What Does An MOT Cover?

All vehicles aged above three years are legally required to get a yearly MOT test.

What is an MOT and what is covered?

An MOT test confirms if the vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards. All MOT tests are carried out at authorised test centres, all of which display an official blue sign featuring three white triangles. A variety of tests will be taken out on the vehicle. These include:

  • Seat Belts
  • Brakes
  • Drivers view of the road – all mirrors and windscreen are included in this
  • Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
  • Suspension and steering
  • Wheels and tyres
  • Exhaust, fuel and emissions

How long is an MOT test?

MOT tests can take from anywhere between 45 – 60 minutes. However, if your vehicle fails its MOT then this will take longer, as a vehicle is only legal to drive on the road once it has passed the MOT. If there are any issues that need fixing then these will also need to be resolved. Nevertheless, test centres will always contact you with updates on your MOT test and when to collect your vehicle.

What happens if a vehicle fails its MOT test?

If your vehicle fails it’s MOT you will be informed before collecting the car. The garage will advise you on any repairs and maintenance that needs to be repaired to bring it up to performance. If for any reason you want to book your car in to a different garage to get the faults repaired, you can only drive the car under three conditions, which are:

  • If you are going to a garage for repairs
  • If you are travelling to an MOT test centre for a retest
  • If your previous MOT test is still valid and there are no “dangerous” problems. However, any issues will still need to be repaired.

Why Is Engine Coolant Important – https://autoserveclub.co.uk/blog/why-is-engine-coolant-important/

Ten Ways To Decisively Reduce Your Motoring Costs – https://autoserveclub.co.uk/blog/ten-ways-to-decisively-reduce-your-motoring-costs/

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