Getting your MOT for your vehicle

As a driver, it’s your responsibility to make sure your vehicle is safe on the roads. No matter what type of vehicle you have, whether it’s a car, motorcycle, goods vehicle, or van, your vehicle is required to go through an MOT test every year. An MOT test, also known as the Ministry of Transport test, checks that your vehicle is safe and roadworthy and ensures it meets road safety and environmental standards.

The MOT test has been around since the 1960s, but it has been expanded, improved, and expanded many times over the years to make sure that it is the most comprehensive vehicle inspection possible and to prevent automobile accidents and breakdowns on the road.

Whether you’ve just completed your test and are wondering about the significance of an MOT or you’ve recently purchased a new car and are unsure if you should have it inspected, you’ve come to the correct spot. We’ll look at what an MOT is and why it’s so critical in this article.

What is an MOT?

An MOT test is required once a car has been three years old, and it must be taken annually to ensure that it meets road safety and environmental requirements. There are more than 21,000 authorised testing sites across the United Kingdom (search for the official blue sign with three white triangles) that can do an MOT on your car for you.

An MOT test is a thorough examination of your automobile to ensure that it is roadworthy. These checks range from checking your brakes to ensuring the exhaust system is in good working order, ensuring you can continue driving on public roads. The procedure takes around 45-60 minutes and you’ll need to leave your car at the testing facility and return for it when it’s finished.

MOT centre checklist

The following car components are evaluated during an MOT test: the engine, clutch, and gearbox. However, the condition of these parts is not covered or tested.

The MOT inspection checklist is for MOT testers to use during MOT tests for cars and passenger vehicles. It lists the areas that need to be inspected, including:

  • interior checks
  • exterior checks
  • under the bonnet checks
  • under the vehicle checks
  • emissions checks
  • brake test checks

The seats, doors, mirrors, load security, registration plates, lights, bonnet, wiper blades and washers, windscreen, horn and steering and suspension are all verified during an MOT test.

If your vehicle passes its MOT, it will be given a new MOT certificate that is valid for one year.

What are the most prevalent reasons for cars failing their MOT inspection that could have been prevented?

A car’s MOT is frequently revoked because of minor issues or faults that might have been readily corrected by the vehicle owner. The following are some of the most typical reasons why automobiles fail an MOT:

  • Screenwash – Topping up your car’s screen wash takes only minutes, but not doing so might cause your MOT test to fail. Make sure you top up your screenwash before your next MOT test to avoid getting caught out.
  • Lit-up warning dashboard light – Turning up to an MOT test with a warning light illuminated on your dashboard is one easy way to fail. Make sure you’re up to date on what each warning light indicates before your car’s MOT; if any of your lights are on, make sure you get the issue resolved beforehand!
  • Anything obstructing the driver’s view – Before your MOT test, make sure all the above problems are fixed – regardless of whether you believe it or not, they’re some of the most basic yet frequent causes for MOT failures. Those air fresheners may look and smell nice, but they could also make you fail your MOT.

What if my car fails its MOT – What do I do?

If your car fails its MOT, the test centre will issue you a VT30 Certificate, which will detail the reasons for your vehicle’s failure. The faults will be classified as either critical, significant, or minor on the certificate.

If your vehicle has a hazardous problem, you won’t be able to drive it away that day. Instead, you’ll need to hire a professional garage to perform the required repairs for you. Typically, the garage that conducted your MOT test will be able to do the work for you; but if you want to ensure you’re receiving the best price for

If your automobile has a serious fault, you may be able to drive it away if it is still classed as roadworthy and your previous MOT has not yet expired. If your MOT expires, but your car is still roadworthy, you can have the problems fixed and book a pre-booked MOT. You may be fined £2,500.

ART Garage Crewe offers MOT testing services in Crewe to help you keep your vehicle roadworthy and legal. Our experienced and skilled staff will thoroughly inspect every component of your automobile to verify that it is as safe as possible when you leave. When it comes to car safety, we never compromise on quality, so you can trust us.