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MOT Test Centre Colchester

Mot Testing for Cars, Vans, Motorhomes and Minibuses

By DVSA qualified technicians

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 DVSA qualified technicians have been carrying out MOT’s for many years giving our customers peace of mind.

When the service and MOT are booked together discounts are available, contact us on 01206 576641 to find out more and confirm your booking.

All Trans Autos Ltd provide MOT’s for:

  • Class 4 Cars / Motorhomes / Vans up to 3000KG DGW / Minibuses up to 12 passenger seats
  • Class 5 Private passenger vehicles / Ambulances / Dual-purpose vehicles with 13 or more passenger seats.
  • A class 5 light vehicle (5L) is a smaller class 5 that is limited to 5,000kg design gross weight (DGW).
  • Class 7 Vans over 3000kg up to 3500kg

Some pick up trucks fall into this category due to DGW

Whilst your vehicle is being MOT tested you can wait in our reception viewing area where you will be welcomed by our friendly receptionist.

HGV MOT Testing and PMI’S

All Trans Autos Ltd can provide HGV’s MOT testing, preparation for the test and PMI inspections contact us on 01206 576641 for more information.

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Book any of our services from the comfort of your home. Simply click the button below, choose the service you would like and confirm a date and time.

MOT Colchester

The Items Checked as A Part of The Mot Test

car battery

Battery

Starting & Charging: The car battery must be secure and not show any signs of leaking.

Brake Repair & Replacement

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.

car body

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.

car fumes

Emissions

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.

engine actuators

Electrical Wiring

Wiring must be secured and not damaged where it may short circuit or become detached in any way.

exhaust pipe

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 pump

Fuel System

The fuel system is checked for leaks and the fuel tank cap must fit and seal correctly.

car horn

Horn

The horn must emit a continuous note and must be loud enough to be heard by other road users.

light

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

bosch wiper blades

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.

license plate

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 wheel

Steering

Your car or vans steering is checked for strength and condition. It is also inspected for wear or damage. 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 the minimum level of power steering fluid.

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

Speedometer

A speedometer must be fitted, and the tester will check that it can be illuminated.

tyre

Tyres

Any tyre must be of the correct speed and load rating for the vehicle. Tread depth must not be below the legal limit & tyres will be checked for any cuts or damage. For run-flat tyres, the warning light must operate correctly.

windscreen

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.

Whilst your vehicle is being MOT tested you can wait in our reception viewing area where you will be welcomed by our friendly receptionist.

Book Online

Book any of our services from the comfort of your home. Simply click the button below, choose the service you would like and confirm a date and time.