Every vehicle in the UK that is 3 years or older must be MOT tested annually, which ensures that the car is roadworthy, and if you are not sure what the test involves, here is a brief explanation of the MOT test.
- Steering and suspension – Both are checked to see they are working properly.
- Brakes and handbrake – The brakes are tested on a rolling bed, while the handbrake is checked manually. If you are looking for reliable MOTs in St. Albans, a Google search will help to locate an authorised garage.
- Windscreen, wipers and washers – All 3 will be checked to see they are in good condition, and make sure there is water in the washer bottle.
- Lights and indicators – The front and rear lights will be checked, as are the indicators, the brake lights, and also the small lights that illuminate the registration plate.
- Seat Belts and Horn – Both are checked and should be in good working order.
- Tyres – The minimum tread depth is 1.6mm and the tyre walls are examined for bulges and tears.
- Bodywork inspection – The body will be inspected for excessive rust and any sharp objects that might pose a risk to pedestrians.
The vehicle must be tested by an authorised technician, and should the car fail, you are allowed 7 days to have the repairs made and you will not be charged for the second test. It is always a good idea to check all of the above prior to booking the car in for the MOT test.