A Complete Guide to Car MOT Testing

Marlow Motors Sutton

If you are the owner of a car in the UK, you should opt for MOT tests, also known as The Ministry of Transport Tests. MOT checks are essential to ensure the performance and roadworthiness of the vehicles. The mechanics check the fuel efficiency, exhaust emissions and safety levels to prevent accidents and breakdowns. You can do these checks at the garage in Sutton for efficient outcomes.

What is a MOT Test?

MOT tests are like annual vehicle testing, where the technicians perform car testing to see it meets the minimum standards laid out by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Authority (DVSA). Vehicles that are more than three years old have to undertake the test legally before driving a car. Once after passing the MOT test, you will receive a certificate of approval. It also comes with a date of expiry, so you have to renew the certificate again. UK lawsuit is extremely stringent when it comes to driving a car that is not roadworthy. Hence, having a valid certification is mandatory.

MOT certificates are necessary while buying, selling or transferring car ownerships. On the other hand, insurance companies can invalidate damage claims if the policyholder cannot produce solid proof of the vehicle’s roadworthiness. Hence to pass it, the vehicle should conform to a strict set of emissions and safety criteria matching all precise requirements.


What Does the MOT Test Cover? 

  • Steering
  • Exhaust and Fuel Emissions
  • Signalling and Lighting Equipment
  • Tires and Wheel
  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Seat Belts
  • Body Structure
  • Brakes, Doors and Tailgate
  • Tires and Wheel
  • Drivers Road Views
  • Body Structure
  • Registration Plates
  • Vehicle Identification Number


If the car fails in the MOT test, you have to take it for additional servicing and repairs.  


MOT Checklist  

  1. Number plate 

The number plate of the car is often highly overlooked. This element can make your car fail in the MOT test. Ensure that the number plate is of the right colour – black/white at the front, black and yellow at the rear to make it pass. The numbers should be visible, fully legible which no scratches or scrapes. The registration format must be correct. According to DVSA, the number plate characters should be of the right font, and the sizing of the plate should be appropriate.


  1. Lights and Indicators

This part checks the car headlights, the smooth switching between dip and full beams, clear, unmarked lenses, etc. They also check the number plate lights, fog lamps, failures with non-flashing bulbs etc.


  1. Tyres

Appropriate tire tread depth is crucial for the car’s safety. Get it checked beforehand. For UK roads, the minimum average tread depth is 1.6mm.


  1. Windscreen Wipers

You should keep your windscreen wipers in good condition. They should be properly functioning, cleared of dirt, have no cracks on the blades etc. Do not forget to check the rear wipers.


  1. Seats and Seatbelts

Seatbelts save lives. They should properly expand, retract, and be in good working condition. See that the clip fastens properly.

For more information, consult Marlow Motors for their excellent range of garage services. They offer regular and interim services, ensuring that your car passes the MOT test without any hassle.