the emissions

Why bring your vehicle to Auto400 for an MOT?

Here at Auto400, we pride ourselves on customer service. We want your vehicle to pass its MOT so that you can be back driving it as quickly as possible. If we do come across any problems, we will do everything we can to get it back on the road for you as soon as possible. We will not undertake any work without first speaking to you about what is needed and how much it will cost, and will only perform work that you have approved of. Once the necessary steps have been taken to get your vehicle to meet the required standards, we will retest it and issue you with an MOT certificate.