Answers to many questions regarding our MOT Service

Our MOT FAQs page here at Barming Motor Company includes the answers to many questions that we often receive concerning this important annual check of your vehicle. If you still have a query after reading through the below details, please contact us on (01622) 728712 or email and get your questions answered today.

What do we check during a MOT?

The main components of an MOT test with us are:

The overall condition and safety of your vehicle’s battery will be checked.

The vehicle bodywork and structure is checked for any excessive corrosion and sharp edges that may potentially cause harm.

The overall brake condition will be checked. Performance and operation tests will be also be carried out to test overall braking efficiency.

All doors will be tested to make sure they open and close securely and can be safely opened from both inside and outside.

Exhaust emission levels are measured to ensure they fall within specific emission guidelines.

The exhaust is inspected to make sure it is securely fixed and that there are no leaks.

Fuel System
The fuel system is inspected to check for any leaks. The tank fuel cap is tested to make sure it operates correctly and fastens securely.

The operation and efficiency of your vehicle’s horn will be tested.

Lights need to show the correct colour, aim in the correct position, function correctly and be in generally good condition.

The position and condition of all mirrors are checked. Mirrors need to provide sufficient views to the sides and rear of the vehicle.

Registration Plate
The registration plates will be checked to ensure they are securely fixed, in good condition and the characters are clearly legible from a minimum of 20 metres.

The security and fixings of the front seats is checked.

The condition and security of seatbelts are checked with an operational test.

Steering components will be inspected for any sign of wear or damage.

The condition of the suspension components will be checked for any fractures and corrosion. Operational checks will be carried out to check for any distortion.

Wheels and Tyres
We will check that your vehicle’s tyres meet the speed and load rating requirements for the vehicle. We inspect the tread depth of each tyre (1.6mm legal limit) and check for any damage such as bulges or tears.

Wheels will be inspected to make sure they are the correct size and in generally good condition.

The windscreen is tested for any chips and cracks that could affect safety, vision and security.

Windscreen Wipers
Windscreen Wipers need to operate correctly and cover enough of the screen so that driver’s vision is sufficient.

The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is checked to make sure it is clearly displayed on the body or chassis.

Further Information
For full information on the test, download the VOSA MOT Testing Guide – simply click here to download the MOT Testing Guide.

Checks you can make before your MOT
It is a good idea to check certain components, such as tyres and lights, on a regular basis and particularly before your MOT to give your vehicle the best chance of passing.


What happens if my vehicle fails its MOT?


We will not carry out any works on your vehicle without your prior permission and would contact you to discuss in the event that your vehicle failed.

In the unlikely event that your vehicle fails, you will be informed of the repairs and costs required to pass a re-test. You can then decide if you would like Barming Motor Company to continue with the repairs on the same day where possible.

If you have booked your MOT in advance and it fails, you are still legally allowed to drive your vehicle until the MOT expires. However, we would always advise you have your vehicle repaired for safety reasons before you drive away.

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