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Book your vehicle in for an MOT

Book an MOT with Swansway Motor Group

An MOT test is an annual inspection that is required by law on all vehicles in the UK that are older than 3 years. The test follows strict criteria that is set out by the DVSA to determine whether your car is fit for purpose and roadworthy.

During the MOT test, a technician will assess your vehicle, will conduct a comprehensive inspection to ensure the vehicle is in roadworthy condition. However, it is not the same as having your vehicle serviced and the MOT test does not check the general mechanical condition of the vehicle.

If the vehicle passes, the tester will provide you with a pass certificate. They will also separately list and inform you of any 'advisory' or 'minor' items that will require attention in the near future so you can keep an eye on them. If the vehicle fails, you may be entitled to a free re-test.

Around 1.5 million vehicles fail their MOT due to simple faults such as faulty bulbs or empty screen washer fluid. It's possible to anticipate most of these issues before your MOT is due, with a few simple checks:

  • Headlights and Indicators - Make sure all of your car lights work properly. This includes headlights, sidelights, rear lights, hazard lights and indicators.
  • Brake Lights - Press the brake pedal and ask a friend to check that the rear brake lights illuminate.
  • Number plate - Make sure that the number plate is clean and legible to people reading it.
  • Wheels and tyres - Check that wheels and tyres aren’t damaged and above the minimum legal tyre tread depth, 1.6mm.
  • Seats and Seatbelts - Test the movement of the seat and inspect the seatbelt's full length for damage.
  • Windscreen - Look out for stone chips and cracks on the screen. Any damage larger than 40mm will result in an immediate fail.
  • Wipers - Make sure your wipers don’t have any tears or holes in the wiper rubber. This can cause an MOT fail.
  • Screenwash - Make sure to Top up before taking the car in for an MOT test
  • Horn - Give a short blast of the horn to make sure its working should you need it in an emergency
  • Engine fluid and fuel - Ensure that your vehicle is filled with enough fuel and engine oil.
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MOT FAQs​

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An MOT test is an annual inspection that is required by law on all vehicles in the UK that are older than 3 years. The test follows strict criteria that is set out by the DVSA to determine whether your car is fit for purpose and in roadworthy condition.

A broad range of vehicle safety checks must be completed by an MOT garage with DVSA-approved examiners, including lights, tyres, seatbelts and emissions.

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