Will my car pass its MOT test?

Will your car pass its MOT? We have compiled a list of some of the elements that are checked as part of the MOT test! 

Did you know 30% of all MOT faults relate to lighting and signalling?* 

To pass the  MOT check the front, rear, brake, fog, indicator and registration plate lights and rear reflectors must: 

  • Be correctly positioned and secure
  • Not be obscured 
  • Be in good condition 
  • Show the correct colour 

Check before your test: before your MOT check, have someone walk round your vehicle to check each of the lights while you operate them from the drivers seat 

Did you know 9.6% of MOT fails are due to brake issues?*

The overall conditions of the brakes, pedals and levers are inspected, as well  as relevant warning lights. A brake performance test will be carried out to test brake efficiency 

Did you know 10% of all MOT faults are related to tyes?* 

The tyre must be of an appropriate speed and load rating for the vehicle. Tread depth must not be below the legal limit of 1.6mm, and tyres will be examined for cuts in excess of 25mm 

Did you know your registration plate must be clearly legible to someone standing 20 meters away?* 

A general inspection of the body, chassis, engine moutings, seats and doors will be made as part of your MOT checks. Every vehicle must permanently display a legible VIN and a speedometer must be fitted and able to illuminate in the dark. 

Did you know 6.6% of MOT fails are due to issues with the driver's view of the road?*

Rear view mirrors and wing mirrors must be secured and provide adequate views to the rear and side. Wipers and washers must sweep enough area to give the driver an adequate view of the road. The area of the windscreen directly in front of the driver must not have any damage or obstruction larger than 10mm

Nearly half of all faults found during an MOT test could be avoided by carrying out simple maintenance, so it's worthwhile checking items like lights, wiper blades and tyres beforehand so that your car has the best chance of passing first time.  Ready to book your MOT? Click here to check out our latest aftersales offers! 



*all figures courtesy of Halfords autocenter 

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