All-Tyre Service Centre  
We are an approved MOT testing station
What’s an MOT test?
An MOT test is a series of checks which ensures a car is roadworthy. Cars older than three years will have to undergo an MOT – Ministry of Transport test – each year. Motorists are given an updated MOT certificate if their car passes the test, or may need to pay for repairs if it fails. It’s a legal requirement to have an up-to-date certificate.
What’s checked at an MOT?
What is checked?
What can I do to prepare?
Whether or not you are a good DIY car mechanic there are some things you can do to improve the chance that your car will pass the MOT first time. Here are a few tips:

Make sure the washers have water in them and that they work properly – this is an MOT item. Look at your wiper blades to see if the surface which wipes the screen is not cracked, broken or damaged in any way. Has the windscreen got any large cracks in it. If it has then that could be a failure depending on how extensive they are and where they appear on the screen – and remember, many insurance policies allow windscreen replacement without affecting the policy.

If you have ‘alloy’ wheels with the wheel nuts exposed, make sure that none are missing. If the wheel rim has been seriously damaged that too could be a failure. Also, check the valve to make sure that it has not been damaged or is misaligned. Although you do not have to remove the hub caps for the Test, and the Tester won’t do so if they remain on the vehicle, you will have a better examination of the vehicle if you do remove them, although if any wheel nuts are missing a failure will result.

Checking the tyres is also important. As far as the tyres themselves are concerned the requirements regarding the type of tyre, its structure and which type of tyre is acceptable or not on the fronts or rears, that is quite technical and would require expert knowledge. However, the tyre condition can be visually checked. Has the tyre wall been damaged? Are there any serious cuts or damage on the tread? And you can check the wear by seeing if it has extended beyond the so called ‘wear bars’ within the tread. If they are smooth across the tread then there will be less than the acceptable 1.6mm of tread required. The spare tyre is not checked as part of the MOT. Obviously, if the 'spare' tyre is actually fitted to the vehicle, then it will be checked in the normal way. 'Temporary Use' spare tyres will fail the MOT if fitted at the time of the MOT Test.

Very obviously, check all the lights and indicators are working and replace any failed bulbs. Make sure the hazards working too. Either use a mirror placed behind the car, or get someone to stand behind the car while you operate the brakes, hazard lights, fog light and indicators. The number plate light is also part of the MOT, although the reversing light is not.

Although it isn’t necessary to present a cleaned and polished vehicle for an MOT, if the underside, or items requiring inspection in the engine compartment is really dirty and covered in oil, then the Tester can refuse to inspect it and you will have made an unnecessary journey. Also, if you are taking a small van or truck for MOT, if there is a large load on board that too may have to be removed for the MOT. The same applies to items in the boot; do not present the car for Test with the boot crammed full. The Tester may have to look into the boot to examine the rear suspension mounting and will need to be able to see them to complete the MOT. Have a look at the seat belts. Do they properly engage? Is the belt frayed or cut? That too could result in a failure.

Damaged bodywork can also cause an MOT failure if it is likely to result in damage or injury to other road users, including pedestrians – so make sure that there are no nasty jagged exposed edges. Is there a smell of petrol? Do not present your car for an MOT Test with a fuel leak. Any fuel leak at all will result in an immediate failure with no other items being examined because of the serious potential hazard during the MOT Test.

Oh, and finally, you may need the vehicle registration documents as some MOT Tested items are checked in a way which could depend on when the vehicle was first registered. If your vehicle falls across one of these date breaks, and the Tester doesn’t have the documentation to check, you may find you will be turned away until you have the correct paper work which can be checked.
How do I book an MOT test?
Whilst we at All-Tyre Service Centre prefer that you book an appointment this is not always necessary. Just call in the centre or give us a call.
When should I book a test?
You can book an MOT anytime. If your car is tested earlier than one month before its due date, the MOT will run for twelve months from that point. It’s a good idea to book a test almost one month before its due date. If your current certificate expires on March 1, 2009 and you book a test for February 2, the certificate will run until March 1, 2010. New cars need one test when they are three years old – and one test each year thereafter
How much does it cost?
The Ministry of Transport recommended price for a standard MOT test is currently £54. However at All-Tyre Service Centre we currently charge £45 for MOTs by appointment.
What if I lose my certificate?
You can request a duplicate from any MOT testing station. You’ll need:
The vehicle registration number The original MOT test number, or the V5C document reference number To pay £10 for a replacement
However if your car fails its MOT it may be liable for a re-test fee
The MOT certificate is not a guarantee of the general mechanical condition of a vehicle
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