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Whether it’s the MOT on your first car, or your tenth on your pride and joy, most people get nervous as the time approaches for an annual car’s health check. If you’re worried about forgetting something you’re supposed to take with you or just want to know a bit more about what to expect, read the following Frequently Asked Questions on your upcoming MOT.

How Often Do I Need an MOT?

Your MOT (Ministry of Transport) test is an enforced exam to ensure your car is safe to drive. It is designed to keep both you and other road users safe and as a car owner, you are legally obliged to have an MOT test on your vehicle every 12 months. Most people will arrange and organise their MOT test in advance to avoid driving illegally without the certification.

What Does an MOT Test for?

Garages and inspectorates will be looking at the core components and features of a vehicle which makes it roadworthy. Amongst the parts they will examine are;

• Lights
• Steering
• Suspension
• Windscreen wipers
• Windscreen washers
• Car Horn
• Seating
• Fuel
• Exhaust
• Chassis (corrosion)
• Doors & Mirrors
• Wheels & Tyres
• Brakes

The registration and identification details will also be checked to ensure the proper legality of the vehicles and whether the number plate matches records and can be easily read.

What Do I Need to Take with Me for an MOT Test?

Besides the car and the money to pay for the test, there is normally nothing else you need. Some garages may ask to see the V5 or Log Book to prove ownership, or it may be needed to correct any discrepancies with the DVLA records. Observe the obvious exercises like leaving your keys with the mechanics and removing any valuables from the car to avoid potential misunderstandings.

Can I Drive My Car Away from the Garage if it Fails an MOT Test?

If your previous certificate hasn’t expired yet, you’re legally allowed to drive your car until that runs out. If your certificate has run out, the only event in which you can legally drive your car is to a pre-arranged booking for an MOT test at a garage.

What is the Difference Between an MOT and a Service?

MOT tests are designed to ensure the safety of the car and its emission levels, whilst a manufacturer’s service is more about the mechanical condition of the vehicle. Car owners should have their cars serviced regularly, alongside the annual MOT tests.

Here at German Specialists Ltd we are one of the most renowned testing centres in Stockport so when your MOT test comes around make sure we’re your first port of call. We specialise in cars such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen.

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