MOT Checklist

What to check

There are a surprisingly large number of MOT items that you can quickly check yourself, with no specialist knowledge or equipment, as listed below.*

Lights

The biggest failure item. Do they all function properly?

Indicators

Check front, rear and side repeaters where fitted.

Brake Lights

Are they both working?

Rear Fog Light

Driver’s side must be working (all vehicles post 1st April 1980).

Tyres / Wheels

Tread depth (minimum 1.6mm), check for sidewall defects, tread pattern wear. All wheel studs fitted and no rim damage.

Horn / Windscreen Washers

Must all be functioning

Windscreen Wipers

Blade rubbers in good condition and not torn/split.

Chassis / VIN Number

Must be displayed and legible (all vehicles post August 1980).

Doors

Check that both front doors can be opened from inside and outside.

Bootlid / Tailgate

Must be able to open from outside.

Fuel Cap

Must be present, secure and have rubber seal.

Mirrors

Must be secure and visible from driver’s seat.**

Battery

Battery and terminals must be secure.

Seat Belts

Must be secure and the webbing must be in good condition.

Pedal Rubbers

The brake and throttle pedal rubbers must be present.

Dash Warning Lights

Airbag / ABS / Traction control / TPMS (vehicles registered post 2012) if lit while the engine is running, are MOT failures.

Number Plates

Must not be obscured, damaged or have any features that affect or change the appearance and legibility of the characters, Black & White plates only allowed on cars registered before Jan 1st 1980

Other items

Other key items that would be checked at the testing station are steering, vehicle structure, windscreen, suspension, seats, brakes, fuel & exhaust systems, emissions and tow bar if fitted.

* For guidance only – does not constitute the full test.

** Minimum of 2 mirrors which must include the drivers side external mirror and/or internal or passenger side external mirror

Other items

Other key items that would be checked at the testing station are steering, vehicle structure, windscreen, suspension, seats, brakes, fuel & exhaust systems, emissions and tow bar if fitted.

* For guidance only – does not constitute the full test.

** Minimum of 2 mirrors which must include the drivers side external mirror and/or internal or passenger side external mirror

Lights

The biggest failure item. Do they all function properly?

Indicators

Check front, rear and side repeaters where fitted.

Brake Lights

Are they both working?

Rear Fog Light

Driver’s side must be working (all vehicles post April 1 1980).

Tyre/Wheels

Tread depth (minimum 1.6mm), check for sidewall defects, tread pattern wear. All wheel studs fitted and no rim damage.

Horn/Windscreen Washers

Must all be functioning.

Windscreen Wipers

Blade rubbers in good condition and not torn/split.

Chassis/VIN Number

Must be displayed and legible (all vehicles post August 1980).

Doors

Check that both front doors can be opened from inside and outside.

Bootlid/Tailgate

Must be able to open from outside.

Fuel Cap

Must be present, secure and have rubber seal.

Mirrors

Must be secure and visible from driver’s seat.**

Battery

Battery and terminals must be secure.

Seat Belts

Must be secure and the webbing must be in good condition.

Pedal Rubbers

The brake and throttle pedal rubbers must be present.

Dash Warning Lights

Airbag / ABS / Traction control / TPMS (vehicles registered post 2012) if lit while the engine is running, are MOT failures.

Number Plates

Must not be obscured, damaged or have any features that effect or change the appearance and legibility of the characters, Black & White plates only allowed on cars registered before Jan 1st 1980

Other Items

Other key items that would be checked at the testing station are steering, vehicle structure, windscreen, suspension, seats, brakes, fuel & exhaust systems, emissions and tow bar if fitted.

* For guidance only – does not constitute the full test.

** Minimum of 2 mirrors which must include the drivers side external mirror and/or internal or passenger  side external mirror

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