The MOT test is a vehicle check that is compulsory for all vehicles over 3 years old that are registered in the United Kingdom.
The test is carried out by government approved MOT testing centres, the first MOT test is due 3 years after first registration.
Things To Check Before an MOT Test
Tyres: Check all the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure, and there is at
least 1.6mm of tread across the 3/4 of the tyre. make sure there are no bulges, lumps or cuts in the sidewall or tread.
Lights: Check that the lights are working correctly. front position lights,
headlights, rear lights, rear registration plate light, rear fog lamps, headlamps,
brake lights and indicator lights. Check all bulbs are working and check and lens/casing is not cracked. Hazard Lights, check all indicator lights flash when the hazard light switch
is selected. Check with the ignition on and off.
Horn: check this sound correctly and is not a two tone type horn.
Registration Number Plate: Check that is not cracked, securely fastened and not obscured.
Also ensure the letters are of the correct size and spacing.
Vehicle Identification Number: Check the car has a Vehicle Identification Number displayed.
Seat belts: Check all the seat belts fasten correctly and are not damaged.
Mirrors: Mirrors should be fitted where required, usable and not damaged.
Wipers and Washers: Make sure the wipers are not damaged and the washer bottle is full of liquid.
Windscreen: Check for chips and cracks in the windscreen. In an area in front of the driver
a chip cannot be bigger than 10mm, in other areas swept by the wipers that damage cannot be more than 40mm.