An MOT (Ministry of Transport) is an inspection that tests a vehicle’s roadworthiness. It’s been in operation since 1960 and it checks a range of car components, including brakes, exhaust, fuel system, seatbelts, lights and windscreen wipers. Exhaust emissions are tested too where applicable. However, the condition of a car’s engine, gearbox and clutch are not checked.
Your vehicle needs to be submitted for an MOT when it reaches the third anniversary of its registration, and every year thereafter.
Book your Renault car in for an MOT today at one of our Renault dealerships.
Roughly 20% of vehicles fail their MOT each year, often due to issues which could easily have been remedied beforehand. Here are a few things you should check before your next MOT.
1. Headlights and indicators
Test your vehicle’s headlights, sidelights, taillights, hazard lights and indicators to make sure they’re fully functioning.
2. Brake lights
You can do this yourself with the aid of a carefully positioned reflective surface, or you can ask a friend to help you check. Simply press the brake pedal and confirm whether the lights come on.
3. Number plates
Both number plates should be clean and legible. Also, the font and letter spacings need to comply with MOT regulations.
4. Wheels and tyres
Check to see that all wheels and tyres are undamaged. Also, make sure your tyres meet the minimum legal tyre tread depth (1.6mm across the middle third of the tyre).
5. Seats and seatbelts
Test the driver’s seat to check that it adjusts as it should (forward, upwards, etc.). Where applicable, check all other seats to see that they move correctly, and inspect the full length of each seatbelt for any signs of damages. Then, tug sharply on each seatbelt to see how it might react under severe braking conditions.
Sit in the driver’s seat to check that if you can see clearly through the windscreen. Look for any sizeable defects (cracks or chips). Any that measure 10mm or more could result in a failed MOT.
7. Windscreen wipers
Test your windscreen wipers to make sure they function correctly and check for any damage to the rubber which might result in an MOT fail.
8. Screen wash
Even something as innocuous as an empty screenwash container could cause an MOT failure.
Test the horn. If it doesn’t work, be sure to get it fixed as soon as possible.
10. Fuel and engine oil
Fuel-powered vehicles only: make sure there’s enough fuel in the tank (to test emission levels, for instance) – and make sure you top up the engine oil.
If you have any queries regarding MOTs, please take a look at our frequently asked questions below.
Almost certainly – the majority of cars require an annual MOT if they’re older than three years.
Driving with an expired MOT could lead to a fine of up to £1,000 (and as much as £2,500 if you’re caught driving dangerously). Don’t risk it – book an MOT with your nearest Renault Retail Group branch today. You’ll find us in Bolton, Cardiff, Croydon, Enfield, Liverpool, Manchester, Orpington, Romford, Staples Corner (Brent Cross), Swansea, Watford and Wirral. We also have a Van Centre in Hayes.
Usually between 45 and 60 minutes.
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