The M.O.T certificate confirms that at the time of the test, without dismantling it, the vehicle met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. It doesn’t mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the length of time the certificate is valid.
The M.O.T certificate is also no guarantee of the general mechanical condition of your vehicle. The test doesn’t cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.
We offer a discount on M.O.T’s when booked alongside a service for the same vehicle.
|The M.O.T looks at some important items on your car to see that they meet key legal requirements at the time of test:
The body and vehicle structure
The fuel System
The exhaust emissions
The exhaust system
The seat belts
VOSA Published Maximum Fees
Including Items Relating To Those Shown
FREE Re-Test conditions
In certain cases we may not be able to Test your vehicle
Your vehicle's exhaust emissions are measured as part of the MOT Test to help combat pollution caused by all motor vehicles.
An MoT failure due to corrosion will only result If there is excessive corrosion in critical areas of the structure, or if it causes dangerous projections from the bodywork.
If your vehicle fails its MOT, and you do not agree with the results, you need to discuss this with the Test Centre before anyone starts repairs.
Steering And Suspension
The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
Tyres and Wheels
Wipers and Washer
If the vehicle is brought back to the same test station and Re-Tested before the end of the next working day on one or more of the following items only:
Brake Pedal Anti-slip
Break Glass Hammer**
Doors (including hinges, catches and pillars)
Door Open Warning Device**
Emergency Exits and Signs**
Entrance Door Remote Control** Entrance/exit Steps**
Fuel Filler Cap
Headlamp Cleaning or Levelling Devices(not requiring a headlamp aim check)
Lamps (excluding headlamp aim)
Loading Door Main Beam ‘tell-tale’
Seat Belts (but not anchorages)
Seat Belt Load Limiter
Seat Belt Pre-tensioner
Sharp Edges or Projections Stairs**
Towbars (excluding body around anchorage points)
Trailer Electrical Sockets
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
Windscreen and Glass
Wheels* and Tyres*
* Excludes Class 1 and 2
** Class 5 Only
If the vehicle is left at the testing station for repair and is Re-Tested within 10 working days, then only a partial Re-Test is needed for which
THERE IS NO CHARGE
If the vehicle is removed from the test station for repair and returned for Re-Test within 10 working days, only a partial Re-Test is needed.
UP TO HALF THE FULL MOT FEE MAY BE CHARGED
*ONLY ONE FREE RE-TEST is permissible per MOT
In certain cases we may not be able to Test your vehicle, for the following reasons:
Doors, Tailgate, Boot Lid, Bonnet / Engine Cover, or Fuel Filler Cap.
This Would Cover Refusal To Test A Diesel Engine Vehicle Where The Maintenance History Or Condition Was Suspect.
Note: Should a reason for refusal be discovered during an MOT despite initial care when conducting the pre-test inspection then, the test must be terminated and no fee charged.
You may request a “Refusal to Test” decision in writing.
There are different tests for Petrol and Diesel engines:
Initially the MOT Tester will check the maintenance history of your vehicle by asking you some questions, if they think that the Diesel Smoke Test may damage your engine, they must refuse to test it.
After checking the oil temperature to ensure the engine is warm the tester will accelerate the engine from idle until the governor cuts in up to a maximum of 6 times. Your engine will not be held at full speed for any length of time. If your engine has been properly maintained, the test should not cause damage to your engine.
Please tell the tester if you think The Smoke Test may damage your engine
To reduce the possibility of damage and increase the chances of passing you should:
If Your Vehicle Was First Registered Before The 1st August 1975 Then It Is Only Subject To A Visual Assessment.
The test for Petrol engine vehicles after this date involves checking the exhaust gas emissions for concentrations of
Oxygen – This is known as the Lambda value and is an indicator of combustion efficiency.
After checking the oil temperature to ensure the engine is warm (60 deg. C) the tester may take readings at idle speed between 450-1,500 rpm and also at increased rev’s at a range between 2,500-3,000 rpm (depending on the test required) The Gas Analyser automatically prompts the tester for the correct procedure.
Most Catalytic Converter equipped vehicles
200 ppm Hydrocarbon – 0.2 – 0.3% Carbon Monoxide – 0.97-1.03 Lambda. Although these figures may vary depending on the manufacturers specification.
For Non-Catalytic Converter equipped vehicles
1,200 ppm Hydrocarbon and between 3.5 – 4.5% Carbon Monoxide (depending on the vehicle age)
As well as the main Load Bearing Members on a vehicle, there are certain areas of the structure that are particularly important for the safety of your vehicle and particular attention is given to these “Prescribed Areas” they include the load bearing and component mountings relating to; Steering, Suspension, Brakes and Seat Belts and also include any load bearing or supporting structure within 30cm of the mounting location of these components.
The Tester will visually check these areas for excessive corrosion, then by using finger and thumb pressure will ensure that the metal does not give way and if necessary by careful scraping and tapping using a special Corrosion Assessment Tool
If there are holes in the vehicle bodywork caused by rust it may not necessarily fail the MOT
The MOT testing regulations, state that the criterion for failure is “A sharp edge or projection caused by corrosion which renders the vehicle dangerous to other road users, including pedestrians”
The MOT Tester will use their experience and judgement to decide if this applicable.
You can appeal a failed test result by filling in an appeal form ‘VT17’. Available from any MOT test centre or by calling:
Vehicle Operator Standards Agency (VOSA)
0300 123 9000
Your appeal must be received within 14 working days of the test.
VOSA will then offer you an appointment within 5 days to recheck your vehlcle,and you’ll need to pay the full test fee again. If your appeal is successful, then some or all of the test fee will be refunded to you.