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Doing the MOT Test Inspection routine flawlessly

Doing the MOT Test Inspection routine flawlessly

MOT Testing centre will be issue a pass or failure document and a list of the problems that led the vehicle to fail the test. You may choose to discuss these issues with MOT Testers at that time and have the required repairs performed to ensure that your car is safe.

Pre MOT Checklist for Vehicle Owners

As a vehicle owner, you will not fix any serious issues with your vehicle if you are not a skilled technician. However, if the vehicle fails the test, even for a small problem, you may be forced to pay to have it retested. It is suggested that vehicle owners inspect and repair any severe issues before the MOT test date. Faulty lightbulbs and door handles can cause your vehicle to fail its MOT; however, these are issues that you can address yourself or bring to the notice of a professional before booking your car in for its test. Below is a list of minor details that might make the difference between your vehicle passing or failing its MOT, all of which are straightforward to examine on your own.

• Number plates
It's important that your licence plates be appropriately secured, visible, and appropriate for your vehicle's year.
• Steering
If vehicle steering doesn't seem right or any difficulties and you've detected an issue with the steering, make an appointment with your mechanic to get it checked before the current MOT certificate expires. Make sure there are no leaks in the power steering system.
• Horn
If your horn isn't working, you might fail your MOT. You must ensure no delays between pressing the horn and hearing the sound and that the sound is clear and powerful.
• Lights
Ask the assistance of another person to inspect all of your vehicle's lights. A faulty lightbulb in one of your headlights might lead you to fail your MOT. A new lightbulb will cost you next to nothing and is something that you have to follow the road safety measures.
• Vehicle Body, Bonnet and doors
Dents and scratches will not prevent you from passing your MOT, but cracks in the bodywork may. Make sure the bonnet is easy to open and close. The catch must function properly to keep the bonnet in place. Make sure the hinges are thoroughly lubricated so they don't create any issues in the future. Vehicle doors, including the boot, should open and close quickly, and all of your locks should work correctly.
Being without a car in today's world may be inconvenient, so giving oneself the best chance of passing the MOT is always a good idea.

MOT Checklist for MOT Testers

When completing MOT tests on vehicles, MOT testers use the Tb inspection checklist, which was created according to the MOT testing guide. There are major five categories of items that need to check for every vehicle during the MOT test.

Interior Checks:

• Seats and seat belts
• Warning lamps
• Switches like position lamp, headlamp, hazards
• View to front, wipers and washers
• Brake controls, servo operation
• Steering wheel and column
• Doors, mirrors, horn
• Speedometer, driver controls (Class 5 only)

Exterior Checks:

• Registration plates
• Lamps, registration plate lamps Indicators,
• Stop lamps, fog lamps, and reflectors

• Wheels and tyres
• Shock absorbers
• Mirrors, wiper blades, fuel tank cap
• Glazing (Class 5 only) Doors, boot lid, loading doors, bonnet Towbars
• The general condition of the body

Under Bonnet Checks:

• Vehicle structure Braking systems
• Exhaust systems, fuel system
• Speed limiter (if applicable)
• Steering & power steering components
• Suspension components

Under Vehicle Checks:

• Steering including power steering
• Drive shafts
• Suspension, shock absorbers
• Wheel bearings
• Wheels & tyres
• Brake systems & mechanical components
• Exhaust system
• Fuel system & fuel tank


As an MOT tester, it is essential to follow all the MOT checklists during the test. Also, observational defects or comments will be recorded on the Checklists form.

Documenting Advisories

Advisory notes on the MOT test report are a non-mandatory element of the MOT, and the MOT tester can choose whether or not to advise on a particular issue. Some Authorised Examiners may have their advisory policy in place. According to the MOT Inspection Manual, it is indeed an excellent proposal to inform the vehicle owner about
• Any items that are on the verge of failing a test but have not yet done so.
• Any vehicle abnormalities discovered during the examination.
• Any flaws discovered during the MOT inspection procedure.
To summarise, a qualified MOT tester inspects and performs a comprehensive set of tests on your vehicle during an MOT test. To ensure that the vehicle is safe and roadworthy, testing is carried out on the interior and outside, including the engine bay. You may receive some separate advisory items informing you of parts on your vehicle indicating signs of wear and tear and may need to be repaired shortly.