MotorAid is an approved MOT test garage for Class 4, 5 and 7 MOT testing. Our MOT test specialists have carried out MOT’s on thousands of car and commercial vehicles using the latest equipment to ensure vehicles are safe and legal on the road.
An MOT test normally takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour and can be watched from our customer viewing area or you can sit and have a complimentary tea or coffee in our comfortable customer waiting room.
Book an MOT test online or call your local branch now!
Basildon Car Branch:
Car Mot testing only (Class 4)
Hainault Car Branch:
Car Mot Testing only (Class 4)
0208 172 0192
Basildon Commercials & 4×4 Branch:
Van & Light Minibus Mot Tests (Class 4, 5 & 7)
Class 4, 5 or 7 MOT testing you can rely on!
If your car, van or light minibus needs a Class 4, 5 or 7 MOT Test, then you have come to the right people.
Class 7 MOT testing is for commercial vehicles weighing between 3 and 3.5 tonnes. Our approved MOT centers have the latest equipment and fully trained technicians to handle Class 7 MOT’s.
You and your vehicle will be taken care of by our fully trained and qualified team giving you that extra piece of mind that your vehicle is in the right hands making your safety our priority.
Unlike some garages that only carry out an MOT Test, we are specialists in car and commercial vehicle repairs at our branches in Hainault and Basildon. So if your car or commercial vehicle fails its MOT we can carry out any repairs that are required.
What we check in an MOT test
We check the following during an MOT test:
Lights and electrics check
Almost a third of MOT failures are caused by lighting or electrics.
The vehicles front, rear, brake and fog lights together with indicators, registration plate light and rear reflectors must;
- Be placed correctly and held in place securely
- Nothing covering or obscuring them
- Overall condition needs to be good
- Be showing the correct colour when lit
- Not be affected after activating another light
- Light with the flip of a switch,
- Pairs of lights matching size, colour and intensity
The aim of the headlights should be angled below horizontal.
The horn must produce an uninterrupted uniform sound, loud enough to be heard by other users on the road.
A battery showing signs of leaking could be electrolyte. The battery must be secure and not leaking.
Wiring needs to be safe and protected, not showing any damage that could cause it to break or short-circuit.
For vehicles with a tow bar the electrical socket needs to be tested for its overall condition, ensuring it correctly operates the trailers brake, parking indicator and rear fog lights.
TIP: If you wanted to check your lights before getting an MOT, have someone walk around your vehicle whilst you operate each light whilst they confirm if they’re working or not.
Almost 1 out of every 10 MOT tests fail due to brake related problems.
Warning lights and the overall condition of the brake components are looked at for any wear or damage as well as performance testing to indicate the brakes efficiency.
Tyres and road wheels check
10% of all MOT tests fail due to faults with the vehicles tyres. Your tyres must be a correct speed and load rating for the vehicle. A tread depth below 1.6mm is considered excessive wear and will need to be replaced.
Tyres will be inspected with a view to highlighting any cuts (25mm deep or more), lumps, bumps or tears as well as any exposure of the cord and tread separation.
Some vehicles have run-flat tyres; the warning light will be tested accordingly.
TIP: To check the tread of your tyres take a 20p coin and run it over your tread in your tyres, this will indicate if the tread depth is lower than 1.6mm. You can also self-check the pressure and any obvious signs of damage yourself.
Seat belts and Safety restraints check
Every seat belt and its attachment and adjustment fittings in your vehicle will be tested making sure they work correctly and their condition is road worthy.
If any of the seat belts are found to faulty or damaged this will result in the vehicle failing the MOT test
Vehicle exhaust, emissions and fuel
The main fault in exhaust systems is leaking. This will be the first thing that is inspected. If your vehicle originally had a catalyst converter and now does not, it must be replaced.
The fuel mechanism will be checked for loose screws and leaks, as well as the fuel cap sealing correctly.
A gas analyser will be used whilst the engine is running. This tests the gases found in the exhaust fumes as there is a legal limit for production of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons.
Your vehicles emissions must be below the acceptable levels or the vehicle will fail its MOT test. A high amount of blue or black smoke in exhaust fumes can cause an MOT failure.
Steering and suspension check
The steering wheel will be pushed in various directions by the MOT tester. This will indicate the strength and condition of the wheel and to identify any damage or significant wear to the system.
If your vehicle has a steering lock feature the steering lock will be tested to make sure it only locks when the engine is not running.
Vehicles must have at least the minimum level of power steering fluid if they have power steering.
Shock absorbers and other suspension components will be checked for any signs of wear, corrosion, distortion and fracturing.
Vehicle body and structure check
An inspection is made on the overall condition of the body, chassis, seats, doors and engine mountings which must be corrosion free and not have any sharp edges that could cause damage or injure someone.
Someone should be able to clearly see the registration plates from 20 meters away from the car, with the characters spaced and printed correctly. Both plates must be securely mounted on both the front and the rear of the car.
A vehicle identification number (VIN) should be clearly visible and permanently stamped on either the body or chassis or on a VIN plate attached to the vehicle.
The speedometer in the vehicle must be operational, lit and display the correct speed. Any damage to the glass will not affect the MOT as long as the speed can be easily read.
The checks surrounding the drivers view which cause around 7% of MOT failures are carried out to ensure that the driver has a clear view through the windows and mirrors.
Both wing and rear view mirrors will be checked to show a high quality and realistic view of behind and both sides of the vehicle.
Wipers must sweep and clear a large enough area on the windshield to allow the driver to see clearly. There must be no damage bigger than 10mm on the windscreen directly in front of the driver. Any damage outside of the area that is cleaned by the wipers cannot be larger than 40mm or the vehicle will not pass the MOT test.
TIP: Nearly half of all car MOT’s fail on minor issues that can be addresses by simple routine maintenance. So it’s definitely worth saving yourself some time and effort by checking simple components like lights, tires and wipers so you’ve got the best chance of passing your MOT straight away.
Booking an MOT test
You can book an MOT test at MotorAid through our booking form or contact us by phone. MotorAid deliver award-winning customer service and reliable MOT testing so please book your MOT test today!