Car MOT test prices are set by all test centres at £54.85 with a free re-test within 10 working days.

You must keep any vehicles driven on the road in a roadworthy condition.

The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards.

It isn’t the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn’t check its general mechanical condition.

You must get an MOT test every year once your vehicle is 3 years old

You can’t drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has expired. You could be prosecuted if caught.

The only exception is if you’ve already booked an MOT and are driving your vehicle to the test centre so book an appointment today on 0208 549 4222.

Components to be inspected

Body / vehicle structure / general items: Free from excessive corrosion

or damage in specific areas. No sharp edges likely to cause injury.

Towbars for security / condition / inappropriate repairs or modification.

Correct operation of 13 pin electrical socket. Speedometer condition and

operation. Engine mountings.


Fuel System: No leaks. Security and condition of pipes / hoses. Fuel cap

fastens and seals securely. Note: the fuel cap will need to be opened.

Make sure the key is available.


Exhaust emissions: Vehicle meets the requirements for exhaust

emissions, dependent on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.


Exhaust system: Secure. Complete. Catalyst missing where one was

fitted as standard. Without serious leaks and is not too noisy.


Seat belts: All the seat belts fitted are checked for type, condition,

operation and security. All mandatory seat belts must be in place.

Check of the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) for air bags and seat belt

pre tensioners and load limiters.


Seats: Drivers seat for adjustment. All seats for security and seat backs

can be secured in the upright position.


Doors: Latch securely in closed position. Front doors should open from

inside and outside the vehicle. Rear doors should open from outside the

vehicle. Hinges and catches for security and condition.


Mirrors: Minimum number required, condition and security. Indirect vision



Load security: Boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.


Brakes: Condition including inappropriate repairs or modifications,

operation and performance (efficiency test). Note the removal of the

road wheels and trims are not part of the test. Anti-lock Braking System

(ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) where fitted. Check of the

dashboard Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) for ABS, ESC, electronic park

brake and brake fluid warning.


Tyres and wheels: Condition, security, tyre size/type and tread depth.

Spare wheels and tyres are not inspected. Note: vehicles first used on

or after 1 January 2012 - check of the MIL for Tyre Pressure Monitoring

System (TPMS).


Registration plates: Condition, security, colour, characters correctly

formed and spaced.


Lights: Condition, operation including High Intensity Discharge (HID)

and Light Emitting Diode (LED) headlamps for cleaning, self leveling and

security. Headlamp aim. Main beam warning light.


Bonnet: Securely latches in the closed position.


Wipers/washers: Operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.


Windscreen: Condition and driver’s view of the road.


Horn: Correct operation and of suitable type.


Steering and suspension: Condition, steering oil level, operation, a

check for inappropriate repairs or modification including corrosion to power

steering pipes or hoses. Operation of steering lock mechanism. Check of

the MIL for electronic power steering and steering lock.


Vehicle identification number: Present on vehicles first used on or

after 1 August 1980. A single VIN is displayed except on multistage build

vehicles. (e.g. van conversion, BMW/Alpina etc.)


Electrical: Visible electrical wiring and battery

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