26 Feb 2015

What is Tested in an MOT?

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An MOT makes sure that your car is safe to drive on the roads. It may seem like a pain shelling out money to get your car looked over every year, but it ensures the safety of yourself, your passengers and every other driver on the road. There are many things that are tested during an MOT and if you know what they are, you may be able to prepare your vehicle to make sure you pass the test.


19% of MOT failures are due to faulty lights, so give them a quick check before taking your car in. All lights must be in full working order, and must not be obscured. They must be the correct colour e.g. front headlights may have a blue tint but must be predominantly white.


Your horn must be able to produce a continuous uniform note that’s easily heard by other road users. It’s there to make sure that you can alert other drivers, so if it’s not loud enough, it’s no good.

Registration Plate

Your registration plate needs to be clearly legible at a distance of 20 meters, and it must be fitted correctly and securely.


Your tyres must be appropriate for the vehicle and free from cuts, lumps, bulges and tears. The tread depth will be tested, and it must be at least 1.6mm deep.


As one of the most important components of your car, the brakes will be thoroughly tested to ensure they’re in full working condition. The brake lights will also be checked.


Your view will be checked to make sure there’s no obstruction that could impede the view of the driver. If you have any large items hanging from your rear view mirror, remove these before the MOT test.

General Condition

The general condition of the car will be checked to ensure there’s no extensive erosion or sharp edges that could cause injury. If there’s any damage to the outside of your car, it’s a good idea to get that fixed before your MOT.

The MOT test will make sure that your car is working to its full capacity which will help to protect you and others. If you can conduct a few of your own tests, you may be able to save yourself from spending more money than is necessary. If the body of your car is in bad shape, we can provide you with car body repairs in Wimbledon. For more information about any of our services, don’t hesitate to contact us today by calling 07732 542500 to speak to a member of our team.

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