Are you due to have your car MOT test but unsure on the process? Whether you are newly qualified or a veteran driver, you are required to book your vehicle in for an MOT – for your own safety, as well as other drivers on the road.

What is an MOT check?

The MOT check is part of DVSA-enforced legislation which is in place to maintain high safety standards on the roads. As without a certified MOT, your car is invalidated and cannot be used, unless you’re driving to a scheduled MOT test. If you are found to be driving an uncertified vehicle, you can be charged up to £1,000.

Your MOT must be scheduled within three years of the car’s registration date, in order to ensure that it is safe and secure on the roads. If you require an MOT for large taxis, buses or emergency vehicles, an MOT test should be conducted within one year of registration

Your MOT should be performed by an approved MOT test centre, just like us here at Birchwood MOT, who will conduct a series of checks on your car and will establish whether your car is fit for the road.


What checks are conducted in an MOT?

Here at Birchwood MOT, we have an expert team of testers who are qualified to conduct a series of checks on the interior and exterior of your car.

An interior MOT involves testing all areas inside your car to certify that your seatbelts are in good condition, your horn is operating correctly, and your seats are safe and secure.

The exterior MOT consists of probing your windscreen by looking out for chips or cracks, whilst also making sure your wipers and washers are functioning properly to ensure your view is not restricted. There are a variety of additional components that are also checked before your car can officially pass the MOT test. These include:

  • Testing for corrosion and damage on the body and structure of your vehicle
  • Opening and closing doors to ensure they are working correctly
  • The condition and operation of your mirrors
  • The colour and operation of your car lights and headlamp aim
  • The legibility of your vehicle identification number and registration plate
  • The size, tread depth and condition of your tyres
  • Using a roller brake tester to establish your vehicle’s braking ability
  • Examining your exhaust emissions for leaks, noises, and workability
  • The accuracy and condition of your steering and suspension
  • Making sure that the fuel cap fastens securely and that the fuel system is working properly without any leaks


What to do before your MOT test?

One of the big mistakes people make before their MOT is that they do not conduct any checks before their test, which usually results in a failed MOT. Many drivers conduct the tests themselves, however, this is not always accurate, which is why we offer you general repairs and service packages, which enable us to check your entire car before the actual MOT. This will ensure a guaranteed pass, allowing us to get you back on the road as soon as possible.


Why you should choose Birchwood for your car MOT check?

Here at Birchwood MOT, we offer a variety of premium vehicle services in Warrington, that will ensure you are MOT-ready and safe on the road.

You may be aware that your MOT expiration date is nearly up, but you are convinced that your car is nowhere near ready to pass. This does not mean that you should avoid booking your test, instead, you can schedule a general repair or service, which will ensure that your car is MOT-ready just in time for us to conduct a full MOT.

Our full MOT service is a simple and helpful process, which allows you to book in, turn up and relax! You will also receive a free re-test from us if for some reason your vehicle does not pass the initial test.

Reserve your car MOT check online today and receive a free vehicle service check or for further information on our services you can get in touch with us by calling 019253 30468 or alternatively, you can email us at service@lowtonmotorcompany.co.uk.