MOT Test At Walkers Motor Group
Our service departments have a VOSA approved MOT test bay where we conduct MOT tests using authorised equipment specially designed for MOT testing.
Hopefully your vehicle will pass first time, and if it does we’ll issue you with a MOT certificate that confirms that your vehicle has met the environmental and road safety standards required by law.
Our MOT Testers are VOSA approved and are fully trained to carry out all neccessary work and checks.
What Is Checked During An MOT Test?
During an MOT test our technician will carry out the checks in accordance with the VOSA MOT Test standards to ensure that all parts of your vehicle meet the minimum legal requirement. The MOT Test will check:
|Body and Structure||The body and vehicle structure is free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas and there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury.|
|Bonnet||The bonnet securely latches in the closed position.|
|Boot||The boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.|
|Brakes||The brakes are in good condition and the operation and performance (efficiency test) is satisfactory. Note the removal of the road wheels is not part of the test.|
|Doors||Doors latch securely in closed position. Front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items.|
|Exhaust System||The exhaust meets the requirements for exhaust emissions, depending on the age and fuel type of the vehicle. The exhaust system is secure, complete, without serious leaks and silences effectively.|
|Fuel System||The fuel system has no leaks and the fuel cap fastens and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened so be sure the key is available.|
|Horn||The horn operates correctly and is of a suitable type.|
|Mirrors||Mirrors are in place, in good condition and secure.|
|Number Plate||The registration plates are in good condition and secure and that the characters are correctly formed and spaced.|
|Seat Belts||Seat belts are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seat belts must be in place.|
|Seats||Seats are secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position.|
|Steering||Steering and suspension are of a satisfactory condition and operation.|
|Tyres and Wheels||The tyres and wheels are in good condition, secure, of the correct size and type and tread depth is sufficient. Spare tyres are not inspected.|
|VIN Number||The vehicle identification number (VIN) is on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. Not more than one different VIN is displayed except on multistage build vehicles.|
|Wipers and Windscreen||Wipers and washers operate to give the driver a clear view ahead. The windscreen is in good condition and the driver's view of the road is clear.|
Improve Your Chance Of Passing The MOT Test First Time
Around 80% of vehicles we test will pass their MOT test first time. Passing the MOT check first time is often based on a number of factors, such as age, mileage and most importantly the overall condition. You can however increase the chance of your vehicle passing first time.
Just follow these simple few steps before you make your booking with us:
- Check your tyres. Tread depth needs to be at least 1.6mm. Tyres should also be correctly inflated with no damage to the side walls.
- Check your lights and that the indicators are working properly abd replace any faulty bulbs.
- Make sure that the horn is working.
- Ensure there is no excessive damage to the windscreen. If you have any chips or small cracks you should check with your insurance company to see if it can be repaired by a firm like Autoglass or Autowindscreens free of charge before the damage gets worse (which it eventually will) and the whole windscreen needs replacing.
- Top up the brake fluid, windscreen wash and engine oil levels.
- Check that the windscreen wipers are not damaged or split.
MOT certificates will shortly be phased out and will be replaced by the new online MOT service where you can check the MOT details of your car.
The new DVLA site provides information on every MOT test including test dates, pass/fail history, mileage at each MOT and details of any issues recorded on the advisory notice.