Everything You Need To Know About Your Car MOT Check
Are you due to have your car MOT test but unsure of the process? Whether you are newly qualified or a veteran driver, you are required to book your vehicle in for an MOT on a yearly basis – for your own safety, as well as for other drivers on the road.
What Is An MOT Check?
The MOT check is part of DVLA-enforced legislation which is in place to maintain high safety standards on the roads. As without a certified MOT, your car is invalidated and cannot be used, unless you you have a valid MOT certificate. If you are found to be driving an uncertified vehicle, you can be charged up to £1,000.
For new cars your first MOT must be scheduled within three years of the car’s registration date, in order to ensure that it is safe and secure on the roads. If you require an MOT for large taxis, buses or emergency vehicles, an MOT test should be conducted within one year of registration
Your MOT should be performed by an approved MOT test centre, just like us here at Birchwood MOT, who will conduct a series of checks on your car and will establish whether your car is fit for the road.
What Checks Are Conducted In An MOT?
Here at Birchwood MOT, we have an expert team of tecnicians and engineers that are qualified to conduct a series of checks on the interior and exterior of your car.
An interior heck involves testing all areas inside your car to certify that your seatbelts are in good condition, your horn is operating correctly, and your seats are safe and secure.
The exterior MOT consists of probing your windscreen by looking out for chips or cracks, whilst also making sure your wipers and washers are functioning properly to ensure your view is not restricted. There are a variety of additional components that are also checked before your car can officially pass the MOT test. These include:
- Testing for corrosion and damage on the body and structure of your vehicle
- Opening and closing doors to ensure they are working correctly
- The condition and operation of your mirrors
- The colour and operation of your car lights and headlamp aim
- The legibility of your vehicle identification number and registration plate
- The size, tread depth and condition of your tyres
- Using a roller brake tester to establish your vehicle’s braking ability
- Examining your exhaust emissions for leaks, noises, and workability
- The accuracy and condition of your steering and suspension
- Making sure that the fuel cap fastens securely and that the fuel system is working properly without any leaks
What To Do Before Your MOT Test?
One of the big mistakes people make before their MOT is that they do not conduct any simple checks before their test, which can result in a failed MOT. We offer a general repairs and service package, which enable us to check your entire car before the actual MOT. This will ensure a guaranteed pass, allowing us to get you back on the road as soon as possible.
Why You Should Choose Birchwood For Your Car MOT Check?
Here at Birchwood MOT, we offer a variety of premium vehicle services at none premium prices that will ensure you are MOT ready and safe on the road. As part of Lowton Motor Company we’ve been in business for over 25 years. We have a fantastic team of friendly staff, including highly trained mechanics and experienced technicians.
You may be aware that your MOT expiration date is nearly up, but you are convinced that your car is nowhere near ready to pass. This does not mean that you should avoid booking your test, instead, you can schedule a general repair or service, which will ensure that your car is MOT test ready and prepared for the MOT test.
Our MOT service is a simple process, which allows you to book in, turn up and relax in our luxury waiting area! Though we understand that it’s not always convenient to leave home or work for an hour or so to visit a garage, we all have busy lives and with this in mind we offer a Pick Up & Drop Off service which allows for minimum disruption to your day. When you make your booking below just select Pick Up & Drop Off and we’ll do the rest. You will also receive a free re-test if for some reason your vehicle does not pass the initial test.