What is checked during MOT test?


Seats – Drivers and passengers seats are required to be fully secure on top of that driver’s seat has to be fully adjustable. All seats in the vehicle have to be able to remain in an upright position.

Seatbelts – All seats in your car by law have to have working seatbelts. The seatbelts can not be damaged on their full length.

Other – The horn, speedometer and airbags must be in a correct working order.


Registration PlatesIn order to pass an MOT your registration plates must be clearly visible and legible on your car.

Bodywork – Corrosion or damage to your vehicle’s bodywork may cause MOT test failure.

Doors – The doors must remain secure in the closed position. Both front doors must open from the inside and outside, the rear doors as a minimum must open from the outside.

Mirrors – The minimum amount of mirrors has to be fitted on your car, they need to be in good condition and securely attached to your car.

Lights – All lights must be in a correct working order, they need to have the correct colour, brightness and position. The MOT specialist will also check you indicators and hazard lights.

Did you know?  30% of all MOT faults relate to lighting and signalling

Windscreen – Driver’s visibility will be checked and any damage larger than 40mm will cause MOT failure.

Did you know? 6.6% of MOT fails are due to issues with the driver’s view of the road.

Wipers – Front and rear wipers need to operate correctly

Tyres – The tyres on your car need to be of a correct size and type. They need to be of good condition with the minimum tread depth of 1.6mm

Did you know? 10% of all MOT faults are related to tyres

Other The 13 pin electrical socket will be checked, the screen wash has to be topped up, the bonnet must securely latch and your car must have a locking fuel cap.


Steering and Suspension – The MOT tester will check the strength and condition of the steering wheel, he will also check the level of power steering fluid. Suspension components and shock absorbers will be checked for excessive corrosion, distortion and fractures.

Electrical – Our MOT specialist will check your car’s battery and all wiring.

Brakes – Performance, condition and safety of your brakes will be rigorously tested.

Did you know? 9.6% of MOT fails are due to brake issues

Exhaust Emissions – Your vehicle must meet the requirements for emission depending on age of vehicle and fuel type.

Exhaust – Your exhaust needs to be secure and complete. The MOT expert will check for leaks, noise and the catalyst if it is specified for your type of exhaust.

Check before your test

  • Before your test, have someone walk around your vehicle to check each of the lights while you operate them from the driver’s seat.
  • Use a 20 pence coin to check that your tread depth is at least 1.6mm. Also check your tyre pressure and look for any signs of damage.
  • Check that your screen wash is topped up, your wiper blades are in good working order and that there is no significant damage to your windscreen.