The MOT Test
The Ministry of Transport (MOT), introduced tests on a vehicle in 1960 to ensure they were safe on our roads. The original test was basic and only included brakes, lights and steering, very different from today’s tests.
A car brought from new does not require its first MOT until it is 3 years old, but will then require one every 12 months. At All Trans Autos Ltd our VOSA qualified technicians have been carrying out MOT’s for many years so you could say were experienced in the MOT world!.
If your vehicle requires a service at the same time as your MOT is due, then we recommend your test is carried out first. If the vehicle fails we can then price the repairs and if necessary and reschedule the service for another day so your vehicle can leave with a current MOT certificate. Minor issues, such as wiper blades and bulbs, can be repaired during the mot to get it through the test.
All Trans Autos Ltd provide MOT’s for cars, minibuses, vans and motorhomes. We are also able to provide HGV’s MOT testing.
Below are the items checked during your MOT test....
Battery - (Starting and Charging)
The car battery must be secure and not show any signs of leaking.
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.
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.
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.
Wiring must be secured and not damaged where it may short circuit or become detached in any way.
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.
The fuel system is checked for leaks and the fuel tank cap must fit and seal correctly.
The horn must emit a continuous note and must be loud enough to be heard by other road users.
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 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.
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 components including shock absorbers will be checked for excessive corrosion, fractures or damage.
The condition of the brakes, pedals and levers are inspected.
A speedometer must be fitted, and the tester will check that it can be illuminated.
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.
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.
Whilst your vehicle is being MOT tested you can wait in our reception viewing area where you will be welcomed by our friendly receptionist.