What Does An MOT Test For?

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Our MOT specialists are here to help ensure your vehicle passes the annual assessment, but are you aware of what it actually tests for? The name derives from the Ministry of Transport, an old government department, but is still kept on today despite it being controlled by the DVSA.

The Test

The assessment looks at the roadworthiness of your vehicle. It is done every year to check that your vehicle doesn’t pose a risk to you or other road users. It also checks to see whether it is in line with environmental standards.

When you get the certificate from MOT specialists, it will award your vehicle either a pass or fail. The certificate will then list the faults it has found and categorise them into minors, majors, advisory and dangerous. Advisories and minor faults won’t cause a fail, but majors and dangerous faults will.

What Do MOT Specialists Look At?

Your MOT specialists looks at many components of your vehicle. The test doesn’t, however, check the health of your engine, clutch or gearbox.

  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Horn
  • Seat belts
  • Exhaust
  • Emissions
  • Windscreen
  • Registration
  • Fuel system
  • Mirrors

The test also looks at the following important components.

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An MOT specialist will check all the lights on your vehicle. They will check to see whether they’re in working order, if they’re positioned correctly and that they’re the right colour. This includes headlights, rear lights, brake lights and indicators.

It is very common to fail a test for lights not working as this can be very dangerous on the road. You can check these are in working order yourself before the test. Get in the car and operate them whilst someone walks round and observes to see if they’re working correctly.


Your braking system should be in good working order for you to drive on the road safety. Mechanics will look at various components of the system to ensure they are not spongy or slack, and that it doesn’t make your vehicle pull to one side. The last thing you want is for your brakes to fail, as this could cause an accident.


Tyres are checked by MOT specialists during the test to ensure they are in good condition. They will be checked for any obvious damage, and also to ensure that the tread depth is within the legal requirements. Tread depth shouldn’t reach below 1.6mm so ensure they are safe on surfaces with poor weather conditions.

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Book Your Test With Our MOT Specialists Today

If you vehicle is due the annual assessment, get in touch with our team today. We can help to complete all the necessary repairs needed for a pass.


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