The MOT test was set up way back in 1960, and is a legal requirement. If your car needs one and doesn’t have it, you face a £1000 penalty, as well as being unable to renew your road tax and almost certainly invalidating your car insurance, which risks a further 6-8 penalty points and, in turn, invalidates any claims.
These are the most important facts you should know:
It’s necessary on a vehicle’s third birthday, then annually.
The test’s purpose is to check a car’s safety and roadworthiness, in particular its brakes and emissions.
It includes an extensive list of internal and external checks.
It is a visual check only - examiners are not allowed to change or remove anything on your car, which is why you still need a service.
There are over 600 ways to fail.
The test is controlled by the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, previously known as VOSA), and MOTs must be carried out by a qualified and approved “Nominated Tester” (NT).
At CMW, we can MOT all makes & models of car & light commercial.
Your MOT can be carried out up to 30 days in advance of the expiry date - the new certificate will be dated to expire a year from the existing expiry date, so you don't lose out. Having the MOT carried out in advance also offers you time to get any issues highlighted in good time.
We offer while-you-wait appointments, with a comfortable waiting area and refreshments. We also have a viewing area, if you wanted to watch your car being tested.
We offer a free MOT reminder service - just call us and let us know when your MOT expires and we will be in touch with you a month before it becomes due to arrange a convenient appointment with you.
Please call our Aftersales Department on 01444 452 621 to make an MOT booking.
There are a number of checks you can carry out yourself prior to the MOT;
- Check your lights
Nearly one in five (18.4%) of all cars taken for MOT had a problem with lighting and signalling – including simple problems, like blown bulbs.
Checking your lightbulbs is easy to do. You just need to give them a light tap to see if they are loose or damaged. You can also check the colours are right and match.
Replacement bulbs are fairly cheap and you can change them yourself if you have your car handbook. However, many modern-day car owners do complain of how difficult it is to change bulbs, as some carmakers cram as much as they can into the smallest engine bay possible, making access hard.
- Check your tyres
During 2014/15, 7.4 per cent of car MOT fails were due to tyre issues.
You can use a tread depth gauge to check your tyre tread. The minimum tread for a car is 1.6mm.
You can also check that the tyres: pressures are correct, are all the same size, have no cuts, bulges or other signs of damage
- Check your brakes
One in 10 MOT fails are due to brake issues.
You can test your brakes every day as you set off. If you hear any strange noises, or if your car pulls to one side, contact us immediately. You can also check your brake fluid levels. Look for the high/low markings on the reservoir and make sure that your brake fluid is topped up.
- Driver’s view of the road
Some 6.6% of MOT fails are due to issues with the Driver’s view of the road.
You can avoid this by carrying out simple checks like: the windscreen wipers and washers work, your view of the road is clear of any stickers, toys or air fresheners.
Windscreen wiper blades should be replaced if they show signs of damage or if they are more than a year old. This is a simple job that most motorists should be able to do.
You should get your windscreen replaced if you have any large chips that affect your view, as these will result in an MOT fail.
Your rear-view mirrors must be adjustable and in good condition.
You should also make sure that you regularly top up your washer fluids and check that your washers are working properly before setting off.