VOSA Approved MOT Test

The MOT is an examination of motor vehicles safety-related systems and tries to ensure that they have not worn to an excessive level which would render the vehicle unsafe for use on the road.
If your car is more than 3 years old it will need an MOT each year to ensure that it meets the minimum road safety and environmental standards.
BTE offer up to date vehicle testing facilities, including a ATL testing system and BOSCH gas analytic equipment. We are able to offer FREE MOT reminders by Email, Post and SMS Text Message.
Don't delay, book in for your MOT today using our easy booking form below or call us on 01420 477655

Our helpful Q&A will provide you will key information regarding the MOT test.

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01 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.

02 Fuel system(s)

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.

03 Exhaust emissions: 

Vehicle meets the requirements for exhaust
emissions, dependent on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.

04 Exhaust system:

Secure. Complete. Catalyst missing where one was fitted as standard. Without serious leaks and is not too noisy.

05 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.

06 Seats:

Drivers seat for adjustment. All seats for security and seat backs can be secured in the upright position.

07 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.

08 Mirrors:

Minimum number required, condition and security.

09 Load Security:

Boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.

10 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. ABS or electronic stability control (ESC) where fitted. Check of the MIL for ABS, electronic stability control, electronic park brake and brake fluid warning.

11 Tyres & Wheels:

Condition, security, tyre size/type and tread depth. Spare tyres are not inspected. Note: vehicles first used on or after 1 January 2012 - check of the MIL for tyre pressure monitoring.

12 Registration Plates:

Condition, security, colour, characters correctly formed and spaced.

13 Lights:

Condition, operation including HID and LED headlamps for cleaning, self leveling and security. Headlamp aim. Main beam
warning light.

14 Bonnet:

Securely latches in the closed position.

15 Wipers/ Washers:

Operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.

16 Windscreen:

Condition and driver’s view of the road.

17 Horn:

Correct operation and of suitable type.

18 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.

19 Vehicle identification number:

Present on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. Not more than one different VIN is displayed except on multistage build vehicles.

20 Electrical: 

Visible electrical wiring and battery.

Contact Us


You can make your next MOT booking with BTE by simply completing the form adjacent. Please ensure you complete as much detail as possible. A member of the BTE Team will email you confirmation of your booking. Here are some details that may help you;

 - Our MOT Test fee is £54.85p
 - The MOT Test will take around 1 hour to complete
 - Please ensure your diesel engine is warm
 - Please arrive at least ten minutes before your test is due
 - Please see our guide to the MOT by clicking here.

Have a question or looking for some honest advice? Get in touch, we are always here to help. 

Call our service team on 01420 477655.
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