All UK cars 3 years old and over
require a valid MOT certificate by law. The contents and
standards required are set by the Vehicle Inspectorate.
These standards are continuously reviewed and updated.
MOT tests can be carried out on your car up to one month
(less one day) prior to the expiry date of an existing
UK MOT certificate.
On passing the MOT test, the vehicle
will receive a certificate valid from the date of expiry
of your existing MOT certificate or the current date if your old certificate has already expired or if it is not due to expire for more than one month minus one day so if you have an MOT test a month or more early you will lose that month of your old MOT.
Let us remind you when your MOT is due and get
*** £10 OFF your MOT ***
when carried out with a full major service
We accept no liability if your MOT expires
due to not receiving an MOT reminder.
To book an MOT or a reminder
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The MOT Car Test
What is involved?
The annual testing of your vehicle to
ensure it meets minimum road safety standards. It
will be carried out by a Vehicle Inspectorate approved
tester. An assistant is essential for proper conduct of
the MOT test. You must not interrupt or distract the
tester during the inspection. The items tested are
regularly reviewed by the Vehicle Inspectorate and items
tested may be added to or removed from this list.
The following were correct at the time this page was
created and should be used as a guide only and should
not be considered as a legal guide to the MOT test.
Click items in blue
for more information
- Steering Wheel and Column
- Footbrake and Servo
- Light Switches and Horn
- Windscreen Wipers and Washers
- Seat Belts
- Windscreen View unbostructed (so keep your Sat Nav well out of the way)
- Shock Absorber Effectiveness
- Tyres and Wheels
- Body Condition which includes sharp edges
- Windscreen (damage)
- Number Plates
- Side lamps
- Direction Indicators
- Headlamp Aim
- Stop Lamps
- Rear Lamps
- Fog Lamps
- Note: Lamp colour is currently checked and forward
facing lamps must not be coloured.
- Braking Components
- Tyres and Wheels
- Foot and Handbrake System
- Suspension and Shock Absorbers
- Wheel Bearings and Drive shafts
- Footbrake Efficiency
- Front Brake Balance
- Handbrake Efficiency
- Carbon Monoxide (CO) Emission
- Hydrocarbon (HC) Emission
- Excessive Visible Smoke
- Noise Level
An MOT Certificate relates only to
the condition of testable items at the time of the test.
It should not be regarded as evidence of the condition
of the items tested at any other time nor should it be
taken as evidence of the general mechanical condition of