Every motor vehicle that is 3 years and older must by law, be tested for roadworthiness. This test is called the MOT test and only approved garages can carry out such services, which involves a thorough examination of the vehicle. If your car is due for the MOT test, here are the main aspects to check before booking your car for an MOT test in Glasgow.
- Steering & Brakes – The car is put on a rolling road and the brakes are tested for efficiency, while the handbrake is checked for correct tension. The shock absorbers must also be in good working order.
- Lights – A comprehensive check of: headlights, rear lights, brake lights, reversing lights, rear reflectors, indicators, hazard warning lights and the small lights that illuminate the registration plate.
- Windscreen, wipers and washers – The windscreen must have no cracks or splits, while the wiper blades must be in good working order, and the washer bottle must contain water.
- Tyres – The minimum tread depth is 1.6mm and the tyre walls are checked for tears and bulges.
- Bodywork – The vehicle bodywork is inspected for signs of rust and sharp metal edges that might be a danger to pedestrians.
- Seatbelts – The seatbelts are inspected for wear and tear and correct deployment, and damaged webbing might cause the vehicle to fail.
This annual test is very thorough and you are advised to have all of the above inspected prior to booking the car in for the MOT test. If the car fails the test, you have 7 days in which to carry out the repairs, then the vehicle can be retested free of charge.