MOT Tips

  • Registration Plate ensure it is secure and not obscured
  • Horn check it operates effectively
  • Lights all lights are checked for operation and security. Do headlamps dazzle?
  • Tow Bars ensure all components are secure, free from damage nor missing
  • Steering check for ‘free play. The steering wheel will be failed if it hampers proper control or likely to cause the driver injury.
  • Bonnet catch can it be secured in the closed position?
  • Seats can all seat backs be secured in the upright position?
  • Seat belts the retraction and locking of the seat belts are checked plus excessive webbing
  • Doors can the front doors be opened from both inside and outside? Do all doors latch securely?
  • Suspension external visual check to examine components of all suspension joints, road springs and shock absorbers. Checks for missing nuts, leakage or broken components.
  • Brakes external visual check of brakes and pipes to identify any corrosion or leaks. Performance of brakes is also checked.
  • Mirrors must be visible from the driver’s seat, secure and not damage to impair the driver’s view to the rear.
  • Exhausts and Emissions does it leak and is it secured? The emission levels are checked for excessive smoking.
  • Windscreen ensure all items affecting the driver’s view such as satnavs and items hanging from the mirror. Is there sufficient liquid to clear the windscreen and are the wipers effective? Chips in the area swept by the wipers are acceptable if they are less than 10mm in diameter, 40mm diameter is acceptable for the rest of the windscreen.
  • Tyres must be correctly matched with regard to type and size, and serious bulges will result in a fail. Are there any wheel nuts missing and is the external fitted spare wheel secure? The groves of the tread pattern must be 1.6mm throughout a continuous band comprising the three-quarters of the breadth tread around the entire outer circumference of the tyre. A tyre will not be failed for under inflation but it could affect the testing of headlights and brakes. From 2012, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) will form part of the MOT test and a faulty sensor will result in a fail.
  • Fuel system the fuel filler cap must fasten securely. Any fuel leak will result in a fail.