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MOT Test Checklist

The MOT test ensures that your vehicle meets all legal road safety and environmental standards and must be undertaken annually once your vehicle reaches three years of age.

Problems with your vehicle will be categorised during the MOT test as dangerous, major, minor and advisory depending on the severity of the issue. Minor and advisory faults will not cause your vehicle to fail the MOT test, but must be addressed as a priority. A fail will be caused by a major fault, which must be repaired as soon as possible and a dangerous fault, which has to be fixed before you can drive your car.

Give your car the best chance of passing its next MOT test with our helpful checklist.

What is Checked

Car Interior

Wipers, windscreen, wheel, horn, seats, seatbelts, body, boot, fuel system, exhaust, doors, mirrors, brakes, suspension, tyres, wheels, registration plate, lights, bonnet and battery will be checked in the MOT test

Seats and Seatbelts




Car Exterior


All lights* (front, rear, brake, indicators, rear reflectors, fog and registration plate) must:

*On vehicles first used from September 2009 reversing lights and headlight washers will be checked. On vehicles first used from March 2018 daytime running lights will be checked.

Windows and Wipers

The 290mm closest to the driver makes up the swept area of the windscreen. Damage larger than 10mm in this area will result in a MOT fail

Tyres & Wheels



Registration Plates

Car Engine


Steering & Suspension

Fuel System


For more information on the MOT test contact your local PTA Garage Services branch where our technicians will be able to answer any further questions you may have.

Find out what is checked in the Class 7 MOT here.

You can book your next MOT online at your local PTA Garage Services branch here.