The yearly Ministry of Transport (MoT) test is seen as onerous by many, especially those with older cars, as they consider it too harsh and liable to keep their vehicle off the road. The MoT test was devised quite simply to ensure that anyone using the road was doing so in a vehicle that met a minimum standard of upkeep, and wasn’t likely to experience a sudden failure in any of its critical systems. The test checks the brakes, suspension, and lighting systems – among other elements – because if they were to suddenly fail the vehicle could become a danger to others, but isn’t bothered too much about the state of the engine because a mechanical failure of that is likely to be inconvenient, rather than dangerous.
But in checking the vehicle over, the MoT tester will not the state of systems that are getting close to being a failure or are a cause for concern, too, and that is useful. The UK MoT test certificate has all the information that you would expect, such as identifying numbers, start and end date, and mileage, but also has a section entitled ‘Advisory Notes’ and it is this area in which the tester will highlight anything that isn’t a pass, but is likely to become a problem.
The MoT test certificate is valid at the time of issue only and it doesn’t look forward to parts or systems which might fail at some point in the future – even if that is as close as the following day!! However, the tester will note anything that comes to their attention, whether it is a highly worn but legal tyre, a dodgy exhaust, or emissions that are close to a fail. Looking at these will give you a good idea of what you should be looking at to keep your car in good condition.
So that makes the MoT test a handy piece of information in itself. Many of us don’t take the health of our cars seriously, and if we do book car test, it’s usually only an oil change and a tune up; we rarely take them to a garage for a full examination, and that is where the MoT test is handy. This is a test that will check over all of the important parts of your car and will advise you if there is anything that’s not up to scratch.
MoT’s are now kept on a database so it’s not possible to book an MoT test online any earlier than 11 months after your previous one, but it makes sound economic sense to book up into an MoT centre, in places such as Camden road London, and have your car checked. You will know what you have to do to pass the MoT test, but also crucially you will have a good idea about what is going to need fixing on your car longer term. That fact alone makes having your car booked into an MoT centre London worthwhile.
The roads we dive on are getting busier as more cars join it, and having a car in tip top condition and able to cope with any emergency is imperative. Imagine having to stop quickly and finding that your brake pads are worn out, or that your car pulls badly to the left under heavy braking – either of those could be disastrous for you, your passengers and other road or pavement users, so finding out about failing components before they fail is essential.
Like it or not, the MoT test makes sense, and you should pay attention to anything that the tester observes, whether it fails the car or not!