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The MOT test changed on 20th May 2018, with new defect types, stricter rules for diesel car emissions, and some vehicles over 40 years old becoming exempt. Here you will be able to find more information about the rule changes
The biggest changes will be to your MOT Test result document – MOT defects will now fall into one of three categories:
(Image sourced from https://www.motester.co.uk/mot-test-checks-list/)
Below we show you a list of MOT checks made during an MOT inspection. It is designed to give you a better understanding of the MOT and to enable you to carry out some simple checks for yourself before taking your car for its MOT to increase the chances of achieving a pass result. The following list of MOT checks will tell you in detail which parts of your car are inspected and how the pass or fail result may differ from previous MOT inspections. https://www.motester.co.uk/mot-guide/mot-checks-list/
(0) MOT Test of registration plates and vehicle identification number (VIN)
(1) MOT Test of brakes
(2) MOT Test of steering
(3) MOT Test of windscreen (visibility):
• bonnet catch
(4) MOT Test of lights and headlamps (including reflectors, switches and trailer socket)
(5) MOT Test of tyres and road wheels
• axles and suspension
(6) MOT Test of vehicle structure and body
• tow bar (coupling mechanisms and towing equipment
• fuel system
• doors (incl floors
(7) MOT Test of other equipment – incl. seat belts and supplementary restraint systems, airbags
• horn (audible warning
• anti-theft device
• electronic stability control
(8) MOT Test of exhaust and emissions (including noise and fluid leaks
MOT Test of instrument panel warnings and indicators (grouped here for convenience from above sections)MOT FAQs
Our mechanics perform a series of safety inspections and tests on your vehicle following guidelines from DVSA. When the test is completed you will be given a certificate or refusal document, depending on whether your vehicle passed or failed the MOT. This document will have notes on what to do after the test has been completed. All of these tests are now computerised and you can view your vehicle's MOT history online at any time. We always recommend keeping hold of your MOT certificates for the service history of your vehicle.
If you find that your car has failed the MoT, it isn't necessarily the end of the world. Each year 7.3 million cars fail the MoT in the UK and the causes are often minor, cheap and easy to rectify. Take a look at the top 10 reasons why cars fail the MoT in the UK, the basic but important nature of many of these will surprise you and will also help you to give your vehicle a pre MOT health check - https://good-garage-guide.honestjohn.co.uk/mot-files-2019/mot-files-top-10-mot-test-fails/
Getting your car's MOT test complete is already a task in itself and that's why we want to make the experience as simple and easy for you as possible. We're happy to pick your vehicle up and drop it off for you when your MOT test is completed in our MOT test centre. We’ll also be happy to supply you with a courtesy car if you need it. (This is subject to availability and should be arranged in advance.)
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