Garages that perform MOT fall under the banner of motor trade business. Because in Great Britain, the onus for such testing falls on private garages, having a motor trade cover is all the insurance required for a garage to qualify for MOT testing (there are requirements other than insurance though). Now for you, it is not important knowing which garage has the right pre-requisite to get your car tested with, what you need to know is what exactly goes on at such tests and whether your car will pass it.
You will also need to ensure that all of your vehicles have a current MOT, especially if they are on a motor traders insurance policy.
For starters, nearly 50% of all faults found during a MOT test and the reason for failing them comes down to the lack of simple maintenance. Check your wiper blades, tyres, lights, and a few other basic things before you apply for a MOT and find out that a few quid could have saved you the embarrassment and money on a second retest!
Here’s a simple list of things that are tested and you too can check beforehand.
- The indicator, registration plate lights, fog lights, rear and front brakes plus rear reflectors must all be secure and correctly positioned. They should be in ideal condition and never obscured from view. Additionally, they should have the correct colour tinge to begin with.
- Coming to the headlights, they must emit the same light colour, size and also the shape. Moreover, they should always have the main beam and dip beam below a horizontal so as not to fall on the eyes of other drivers.
- The Horn should not be loud enough to irritate but is should have a uniform note and audible to incoming drivers.
- Battery should be secure and have no leakage. All wiring too should be intact
- Any vehicle with a towbar will have its electrical socket tested to find out if all lights fire up properly.
- Vehicles with power steering should have the minimum level of steering fluid in the reservoir.
- Same goes for all other forms of liquids as above.
- Tyre tread should still be present or in other words, the tyres should still have some more life left in them during the tests. You can use a 20 pence coin and see if the tread depth is at least 1.6mm.
- Suspension components should be capable enough to handle shocks and not be corroded. Same goes for the brakes.
These tests can be done by you before MOT certification to ensure that at least you do not fail because of a silly error here.