If your new car is 3 years old, you are obliged to have it tested by the Ministry of Transport, so as to assess its condition and roadworthiness. This test is better known as the MOT test and is something that many car owners dread, thinking their cars will not pass it.
This test is usually carried out at one of many certified testing centers, where specialized equipment is used to check a variety of car parts, exhaust emissions, as well as safety features. Keep in mind that the test is required by the law, and the Post Office, once you buy your tax disc. Although the test checks the majority of car parts, it does not cover the gearbox, the clutch, and the engine. If you want to check these parts too, you should combine the MOT test with a full car inspection service.
If your car successfully passes the test, you will be given a MOT certificate, which will prove that your vehicle was roadworthy at the time the test was performed. However, it will not guarantee the condition of your car by the time of the next scheduled test.
A detailed list of car parts checked the MOT test
– Fuel system, exhaust system, and the exhaust emissions
– Body and vehicle structure
– Seats and seat belts
– Mirrors and doors
– Tires, wheels, and brakes
– Bonnet, lights, wipers, and washers
– Registration plates and vehicle identification number
– Suspension and steering
– Load security
Registered testing centers
To test these and other features of your car, you can take it to a registered test center, such as the MOT Llandudno, which possesses all the certified equipment necessary to properly carry out the test. There are thousands of such centers in the country, so make sure to choose the right one.
The cost of the MOT test for cars is quite affordable, with motorcycle tests being even cheaper. The majority of testing centers are also known to offer a wide range of package choices that involve the MOT test, as well as full inspection services. Keep in mind that these packages will cost you less than separate services combined.
As we’ve said, the MOT is required if your car is 3 years old. Therefore, if you are planning to buy a used car, you need to make sure to get the MOT certificate and details since it will require the MOT on an annual basis. For that matter, don’t forget to check a vehicle’s MOT history before buying it. Also, keep in mind that passenger vehicles, taxis, and ambulance vehicles with 9 or more seats will need to take a test one year after being registered.
Failing the test
Failing to obtain a MOT certificate can have a number of implications. You can be stopped by the police at any time and asked to provide the certificate. The police will also check online MOT results databases, so as to check whether your car has passed the test. Even though the financial penalties are not drastic, they will still make a dent in your budget.
If your car fails the test, you can have it tested again. In this case, you should re-test it at the same center. However, before you do that, make sure to check the center’s re-testing cost and policy.…