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Understanding MOT tests

An MOT (Ministry of Transport) test is a mandatory examination conducted annually for vehicles over three years old in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and four years in Northern Ireland. The test ensures that vehicles meet specific safety and environmental standards, essential for them to be deemed roadworthy and legally drivable on UK roads.

What does our MOT history check provide?

Our free initial reports provide the following:

  • MOT status of a vehicle
  • Confirming if the vehicle has a valid MOT or not
  • MOT test certificate expiry date
  • Previous MOT history
  • Mileage history recorded at the time of the MOT test
  • Advisory notes provided by the garages that have carried out the MOT. Covering minor issues that have been highlighted to the owner.
  • Failure notes, confirming why the vehicle failed the MOT.

This information assists in understanding a vehicle's usage, health, and potential repair costs in the future.

Insights from a vehicle's MOT history check

Exploring a vehicle's MOT history provides valuable insights into its past. It reveals if the vehicle failed its MOT and the reasons behind it, along with any issues requiring attention. These issues, termed "advisories" or "minor defects," offer critical information for potential buyers. Additionally, an MOT certificate includes odometer readings recorded during testing, aiding in tracking the vehicle's usage over time.

What does an MOT check?

The MOT test covers a wide range of crucial checks, including:

  1. Vehicle Identification: The vehicle's registration plate, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), and engine number are checked for accuracy and legibility.
  2. Lights and Signals: All lights, including headlights, indicators, brake lights, and hazard lights, are inspected to ensure they are functioning correctly.
  3. Steering and Suspension: The steering mechanism and suspension components are examined for wear, damage, and proper functionality.
  4. Brakes: Brake systems, including pads, discs, drums, and hydraulic components, undergo thorough inspection to ensure effective operation.
  5. Tyres and Wheels: Tyres are inspected for tread depth, condition, and appropriate inflation pressure. Wheel condition and alignment are also checked for safety.
  6. Seat Belts: Seat belts are examined for damage, proper function, and secure attachment points.
  7. Bodywork and Structure: The vehicle's bodywork and structure are inspected for damage, corrosion, and structural integrity.
  8. Exhaust Emissions: Exhaust emissions are tested to ensure compliance with environmental regulations, including checking for excessive smoke and emissions.
  9. Fuel System: The fuel system, including fuel lines, tanks, and caps, is examined for leaks and proper sealing.
  10. Mirrors and Wipers: Rear-view mirrors, side mirrors, and windscreen wipers are checked for visibility and functionality.
  11. Vehicle Interior: Interior components, such as dashboard warning lights, horn operation, and driver's view of the road, are inspected for compliance.

Common reasons for MOT failure

Since May 2018, MOT failures are categorised as either "Major" or "Dangerous." Examples include tires with low tread, defective brakes, or malfunctioning lights, all of which pose safety hazards during daily driving. For more details, visit the DVSA’s blog

Approximately one-third of vehicles fail their initial MOT test, commonly due to issues like malfunctioning lights, worn brakes, and insufficient tyre tread.

The cost of MOT tests

MOT test costs can vary depending on the garage or testing centre you choose. However, there are regulations in place governing the maximum fees garages can charge. The maximum fee for a car MOT test is currently £54.85.

Penalties for MOT non-compliance

Driving without a valid MOT certificate is illegal and can result in fines of up to £1,000, along with penalty points on the driver's licence of the vehicle’s registered keeper.

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What do we check?

50+ checks are performed including:

  • Stolen check (Police & insurance)
  • Written off vehicle check
  • Outstanding Finance check
  • MOT history records
  • All plate changes
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