During an MOT Test, the examiner will check many areas of the vehicle, including bodywork, emissions and safety features, the test ensures that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards. Below are the main areas that are covered:

Lighting and Signalling Equipment (Inc fog lamps & reversing lights)

All electrics in your car are checked to ensure there is no damaged wiring and the battery is not flat. All of your vehicle lights will be tested to ensure the bulbs work and that they are clean and visible.


Your steering oil will be checked as will the steering lock mechanism. They will ensure that there have been no inappropriate modifications to the power steering pipes or hoses.


The brakes are an essential part of your car’s safety, so they will be thoroughly checked. The mechanic will test their condition, operation, performance and the anti-lock braking system.

Tyres and Road Wheels

Seat Belts

We all know how important the seatbelts in our cars are, so of course, they are part of the MOT test. They will be inspected to ensure they are in good condition and working order, that they are attached securely, and that they are the correct ones for the vehicle.

Body, Structure and General Items

The car’s body will be inspected to ensure that the car is free from corrosion or damage and that there are no sharp edges that are likely to cause an injury.

Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions

In the exhaust emissions test, the gases that your car releases through the exhaust. A probe is placed in the tailpipe which measures the amounts of four gases: oxygen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons. Then with a calculation, the mechanic will work out the measurement of the combustion efficiency of an engine.

Driver’s View of the Road

Your windscreen will be checked for damages and chips, as will your windscreen wipers. Your screen wash levels will be checked because it is one of the easiest fixes and can save you serious time and money!


Noise Suppression Material

Undertray Security

Emission Control Equipment

Engine Malfunction Indicator Lamp

Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) Tampering

Some diesel cars are fitted with DPFs (those that are tested for during an emissions test) and keeps soot away from the environment. It is illegal to remove the DPF from your car, so the mechanics will check to ensure it is still there.

Fluid leaks – Engine, Transmission and so on

Your car will be checked for leaks and contaminations of all kinds of fluids; coolant, AdBlue, oils, lubricants – a leak is usually bad news, so this is checked for.

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