What is MOT?
An MOT test is a set of standard checks carried out to ensure your vehicle meets basic safety requirements to remain roadworthy.
It is required for all vehicles over 3 years old.
Once a vehicle is over 3 years old, it is a legal requirement that an MOT test is carried out once a year. It is very important to have a valid MOT certificate, as without one your vehicle tax and insurance may become invalidated.
For more information – go to the official UK Government website via the following link: gov.uk/getting-an-mot/the-mot-test
Why does my car need a service every year?
Having your car regularly serviced keeps it safe for you and for other road users. It also helps improve your vehicle’s performance, boosts fuel economy, extends your vehicle’s life and helps to prevent breakdowns. MOT Testing.
Most cars need a service at least once a year depending on the recommended mileage in the service handbook, age of car and usage.
ALEXANDRA MOTORS provide both a full and an interim service.
To decide which you require, please call us on 01843 29 55 02 and we will be happy to discuss your needs.
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Frequently Asked Questions about MOT
Vehicles up to 3 years old
You can find out the exact date your MOT is due by checking your vehicle registration document (V5C document). The date the vehicle was first registered is the date the MOT is due, but 3 years later. For example, if your vehicle was first registered on 1st September 2013, the vehicle’s first MOT test will be due by 1st September 2016.
Vehicles over 3 years old
You can check the expiry date of your current MOT by checking your last MOT certificate (VT20 certificate).
The DVLA have an excellent online service to find out when your vehicle’s MOT is due. All you need to do is enter your registration number and the make of your vehicle on this website.
You can book your MOT up to 1 month before the expiration of your current certificate. The expiration date of your current MOT will still be preserved. For example, if your MOT is due on 31st March but your MOT is carried out on 1st April, then your next MOT will still be due on 31st March the following year.
The main components of an MOT test with us are:
The overall condition and safety of your vehicle’s battery will be checked.
The vehicle bodywork and structure is checked for any excessive corrosion and sharp edges that may potentially cause harm.
The overall brake condition will be checked. Performance and operation tests will be also be carried out to test overall braking efficiency.
All doors will be tested to make sure they open and close securely and can be safely opened from both inside and outside.
Exhaust emission levels are measured to ensure they fall within specific emission guidelines.
The exhaust is inspected to make sure it is securely fixed and that there are no leaks.
The fuel system is inspected to check for any leaks. The tank fuel cap is tested to make sure it operates correctly and fastens securely.
The operation and efficiency of your vehicle’s horn will be tested.
Lights need to show the correct colour, aim in the correct position, function correctly and be in generally good condition.
The position and condition of all mirrors are checked. Mirrors need to provide sufficient views to the sides and rear of the vehicle.
The registration plates will be checked to ensure they are securely fixed, in good condition and the characters are clearly legible from a minimum of 20 metres.
The security and fixings of the front seats is checked.
The condition and security of seatbelts are checked with an operational test.
Steering components will be inspected for any sign of wear or damage.
The condition of the suspension components will be checked for any fractures and corrosion. Operational checks will be carried out to check for any distortion.
Wheels and Tyres
We will check that your vehicle’s tyres meet the speed and load rating requirements for the vehicle. We inspect the tread depth of each tyre (1.6mm legal limit) and check for any damage such as bulges or tears.
Wheels will be inspected to make sure they are the correct size and in generally good condition.
The windscreen is tested for any chips and cracks that could affect safety, vision and security.
Windscreen wWipers need to operate correctly and cover enough of the screen so that driver’s vision is sufficient.
The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is checked to make sure it is clearly displayed on the body or chassis.
For full information on the test, download the VOSA MOT Testing Guide – simply click here to download the MOT Testing Guide.
Checks you can make before your MOT
It is a good idea to check certain components, such as tyres and lights, on a regular basis and particularly before your MOT to give your vehicle the best chance of passing.
We won’t proceed with any work to resolve your vehicle failing its MOT without your permission.
In the unlikely event that your vehicle fails, you will be informed of the repairs and costs required to pass a re-test. You can then decide if you would like Motorparks to continue with the repairs on the same day where possible.
If you have booked your MOT in advance and it fails, you are still legally allowed to drive your vehicle until the MOT expires. However, we would always advise you have your vehicle repaired for safety reasons before you drive away.
Most MOT centres offer a free re-test, providing the vehicle is returned within 1 working day. At Motorparks, we are prepared to offer a free re-test for up to 14 working days from the date of the completed but failed test.