Subaru 4 You Good Garage Scheme


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
please complete the form below

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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.

Driving Controls

Click items in blue for more information


  • Steering Wheel and Column
  • Footbrake and Servo
  • Handbrake
  • Light Switches and Horn
  • Windscreen Wipers and Washers
  • Seat Belts
  • Windscreen View unbostructed (so keep your Sat Nav well out of the way)


  • Suspension
  • Shock Absorber Effectiveness
  • Tyres and Wheels
  • Body Condition which includes sharp edges
  • Windscreen (damage)
  • Number Plates


  • Side lamps
  • Direction Indicators
  • Headlamps
  • Headlamp Aim
  • Reflectors
  • Stop Lamps
  • Rear Lamps
  • Fog Lamps
  • Note: Lamp colour is currently checked and forward facing lamps must not be coloured.

Under Bonnet

  • Braking Components
  • Suspension
  • Steering

Under Vehicle

  • Steering
  • Tyres and Wheels
  • Foot and Handbrake System
  • Suspension and Shock Absorbers
  • Wheel Bearings and Drive shafts
  • Exhaust
  • Chassis

Brake Performance

  • Footbrake Efficiency
  • Front Brake Balance
  • Handbrake Efficiency

Exhaust Emission

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) Emission
  • Hydrocarbon (HC) Emission
  • Lambda
  • 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 the vehicle.

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