What the MOT test includes
The MOT 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
Is free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas and there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury.
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.
The exhaust emissions
The vehicle meets the requirements for exhaust emissions, dependant on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.
The exhaust system
Is secure, complete, without serious leaks and silences effectively.
The seat belts
All belts installed are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seat belts must be in place.
The front seats are secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position. Components to be inspected.
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.
The mirrors The minimum numbers are on the vehicle, their condition and security.
Load security Boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.
The brakes Their condition, operation and performance (efficiency test). Note the removal of the road wheels is not part of the test.
The tyres and wheels Their condition, security, size, type and tread depth.
The registration plates Their condition, security, characters correctly formed and spaced.
The lights Their condition, operation and security. Headlamps for aim.
The bonnet Securely latches in the closed position.
The wipers and washers Operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.
The windscreen Its condition and the driver's view of the road.
The horn Operates correctly and is of a suitable type.
The steering and suspension Are of a satisfactory condition and operation.
The vehicle identification number (VIN)