MOT tests and the Law
Everyone who uses a vehicle on the road must keep it in a roadworthy condition. The MOT test checks that vehicles meet road safety and environmental standards. The first MOT test for a vehicle is required when it’s three years old. There are different rules if it’s used as a taxi.
The MOT certificate
The MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test, without dismantling it, the vehicle met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. It doesn’t mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the length of time the certificate is valid. The MOT certificate is also no guarantee of the general mechanical condition of your vehicle. The test doesn’t cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.
What the MOT test includes
The MOT looks at some important items on your car to see that they meet key legal requirements at the time of test.
The body and vehicle structure
Is free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas and there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury.
The fuel System
Has no leaks and the fuel cap fastens and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened so be sure the key is available.
The exhaust emissions
The vehicle meets the requirements for exhaust emissions, dependant on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.
The exhaust system
Is secure, complete, without serious leaks and silences effectively.
The seat belts
All belts installed are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seat belts must be in place.
The front seats are secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position.
Latch securely in closed position. Front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items.
The minimum numbers are on the vehicle, their condition and security.
Boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.
Their condition, operation and performance (efficiency test). Note the removal of the road wheels is not part of the test.
The tyres and wheels
Their condition, security, size, type and tread depth. Spare tyres are not inspected.
The registration plates
Their condition, security, characters correctly formed and spaced.
Their condition, operation and security. Headlamps for aim.
Securely latches in the closed position.
The wipers and washers
Operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.
Its condition and the driver’s view of the road.
Operates correctly and is of a suitable type.
The steering and suspension
Are of a satisfactory condition and operation.
The vehicle identification number (VIN)
Is on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. Not more than one different VIN is displayed except on multistage build vehicles.
Book your MOT with Cory’s Car Repairs
Just because your car has passed an MOT it does not necessarily mean it is roadworthy, or safe and it certainly does not mean it has been serviced. The MOT test is merely a ‘snapshot’ of the condition of your vehicle at the time of the test.
Here at Cory’s Car Repairs, we offer a comprehensive MOT package which includes the following:
- Free collection and delivery of your vehicle (within Rugby)
- Pre-MOT Inspection
- A report detailing any work needed to pass an MOT
- Pre-MOT Service
- MOT test booking at a local MOT Testing Station
- VIP Queue jump for MOT booking allowing same-day MOTs
- Post-MOT repairs
- Cory’s Cast Iron MOT Guarantee
Cory’s Cast Iron MOT Guarantee
“Cory’s Car Repairs will pay for the MOT retest fee if your vehicle was to fail again for the same issue if we carry out the repair.”
Please Note: We are not an MOT Testing Station. We book your MOT through a local MOT Testing Station and carry out any repairs necessary before and/or after your MOT.
We book your MOT with a local MOT Testing Station and deliver and collect the vehicle from their premises.
VIP MOT Queue Jumping
Because of the relationship we have with our local MOT Testing Station, we can usually get you an MOT booking, same-day. This effectively allows you to ‘queue jump’ the usual waiting times at the MOT Testing Station.
If your car or light commercial vehicle should fail its MOT, we can carry out any repairs necessary. ( See Cory’s Cast Iron MOT Guarantee above)
Free Collection and Delivery
We can collect and delivery your vehicle within Rugby – free of charge. Call 01788 540776 or Contact Us to book.
Free MOT Reminder Service
When your car’s MOT is due, we can send you a reminder by email or SMS text message. This service is free to all customers. Our system is automated so you need never forget that your MOT is due again. Just ask at reception or give us a call for more details.