What does M.O.T stand for?

April 30th, 2012 in Car Maintenance Tips


Did you know that M.O.T actually stands for the Ministry Of Transport?

What is involved in an M.O.T test?

An M.O.T test is designed to check that your car meets the minimum acceptable road safety and environmental standards required by law.

During the M.O.T test pretty much every part of your car is tested to make sure that it is running how it is supposed to.

The following list that I have written is taken from the Department for Transport's MOT Testing information:



What is tested:

  • Fuel System: This is checked to make sure that there are no leaks. They also check the security and condition of pipes / hoses. They also make sure that the Fuel cap fastens and seals securely. Note the fuel cap will need to be opened so make sure the key is available.
  • Body/vehicle structure: They need to make sure that it is free from excessive corrosion or any damage in specific areas.
  • Exhaust emissions: They need to make sure that the vehicle meets the requirements for exhaust emissions. This is dependent on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.
  • Exhaust System: This is checked to make sure it is secure and complete. 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.
  • Seats: This needs to be checked to make sure that the front seat is secure. All seats are also checked for security.
  • Doors: The doors need to be checked to make sure that the latch is securely in the closed position. They also check to make sure that the front doors open from inside and outside the vehicle. The rear doors are checked to make sure they open from outside the vehicle. The hinges and catches are all checked for security and condition.
  • Mirrors: Minimum number required, condition and security.
  • Load security: Boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.
  • Brakes: The condition of the brakes are checked, including inappropriate repairs or modifications ,operation and performance.
  • Tyres and wheels: The condition, security, tyre size/type and tread depth are all check. Spare tyres are not inspected.
  • Registration plates: Condition, security, colour, characters correctly formed and spaced.
  • Lights: The condition is checked and the operation including HID and LED headlamps for cleaning, self levelling and security.
  • 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: The 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.
  • Vehicle identification number: Present on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980.
  • Electrical: Visible electrical wiring and battery.

You can get an M.O.T test and service done in any garage across the UK and this is done once a year for cars that are more than 3 years old.

Has anyone had a bad experience when going to a garage?

It would be great if you could leave a reply with the address of any women friendly garages that you have visited. Us women should help each other have the best experiences when we need to get our M.O.T test and service done. We don’t want to be ripped off do we?

The most women friendly garage that I have visited is:

C B Motors in Golders Green:

9 Hoop Lane Finchley, London NW11 8JR

020 8455 3373