Although they are obviously aware that any vehicle must have a valid MOT certificate in order to legally travel on UK roads, many people don’t understand the full extent of what this means or what exactly is checked on their MOT.
The MOT certificate
The MOT certificate must be given at the end of a successful MOT test as it is an indication that at the time of the test, the vehicle in question was found to have the minimum expected standards which are required by law.
Although the test is extremely thorough, it doesn’t cover every single aspect of the car and should not be given as an indication of the working ability of the vehicle. In the event that further evidence of the condition of a car is required then further tests can be carried out at the same time as MOT Watford.
The first thing to be tested is the body and structure of the vehicle. This is done with the intention of ensuring that there is no corrosion or damage, no sharp edges, no evidence of poor quality repairs and that the speedometer is in good working order.
The working of the fuel system is then thoroughly tested to ensure that there are no leaks and to confirm good condition in pipes and hoses. UK vehicles have to have certain standards for emissions and so these are tested along with the exhaust system.
Seats and seatbelts, as well as airbags, are also tested to ensure the safety of the driver and all passengers. The correct locking of all doors, the positioning and function of all mirrors are also thoroughly inspected to ensure safety.
The brakes are of course a vital concern when it comes to safety and these are extensively tested to rule out any poor repair or excessive wear and tear. The same applies for the wheels and tyres and those which are found to be overworn must be replaced.
All lights, including headlights, fog, parking, reverse and hazard lights are tested for their abilities together with the registration plates and the windscreen.
There are of course minimum standards for every aspect of the MOT test.
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