What is an MOT checklist?

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An MOT checklist is a list of conditions that the car must meet to pass the test. It is an official document created by the Government’s Department for Transport (DfT) with input from various motoring groups and organizations, including The RAC.

The MOT testing checklist has around 150 items divided into 17 categories. These include brakes, tyres, steering, levels of harmful gases inside the vehicle and lots more.

For each category are sub-headings identifying sub-categories which then contain specific points that must be checked within that sub-category. All cars will have their tests depending on their age, make, model etc.; sometimes they can even vary between two similar models of car produced by different companies.

What are the 17 categories of an MOT test?

Category one is safety and emissions. This area of the MOT Cheltenham check has around 25 sub-categories that include checking the alarm system, exhaust emission, rear lights, steering linkage etc.

Category two covers various items including wipers, washers, and horn and direction indicators. There are also sub-categories for lights (including headlamps), mirrors, windscreen wiper blades etc.

Category three includes inspection of tyres (including locks), wheels (except mags) and suspension components. This category also contains information on tyre tread depth, tyre pressure etc. Additionally, there are further sub-headings under this category that have their specific points to be graded. These include tyre tread depth, tyre pressures and just to name a few.

Category four includes items such as the vehicle battery, headlights, tail lights, registration plate and stop lamp etc.

The fifth category is just a quick note on buying a second-hand car; it might be worth your while checking with previous owners regarding any faults for this will save you time and money down the road!

The sixth category provides information on how to get you out of trouble after an accident or if you break down (or even get stuck in the snow!). This is important stuff we’re talking about here; we could all end up doing 200 miles per hour on mountain roads at night. If that sounds good then I’d recommend watching more Top Gear instead.

The seventh category is about the condition of the car including bodywork etc. This includes subheadings that have their points to be checked, for example, some points must be checked concerning corrosion, underbody damage and just general bodywork items.

The eighth category contains the final sub-heading relating to safety glass – this is because it can seriously injure you if it shatters so it’s an important aspect of MOT testing!

Category nine covers lights again but this time all exterior ones. These include headlights, number plate lamps, reflectors etc.

Category ten is one of my favourites as it looks at how well your insurance company would payout if they were called upon to do so following a crash with you at the wheel; no not your insurance premium but how much it would take to repair the car.

The eleventh category looks at your upholstery and fittings, items such as seat belts, interior door handles etc. Category twelve is one that people often forget until it’s too late; this includes the fluid levels in the car which you must know by heart! When was the last time you checked yours?

The thirteenth category focuses on wipers again (I’m starting to think these are very important) but also contains sub-categories for screen wash, washer jets and windscreen cleaners. This category also provides an MOT guide on the fitment of front fog lights; if they don’t meet regulations then you will not pass your MOT test.

Category fourteen looks at the horn (which I’ve mentioned a few times within this article), direction indicators, and main beam and dipped beams etc. The last section takes in all the exterior lamps and reflectors that we somehow missed in previous categories… It includes items such as parking lamps, side repeaters and registration plate lamps etc.

Category sixteen is just a quick note which covers garage visits or if you prefer to do everything yourself; remember there are only so many hours in a day so it’s important to know when enough is enough when it comes to working on your car.

Category seventeen is a short section on tyres that includes wear and tear as well as tyre pressures etc. The last category looks at the actual structure of the car.

It’s important to check that nothing has come loose or fallen off of your vehicle! In conclusion, following this quick MOT checklist will ensure that you save yourself time and money in the future by avoiding any unnecessary repairs.

Remember if you do find faults with your vehicle then take it into a garage for a Car Service in Cheltenham.

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