At Autobliss, Worle, we offer MOT’s while you wait so make yourself at home and enjoy a free tea or coffee while our specials MOT testers ensure your vehicle is fully inspected and meets all the safety requirement set out by the DVSA.
During the MOT, important parts on your vehicle will be checked to make sure they meet the legal standards.
If you unfortunately fail your test, we’ll work with you to get back behind the drivers seat as soon as possible. We’ll provide an itemised quote of repair work required. Upon approval, we’ll schedule in the repair work as soon as possible.
Once a car is 3 years old (4 years in Northern Ireland) it must be tested each year to check it meets road safety and environmental standards.
This Ministry of Transport test is commonly known as an ‘MOT’.
MOT tests are carried out at around 21,000 authorised test centres around the country, all of which display an official blue sign featuring three white triangles.
An MOT involves dozens of checks on your car, ranging from the brakes and fuel system to lights, mirrors, seatbelts, windscreen wipers and exhaust system.
It doesn’t cover the condition of the engine, clutch and gearbox.
An average MOT test takes between 40 and 60 minutes, but there are a couple of other things to take into consideration.
1: f your vehicle fails the test and repairs need to be made this will take longer.
2: The test might take an hour or less, but, even if there aren’t any repairs, this does not mean your vehicle will only have to be at the garage for sixty minutes.
Test centres can require you to drop your vehicle off first thing in the morning and collect it when ready.
This means you should be prepared to be without your vehicle for the day.
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency sets the maximum fee official test centres can charge for an MOT.
It’s currently £54.85 for cars and motor caravans
Nearly two in five MOT tests are a fail first time.
Yet often this is because of minor faults the owner could easily have fixed beforehand.
Here are the top five simple reasons for MOT fails, according to research published from 2014:
1: Screen wash not topped up.
2: The car was dirty or full of clutter. Clear the mess from the boot and cabin and give the windows and mirrors a quick wipe.
3: A registration plate problem. For example, the plate used the incorrect type face/spacing, or was dirty or missing altogether. If you have a personalised plate, make sure it follows DVLA rules.
4: Stickers on the windscreen blocking the driver’s view. Make sure anything stuck to the windscreen like parking permits is outside the wipers’ sweep area.
5: Lit-up warning light on the dashboard. The MOT has included lit-up warning lights since 2012.