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 ยฃ1,000.

For new cars your first MOT must be scheduled within three years of the carโ€™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 Lowton Motor Company Birchwood, 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 Lowton Motor Company Birchwood, 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 check 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 vehicleโ€™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 Choose LMC Birchwood For Your Car MOT Check?

Here at Lowton Motor Company Birchwood, 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.

Book your MOT online today and receive a free vehicle service check or give us a call on 019253 30468.

Our Customer Reviews

  • Very pleased on all counts. They couldn't have been more helpful.
    And they do a great coffee โ˜• ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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    Graham Sutcliffe
    12/12/19

    Amazing ,Loue (mechanic) kindly pushed my car around to their service area( broken down on way ) for checking to why not starting ?
    The battery was the fault he ordered a new one and fitted it at a reasonable price,Thankyou to the receptionist whom looked after me whilst waiting....
    A big Thankyou to Loue ๐Ÿ˜Š

    lynne frodsham Avatar
    lynne frodsham
    26/11/19

    I bought my new car, sale went through smoothly.

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    David Mckeown
    19/11/19
  • Took my car in at 9am as arranged for mot, it was done on time and whilst I waited was shown courtesy and politeness would not hesitate to recommend and I will definitely use again for my up coming service

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    kevan jones
    24/09/19

    I was very satisfied with the level of service I received last week from Lowton Motor Company. They traced a leak in my air conditioning unit, obtained a replacement radiator and topped up the gas within there estimated time scale and price

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    peter standing
    23/09/19

    Took my car in at 9am as arranged for mot, it was done on time and whilst I waited was shown courtesy and politeness would not hesitate to recommend and I will definitely use again for my up coming service

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    kevan jones
    21/09/19
  • Taken my car here for a few years now for MOT always been friendly, super efficient and reasonable. Would happily recommend

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    tory bders
    11/08/19

    Unbelievable service from the guys at Lowton Motor Company. Special mention to Callum & Steve who dealt with my purchase. Inlove with the car and would highly advise anyone to buy from this garage. Thanks again.

    Kieran Sarsons Avatar
    Kieran Sarsons
    05/08/19

    Great service no problems โ˜บ๏ธ

    Jennifer Grundell Avatar
    Jennifer Grundell
    17/07/19
  • Have used Lowton Motor Company for a few years now for MOT and repairs and always found them to provide good service and very friendly have recommended them to a number of family members and they have also received the same quality service

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    Ian P
    10/05/19

    Very pleased with the level of service I received from lowton motors. I will definetly use them again.

    Jan Houghton Avatar
    Jan Houghton
    11/04/19

    No-nonsense MOT, in and out same day. All good.

    Duncan Corns Avatar
    Duncan Corns
    11/04/19
  • I needed a last minute MOT for my X6 4.0D and Rob on the garage MOT side of the business fitted me at the 11th hour.
    I have never used this business to service or MOT any of my vehicles but I would travel from my home in Crosby to obtain such a great, professional and helpful service.
    First Class - thanks Rob ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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    john quirk
    08/04/19

    I needed a last minute MOT for my X6 4.0D and Rob on the garage MOT side of the business fitted me at the 11th hour.
    I have never used this business to service or MOT any of my vehicles but I would travel from my home in Crosby to obtain such a great, professional and helpful service.
    First Class - thanks Rob ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    john quirk Avatar
    john quirk
    08/04/19

    Take your car there. Brilliant

    Martin Rose Avatar
    Martin Rose
    27/03/19
  • Absolutely brilliant, fantastic and friendly service. The prices are very competitive and the gentleman that looked after me Robert was very knowledgeable and helpful. They are a bit hidden away but definitely worth a look.

    Zain Ali Avatar
    Zain Ali
    22/07/18

    Great service provided for our company vehicles. Friendly team with good rates and quick turn round. Highly recommended.

    amanda hancock Avatar
    amanda hancock
    15/06/18

    Excellent friendly service. Urgently needed an mot but had to work. Gave me use of a courtesy car on the spot, picked it back up after work. Would definitely use again. Top notch.

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    isabelle Bear
    15/05/18
  • Had my car serviced and mot'd here yesterday after a friend recommended....very happy with the service I received and I would highly recommend

    Thanks lads

    Grant Whittle Avatar
    Grant Whittle
    15/05/18

    Great choice of cars and friendly service.

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    mat mackrael
    07/01/18

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