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What Do We Check In An MOT test?

At Swansway Group, it's our priority to keep our customers safe on the roads.

That's why each of our dealerships located across the UK all offer MOT bookings, all performed by our team of manufacturer trained Technicians.

But what is it that we're actually checking?

Below we have the main elements of the MOT test, and did you know that almost half of all faults found on MOTs could be avoided by carrying out simple maintenance yourself?

A few basic and regular checks can keep your vehicle performing at its best, from topping up your engine oil and replacing your light bulbs. But when it comes to the all important MOT test itself, here's what we check:

Vehicle Identification Number

The VIN is a unique code including a serial number that is stamped on the vehicle.

The MOT test checks that the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is present and legibly displayed on the vehicle, and as the location of the VIN varies from one vehicle manufacturer to the next, our Technicians check this location and that the number is clear and valid.

Registration plate

We will check the condition, security, legibility and the format of letters and numbers on your registration plate.

The spacing and lettering on the number plate must meet current regulations and should not be altered in any way - this includes private registration plates too.

Wipers and washer bottle

We will also check your vehicle's wipers and washers ensuring they operate properly and give you a clear view of the road while driving.

We will also check that the wipers are fitted securely and do not need replacing.


For lights, we will check the condition, operation, security and colour of your vehicles lights. We will also check to see if the headlamp aim is correct as well as any interior lights.

Steering and suspension

We will check the steering and suspension components for where and play. We will also check your wheel alignment for correct tracking.


As we check your windscreen we will be looking for any chips or cracks. The maximum damage size is 10mm in the drivers’ line of vision, or 40mm elsewhere in the remaining area swept by the wiper blades.


A general overview of the horn’s operation and suitability.


All seat belts including the rear of the vehicle are checked for type, condition, correct operation and security. We will ensure that all compulsory seatbelts are in place and working securely.


While checking belts, we will also check over the safety of the front and rear seats.

Fuel system

The fuel system is checked during the MOT test for leaks and that the fuel cap fastens and seals securely.


The MOT test checks your exhaust emissions, ensuring that the vehicle is within the specified guidelines and that the exhaust is complete, secure, without serious leaks and silences effectively.


Vehicle structure and the body shell are checked during the MOT test for excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas of the vehicle. Any sharp edge can result in an MOT failure


When checking doors, we will see if they open and close correctly and that the latch is secure in a closed position. Front doors should open from both the inside and outside of the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items like rear seatbelts.


The mirrors on your vehicle are checked during the MOT test for condition and security.

Wheels and tyres

We will check the vehicle's wheels and tyres for the condition, security, tyre size and type and tread depth.


We will also check the efficiency of the vehicle's braking performance, condition and operation. Most vehicles are tested on a roller brake tester by our Technicians.