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MOT's

MOT Information

An MOT (Ministry of Transport) test is an annual assessment of a car's safety, emissions and roadworthiness, required by law in the UK for any car that is three or more years old to ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive.

MOT checks can only be carried out at garages with technicians that have been officially certified by the DVSA (formerly VOSA). Cars that do not have a valid, up-to-date MOT certificate are not legally allowed to drive on UK roads and may have their insurance invalidated.

Most cars, 4x4s and vans undergo a Class 4 MOT, but motorbikes, goods vehicles (between 3,000-3,500kg) and vehicles with more than 12 seats are tested to different criteria.

An MOT takes around an hour to complete and inspects the following areas


Vehicle Identification Number Lights Steering and Suspension
Registration Plates Windscreen, Wipers and Washer Bottles Horn
Seatbelts and Seats Mirrors Brakes, Wheels and Tyres
Bodywork Doors Fuel System and Emission Levels  

MOT failures are caused by issues that are easy to identify and in many cases can be addressed at home, with lighting and signalling issues consistently being the most frequent area of MOT failure (over 30%). Tyre condition and pressure account for 10% of MOT failures, whilst mirrors, wipers and washes are responsible for 8.5% of failures due to obstructing the driver's view of the road.

MOT tests are available from over 147 ATS Euromaster centres nationwide, with convenient hourly appointments available at a time to suit you. To ensure your car's MOT goes as smoothly as possible, we offer a free annual reminder service, online booking and useful MOT tips on how to help your car pass its MOT test.

Most common MOT failures

Most MOT failures are caused by issues that are easy to identify and in many cases can be addressed at home, with lighting and signalling issues consistently being the most frequent area of MOT failure. These were the five most common areas of MOT failure in 2014/15 according to the DVSA:

Lighting and signalling: 18.4% of all tests (5 million) Suspension: 12% of failures (3.3 million)
Brakes: 9.6% of failures (2.6 million) Tyres: 7.4% (2 million)
Obstructions to driver’s view of the road: 6.6% (1.8 million)