MOT Centre

Why do you need a MOT for your vehicle?

The MOT (Ministry of Transport) test is a legal requirement in the UK for most vehicles that are more than three years old. The test is designed to ensure that vehicles meet minimum safety and environmental standards.

The MOT test is required by law because it helps to ensure that vehicles on the road are safe and roadworthy. This is important for both the driver of the vehicle and other road users. The test checks various components of the vehicle, including the brakes, lights, steering, and suspension, to ensure they are in good working order. If any of these components are faulty or in need of repair, the MOT test will highlight the issue and the vehicle will need to be repaired before it can pass the test.

In addition to safety concerns, the MOT test also helps to reduce environmental damage caused by poorly maintained vehicles. The test includes checks for emissions, ensuring that vehicles are not emitting excessive pollutants into the air.

Overall, the legal requirement for an MOT test helps to ensure that vehicles on the road are safe and roadworthy, reducing the risk of accidents and environmental damage.

How often do I need to have an MOT?

It is a legal requirement to have your vehicle MOT done every 12 months for standard public cars. Certain vehicles used for public service require them more regularly. For the public you do not need an MOT until your vehicle is 4 years old, for example on vehicles 4th birthday an MOT test is required.

How soon can I book my vehicle in?

We recommend booking your car in 1 month before it expires as you will have time to have necessary work done should any be required. If no work is required, you can have up to a maximum of 13 months on your MOT certificate running on your vehicle.

How long does a MOT test take?

MOT tests take around 45 minutes as we check all of the vital parts on your vehicle to make sure it is safe for you to drive from break checks, exhaust emissions and tire tread depths.

How can I make sure my vehicle will pass?

While it’s not possible to guarantee that your car will pass its MOT test, there are some checks that you can do to increase the chances of passing. Here are some things you can check before taking your car for an MOT:

  1. Lights and indicators: Check that all lights and indicators are working properly, including headlights, brake lights, and hazard lights.

  2. Brakes: Make sure that your brakes are in good condition and that the brake pads are not worn down excessively.

  3. Tyres: Check that your tyres have the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm and that they are not damaged or worn unevenly.

  4. Windscreen: Check that there are no cracks or chips in the windscreen that could obstruct the driver’s view.

  5. Exhaust: Make sure that your exhaust is not leaking and that it meets emissions standards.

  6. Steering and suspension: Check that your steering is responsive and that your suspension is in good condition.

  7. Seats and seatbelts: Check that your seats and seatbelts are in good condition and that they function properly.

These checks are not exhaustive, and there may be other issues that could cause your car to fail its MOT. If you’re unsure about anything, it’s always best to have your car checked by a qualified mechanic before taking it for its MOT test.

When you are ready to book your MOT click on the button below where you can choose your day, time and be booked in within minutes.

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