mot-testingIf your car is three years old then it will need to go in for an MOT test, but what does this actually mean?

What is an MOT?

Named after the Ministry of Transport (now called the Department for Transport), it is an annual test to check that the vehicle is road worthy.  The MOT test is a checklist of minimum environmental and road safety standards as set out by the government.

What happens in an MOT?

Your vehicle will be tested in the following areas:

  • Vehicle Identification number
  • Registration number plate
  • Lighting and signalling equipment
  • Steering (including suspension)
  • Windscreen (including wipers and washers)
  • Horn
  • Brakes
  • Tyres and wheels
  • Seats and seat belts
  • Body, structure and general items
  • Exhaust, fuel and emissions
  • Driver’s view of the road

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How an MOT differs from a service?

You must note that the MOT only confirms that at the time of testing that the vehicle meets the minimum road safety and environment standards.  However it does not mean that the vehicle is roadworthy.

Think about it like this, on a scale of one to ten, a brand new car would be a ten.  After a few years, it would drop to an eight, however if it ever dropped down to a one, it would be scrap.  An MOT assures that the car is a minimum rating of two.  Focus on the advices given on your MOT paperwork and book your car in for a service to bring up the quality to a seven or eight again!

MOTs at Volante Garage Edmonton

All tests are completed by MOT testers nominated by VOSA (government-appointed Vehicle Operator Services Agency). .

We are a one-stop shop – if we discover any repairs that need doing, we contact you to explain what needs to be done before going ahead with it. You will not be charged a retest fee if the repairs are carried out by Volante.

We have a fully-equipped modern workshop with a fault diagnostic computer system, repair service and air conditioning recharge.

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