Cardiff MOT and Service Centre
We endeavour to complete all our tests quickly and efficiently and can accommodate all makes and models.
Our friendly engineers will advise you of the best course of action should your vehicle fail to meet the standards required of the test.
Call us now to book your MOT test:
029 2066 5254
What does your MOT test involve
Approximately half of all faults discovered during your MOT test could be avoided by carrying out
simple maintenance. So it is worthwhile checking items like lights, wiper blades and tyres
beforehand so that your vehicle has the best chance of passing first
Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipmentLights and reflectors must be correctly positioned and secure and note obscured. Show the correct colour and not be adversely affected by the operation of any other light.
All Headlights aim should be below the horizontal, so as not to dazzle other drivers.
Horn must emit a continuous uniform note and must be loud enough to be heard by another road user.
Battery must be secure and not show any signs of leaking electrolyte.
Electrical wiring should be secure and must not be damaged to the point where it is likely to short circuit or become detached.
Vehicles with a towbar any electrical socket will be tested for its condition and that it correctly operates the trailer parking lights, brake lights, indicators and rear fog lights.
Tyres and road wheels
Tyres must be of an appropriate speed and load rating for the vehicle. Tread depth must not be below the legal limit and will also will be examined for lumps, bulges, tears, exposure of the cord and tread separation.
Vehicles with run-flat tyres, the warning light must operate correctly. Road wheels must be in good general condition.
Exhaust, fuel and emissions
Exhaust system is inspected to ensure it is secure and doesn't leak. If your vehicle was originally fitted with a catalytic converter, it must still be present.
Fuel system will be checked for leaks and the tank cap must seal properly.
Emissions tested using a gas analyser probe while the engine is running to test the smoke emitted from the exhaust. Carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons must fall within the legal limit. A visual check for excessive dense blue or black smoke emitted from the exhaust, which is a cause for MOT failure.
The windscreen directly in front of the driver must not be damaged or obstruct the view larger than 10mm. Outside this area there must not be any damage or other obstruction larger than 40mm.
Steering and suspension
Steering check the strength and condition of the steering wheel inspect for wear or damage to the steering components.
Any locking device will be tested to ensure it only locks when the engine is not running.
Power steering must have at least the minimum level of power steering fluid in the reservoir.
Suspension components and shock absorbers will be checked for excessive corrosion, distortion and fractures.
The condition of the brakes, pedals and levers are inspected, as well as any warning lights. A performance test will be carried out to test brake efficiency.
Seat belts and restraint systems
Each seat belt plus any attachment is checked for its security and condition.
Body and Structure
Body A general inspection is made of the body, engine mountings, seats , doors and chassis. All components must be free from excessive corrosion and must not have any sharp edges that might cause injury.
Registration plates must be fitted at the front and rear. The plates must be secure and clearly legible to someone standing 20 metres away from the car. The characters should be correctly formed and spaced.
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) must permanently display a legible VIN.
Speedometer must be fitted checked so that it can be illuminated.
Mirrors and wipers
Rear view mirrors and wing mirrors must be secure and provide adequate views to the rear and side. Wipers and washers must sweep a wide enough area to give the driver an adequate view of the road