MOT Cars

The Driver And Vehicle Standards Agency (D.V.S.A) is the Government agency responsible for supervising the MOT scheme and authorising MOT test stations and approving MOT testers, A T Motors are Licensed by D.V.S.A

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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.


Why must vehicles be tested?

It is an offence to use a vehicle of testable age on a public road that doesn’t have a current test certificate

How do I apply and what does it cost?

You can book a test by phone or online.

How do I prepare for the test?
Your vehicle should be road worthy with all the equipment working correctly, therefore it is advisable to have your vehicle checked by a mechanic before you bring it for a test.



Who carries out the test?
MOT tests are carried out by vehicle test examiners employed by AT Motors  who are fully qualified mechanics.  They must have obtained relevant qualifications (or their equivalent) prior to their appointment:

What gets checked in a car MOT test?

The MOT consists of over 150 individual checks.

The main categories are:

for cars…

Vehicle identification number – a vehicle identification number must be permanently displayed and legible on a vehicle first used on or after 1 August 1980

Registration plate – condition, security, legibility and format of letters/numbers

Lights – condition, operation, security and correct colour. The headlamps will also be checked to see if the aim is correct

Steering and suspension – correct condition and operation

Wipers and washers – operate to give the driver a clear view of the road

Windscreen – condition and drivers view of the road

Horn – correct operation and type

Seatbelts – all seatbelts installed are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seatbelts must be in place

Seats – front seats secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position

Fuel system – no leaks, fuel cap fastens correctly and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened. Make sure the key is available

Exhaust emissions – vehicle meets the requirement for exhaust emission. These vary on the age and fuel type of the vehicle

Exhaust system – complete, secure, without serious leaks and silences effectively

Vehicle structure – free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas. No sharp edges

Doors – open and close. 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

Mirrors – presence, condition and security

Wheels and tyres – condition, security, tyre size and type, and tread depth. Spare tyres are not tested

Brakes – condition, operation and performance (efficiency test). Suitable vehicles will be tested on a roller brake tester. Vehicles such as those with permanent 4-wheel drive will be tested either on a suitable road using a properly calibrated and maintained decelerometer or, if one is installed at the test station, a plate brake tester

What happens if my vehicle fails an MOT test?
If your vehicle does not pass the MOT test the examiner will give you a record sheet containing details of the faults which will have to be repaired for the retest.



Your Options are
You can have AT Motors carry out the repairs or you can take it to another garage of your choice

 You can book a retest with AT Motors, which is FREE as long as the vehicle is retested within 10 working days

If Your car fails an MOT are more than happy to carry out any repairs to your car if asked.