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Auto Repair Center | Stevenage Old Town

What is an MOT and what is Tested?

MOT Stands for Ministry of Transport. This was the government department responsible for checking vehicle roadworthiness when the test was introduced in 1960. Vehicles that are more than three years old are legally required to take an MOT and needs to be retested every year.

During an MOT the following areas are inspected:

  • Electrical equipment – including headlights, brake lights, indicators and fog lights.
  • Steering – including the strength and condition of the steering wheel.
  • Tyres – including tread depth and condition of the tyres.
  • Suspension – including shock absorbers and any corrosion and wear.
  • Brakes – including overall condition of pedals and brake efficiency.
  • Seat belts and seats
  • Exhaust and emissions – including checking for any leaks in the exhaust and fuel system
  • Mirrors, wipers and windscreen – including any damage to the windscreen and condition of the wiper blades
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VPN) – ensuring the vehicle displays its VPN is important

You can check the status of your MOT using our checker below.