Vehicle MOTs

The Lift West Limited Servicing, Repairs & MOT centre have the ability to do your MOT while you wait.

What is an MOT?

If you want to know what goes on in an MOT test then please take a look at our detailed guide below. In short, an MOT is required by law for all vehicles over 3 years of age to ensure that they are suitable to be driven on the roads, for your safety and the safety of other road users.

Why do you I need to have an MOT certificate?

The main reason for having a valid MOT certificate is to prove that your vehicle is roadworthy. Without a valid MOT certificate your Insurance will be void and you will not be able to tax your vehicle.

What does the MOT test include? 

The MOT test looks at some important items on your car to see that they meet key legal requirements at the time of test. This is to ensure your safety and the safety of other road users.

The body and vehicle structure

Is free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas and there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury.

The fuel system

Has no leaks and the fuel cap fastens and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened so be sure the key is available.

The exhaust emissions

The vehicle meets the requirements for exhaust emissions, dependant on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.

The exhaust system

Is secure, complete, without serious leaks and silences effectively.

The seat belts

All belts installed are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seat belts must be in place.

The seats

The front seats are secure. Front and rear back seats can be secured in the upright position.

The doors

Latch securely in closed position. Front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items.

The mirrors

The minimum numbers are on the vehicle, their condition and security.

Load security

Boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.

The brakes

Their condition, operation and performance (efficiency test). Note the removal of the road wheels is not part of the test.

The tyres and wheels

Their condition, security, size, type and tread depth. Spare tyres are not inspected.

The registration plates

Their condition, security, characters correctly formed and spaced.

The lights

Their condition, operation and security. Headlamps for aim.

The bonnet

Securely latches in the closed position.

The wipers and washers

Operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.

The windscreen

Its condition and the driver’s view of the road.

The horn

Operates correctly and is of a suitable type.

The steering and suspension

Are of a satisfactory condition and operation.

The vehicle identification number (VIN)

Is on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. Not more than one different VIN is displayed except on multistage build vehicles.

Our purpose built and fully staffed MOT Centre is able to carry out MOT testing on the following vehicle classes; 

Class 4:

  • Cars (up to 8 passengers)
  • Motor caravans
  • 3-wheeled vehicles over 450kg unladen weight
  • Quads (max 400kg unladen, but for goods vehicles 500kg and max 15kw)
  • Dual Purpose Vehicles
  • Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)
  • Ambulances and taxis
  • Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9-12 passenger seats)

Class 5:

  • Private passenger vehicles and ambulances - 13-16 passenger seats
  • Private passenger vehicles and ambulances - more than 16 passenger seats

Class 7:

  • Goods vehicles (over 3,000 kg up to 3,500 kg DGW) 


Contact us for pricing on your vehicle maintenance & MOT package

Phone: 01460 242400

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