Thinking about booking an MOT and Service for your car?
Have you ever wondered exactly what gets checked when your vehicle is examined for its car MOT (Ministry of Transport) Test?
As you probably know, if you are looking for an MOT Stockport, the MOT test is an annual test required by law for cars and light commercial vehicles over three years old which are driven on public roads. The MOT Test scheme is administered and test certificates are issued by VOSA (the Vehicle & Operator Services Agency) on behalf of the Secretary of State. The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards. Most people book an MOT and service at the same time thus taking the opportunity to have their entire vehicle checked over at least once a year.
If your MOT has run out then you cannot drive your vehicle on a public road until it has passed the test and you can be prosecuted if you are caught driving a vehicle with an expired MOT certificate. The only exception is when you are driving to a test centre for a pre-booked test.
An MOT Pass does not give any guarantee as to the general mechanical condition of the vehicle. This is why many people plump for an MOT and service so that parts of the vehicle which are not tested such as the engine, clutch and gearbox can be examined as part of car servicing Stockport and any problems dealt with.
So what is examined in an MOT Test in the UK?
A car MOT looks at the following items to see if they meet the key legal minimum requirements at the time of the test.
Vehicle doors, vehicle mirrors, load security (the boot or tailgate), efficiency test of brakes, tyres and wheels (condition, security, tread depth – spare tyres are not inspected), registration plates (condition, security, colour, characters correctly formed and spaced), lights (condition and operation), bonnet (needs to latch securely in the closed position), windscreen wipers/washers (need to operate effectively in order to give the driver a clear view ahead), windscreen (condition and driver’s view of the road), horn (operation and suitability), steering and suspension (condition and operation), vehicle identification number (should be present on vehicles first used on or after 1 -8- 80), condition of visible electrical wiring/battery and exhaust emissions.
This is a brief description of the items examined and more detail can be obtained, if you are interested, on the Department for Transport website on the page ‘Your Car and the MOT’.
MOT test stations, like our Hallmark VOLVO MOT Stockport Test Station, have designated test bays where we conduct the MOT and service using a range of equipment which meets the required specification for MOT testing. The standard test procedures are laid out in an inspection manual which the test station should make available on request. If your vehicle has failed the test, you will be given a failure document with reference to this manual. You should be able to watch the test from a designated viewing area but you are not allowed to interrupt the tester while he is working. All MOT testers have to complete a training course with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and their test standards are regularly checked.
If you want an MOT and Service in the Manchester or Cheshire area then HallmarkVOLVO can provide these motor services. Our MOT Stockport Testing Station uses approved equipment and carries out the car MOT test to a set of standards laid down by the Department for Transport (DfT).
We are Volvo specialists but we can carry out an MOT and Service for any make or model of vehicle. We can diagnose faults in your vehicle using car diagnostics software and we are also tyre specialists and can provide and fit tyres for many makes and models of cars.