An MOT is an annual safety check that is carried out on all vehicles over three years old. A valid MOT certificate is a legal requirement for all vehicles being driven on public roads, so it is always worth knowing in advance which elements are checked as part of this safety check. Many MOT faults can be avoided through simple maintenance, so it is a good idea to check parts such as lights, wiper blades and tyres beforehand. This blog outlines the main areas that are checked during an MOT.
The vehicle body must be in good condition and free from excessive corrosion or sharp edges that could cause injury. The registration plates must be fixed to the front and rear of the car and be clearly visible at 20 metres. If any body work related issues are identified, we can fix them in our in house Hook Vehicle Bodyshop.
Lights and Electrical Equipment
To pass the MOT check, all front, rear, brake, fog, indicator and registration plate lights and rear reflectors must work properly. They must be correctly positioned and in good condition, not be obscured and be the correct colour. The horn must also work correctly and be loud enough to be heard by another road user. The battery and electrical wiring should also be secure. It is quick and simple to check your vehicle’s lights prior to the MOT check and most lights are cheap and easy to fix yourself.
Mirrors and Windscreen
Rear view and wing mirrors must be secure and provide adequate views. Wipers and washers must sweep a wide enough area to give the driver an adequate view of the road. There must not be too much obstruction to the driver’s view or damage to the windscreen.
Steering, Suspension and Brakes
The steering wheel will be checked for its overall strength and condition, and the steering lock will be checked to ensure it only operates when the engine is not running. The suspension and shock absorbers will be checked for excessive damage, such as corrosion or fractures. A brake performance test will be carried out to ensure the brakes operate efficiently and the overall condition of the brakes will be inspected.
The tyres must be of an appropriate specification for the vehicle – see our blog on choosing tyres for your vehicle for more information. The tread depth must not be below 1.6mm and the tyres must be free from lumps, tears and cuts.
Exhaust and Emissions
The exhaust system will be checked to ensure it is secure and doesn’t leak, and an emissions test will be carried out to check that emissions of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons fall within the legal limit.
Book Your Next MOT with Hook Xpress
We undertake MOTs for all vehicles in-house. Our VOSA-approved MOT testers will test your vehicle’s roadworthiness and provide advice and recommendations regarding your vehicle. We serve customers from Hook, Camberley, Farnborough and beyond.
Combine Your MOT With A BOSCH Service
Many of our customers choose to combine an MOT with one of our BOSCH service plans. Our service plans include genuine BOSCH parts, a Wash n Vac and a free vehicle collection service. To find out more about our BOSCH vehicle servicing plans and book your MOT and / or service, contact us or call us on 01256 224 876.