The MOT test can seem like a minefield if you are not absolutely sure of what the inspector
will be looking for, but rest assured that the MOT test only exists to keep you and other road
users safe and protected while using the UKs network of roads, whether they are nameless
tracks all the way up to bustling motorways. If you live in London, then just search for ‘MOT
near me,’ and Elite will pop up. You can then book your MOT online in seconds. The test is
divided into six sections – do note, there is a fair amount of crossover between many of the
sections. For example, the integrity and structure of the brakes are examined in the ‘interior
checks’, ‘under the bonnet’, and ‘under the car’ sections, as well as having their own section
where their function is tested.
Interior Checks: Seats, seatbelts, all round visibility and a lack of clutter are important here.
All buttons, indicators and levers should work well, as should your horn.
Exterior Checks: The general condition of the car body will be looked at. There should be no
signs of damage and the bumpers, numberplate and mirrors should be firmly and correctly
attached. The wheels and tyres will be checked as far as possible.
Under the Bonnet: the first look at systems such as the exhaust, brakes, steering and
suspension begin here, as well as the general condition of the car, and the levels of all the
various fluids, from screen-wash to oil to radiator water.
Underneath the Car: The systems checks from above continue here, as do the checks on the
tyres and wheels. The chassis should be intact and free from damage, and any emissions
devices should be sound with no sign of tampering.
Brakes: This is when the brakes are tested, both the hand brake and the service brake. The
inspector will perform a regular stop as well as an emergency stop to see if the vehicle slews
to one side or pulls to a safe and even stop.
Emissions: The inspector will fit a measuring device to your exhaust and run your engine for
a set time, measuring the output of noxious chemicals. Levels should be low, and as engines
advance, the permitted emission levels reduces according as the industry works to become
This is a useful guide for drivers, detailing exactly what is tested and why. Knowing what the
inspector will be looking for can help you to keep your car in great condition