MOT Tests

MOT Tests

MOT tests can be carried out on your car up to 1 month before the expiry date of an existing UK MOT certificate provided that you have a current MOT certificate. On passing the MOT, you will then receive a certificate valid from the date of expiry of your existing MOT.

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The follow list describe what is involved in the the MOT checks. But please remember this is not a service, which you should do to ensure the safe and economical running of your vehicle.

Registration plate

Condition, security, legibility and format of letters/numbers.


Condition, operation, security and correct colour. The headlamps will also be checked to see if the aim is correct.

Steering and suspension

Condition, operation, security and correct colour.

Wipers and washers

Operate to give the driver a clear view of the road.


Condition and drivers view of the road.


Correct operation and type


All seatbelts installed are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seatbelts must be in place

Fuel system

No leaks, fuel cap fastens correctly and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened. Make sure the key is available.

Exhaust emissions

Vehicle meets the requirement for exhaust emission. These vary on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.

Exhaust system

Complete, secure, without serious leaks and silences effectively.

Vehicle structure

Free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas. No sharp edges.


Open and close. Latch securely in closed position. Front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items.

Wheels and tyres

Condition, security, tyre size and type, and tread depth. Spare tyres are not tested.


Condition, operation and performance (efficiency test). Suitable vehicles will be tested on a roller brake tester. Vehicles such as those with permanent 4-wheel drive will be tested either on a suitable road using a properly calibrated and maintained decelerometer or, if one is installed at the test station, a plate brake tester.