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What is included in an MOT?

It’s that time of year again – the annual MOT test. But what exactly is tested in an MOT test? And what are the failures to look out for? Find out everything you need to know today from our MOT checklist.

What is checked in an MOT?

From checking your tyres to filling up your screen wash, it’s good to prepare for your MOT. And the best place to start is learning what is checked in an MOT:

MOT checklist

  • Steering and suspension – this will assess the condition of the steering mechanism condition, the suspension components and shock absorbers
  • Exhaust – the exhaust system, fuel system and emissions are all checked in an MOT
  • Lights, reflectors and electrical equipment – this includes the lights, horn, battery and electrical wiring
  • Brakes – overall condition including pedals and levers, as well as any related dashboard warning lights
  • Tyres and wheels – tread depth and overall condition is checked, ensuring there are no lumps, bulges, tears, exposure of the cord and tread separation. It will also be checked that the tyres are the appropriate speed and load rating. The wheels are also checked to ensure that they’re in good general condition
  • Seat belts – all seat belts will be checked for safety and condition
  • Body structure and other general items – a general inspection of the cars body, engine mounts, chassis, boot, bonnet and doors will be conducted including registration plates and the speedometer
  • Driver’s view – mirrors, wipers and windscreen checks are made to ensure the driver’s view is not obstructed

Find out everything you need to know today from our helpful MOT guide.

MOT failure reasons

A large number of common faults that cause vehicles to fail their MOTs can be avoided by general maintenance of the car. Smaller elements that are checked in an MOT such as wiper blades, lights and tyres can be the reason your car fails – but can also be parts of your vehicle you can check beforehand.

It’s important to know that you can prepare for your MOT and attempt to help its pass rate. Read our helpful guide on how to prepare for your MOT today.

Now you’re all clued up on what is included, book your MOT test at one of our state-of-the-art, Government-appointed Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) approved testing stations, and find our team of fully trained technicians on hand to help you through all of your motoring needs.

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