Which Items are checked during the Mot test? 

 
Which Items are checked during the Mot test? Below is a list of what we check during your MOT test. 
 
 
The car battery must be secure and not show any signs of leaking.  
 
Brakes - (Brakes) 
A computerised brake performance test is carried out to check braking. The 
computer advises us if the efficiency of the brakes meets the standards or not. 
 
Body 
An inspection is made of the body, chassis, engine mountings, seats and doors. All 
areas must be free from excessive corrosion and must not have any sharp edges 
that may cause injury. 
 
Emissions - (Exhaust System) 
Our gas analyser probe will be used with the engine is running to test the smoke 
emitted from the exhaust. Emissions of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons must 
meet the legal limit. 
There is also a visual check to see if excessive blue or black smoke is emitted from 
the exhaust. 
 
Electrical Wiring 
Wiring must be secured and not damaged where it may short circuit or become 
detached in any way. 
 
Exhaust System - (Exhaust System) 
The exhaust will be inspected to ensure it is secure and leak free. If your car was 
originally fitted with a catalytic converter or DPf, it must be present on the vehicle. 
 
Fuel System - (Fuel system) 
The fuel system is checked for leaks and the fuel tank cap must fit and seal 
correctly. 
 
Horn 
The horn must emit a continuous note and must be loud enough to be heard by 
other road users. 
 
Lights 
The lights on your vehicle must be: 
• Correctly positioned and secure 
• Not obscured 
• In good condition 
• Show the correct colour 
• Not affected by the operation of any other light 
• Illuminate with a single operation of the switch 
 
Pairs of lights must show light of the same colour, size and shape. 
Headlight aim should meet the required legislation 
 
Mirrors And Wipers 
Your rear view mirrors and wing mirrors must be correctly fitted and provide 
adequate views to the rear and side. 
The wipers and washers must sweep a wide enough area to give the driver an 
adequate view. 
 
Registration Plates 
Registration plates must be fitted at the front and rear of the car. The plates must be 
secure and clearly legible if standing 20 metres away. 
The characters on the plate must meet current legislation and be correctly 
represented so not likely to be misread. 
 
Steering - (Steering) 
Your car or vans steering is checked for strength and condition. It is also inspected 
for wear or damage to the steering components. 
If steering has a locking device, it'll be tested to ensure it only locks when the 
engine is not running. 
Power steering must have at least the minimum level of power steering fluid in the 
reservoir. 
 
Suspension - (Suspension) 
Suspension components including shock absorbers will be checked for excessive 
corrosion, fractures or damage. 
The condition of the brakes, pedals and levers are inspected. 
 
Speedometer 
A speedometer must be fitted, and the tester will check that it can be illuminated. 
 
Tyres - (Tires) 
Any tyre must be of the correct speed and load rating for the vehicle. 
Tread depth must not be below the legal limit of 1.6mm, and tyres will be checked 
for any cuts in greater than 25mm, lumps, bulges, tears, exposure of the cord. 
For run-flat tyres, the warning light must operate correctly. 
Wheels will be examined for good overall condition. 
 
Vehicles with a tow bar 
Any electrical sockets will be tested for condition and that it operates the trailer 
parking lights, brake lights, indicators and rear fog lights. 
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) 
All vehicles must permanently display a legible VIN, either on a VIN plate secured 
to the vehicle, or stamped or etched on the body or chassis. 
 
Windscreen 
There must not be any damage or obstruction to the view directly in front of the 
driver larger than 10mm. outside this area (but within the swept area), there must 
not be any damage or obstruction larger than 40mm. 
 
If your car fails the MOT test? 
You will receive a list of the items that have failed. We will provide you with an 
accurate estimate and once authorised the repairs will be carried out and the 
vehicle re-tested free of charge. 
 
What is an advisory item? 
Advisory items are parts on the car that have passed the test but will require 
attention in the near future. We can provide an estimate for these items if required.