Jun 16, 2017
Brunel Motors is the leading family-run MOT centre in Salisbury, providing Class 4 vehicle MOT tests (family cars, dual-purpose vehicles, vans) and Class 7 tests (light goods and commercial vehicles).
If your vehicle is older than three years old an MOT is compulsory on an annual basis to ensure road-worthiness. If your vehicle requires any work to get it through an MOT we will first contact you to let you know about the required work and the costs involved. Work can usually be carried out the same day in our MOT centre in Salisbury to ensure you’re not without your vehicle for any longer than necessary.
We also offer a free re-test if the vehicle is presented to us within a ten-day window of the original MOT test. This even includes vehicles in which the work needed is not carried out by ourselves at our garage in Salisbury.
These are a few MOT checks you can do yourself before bringing your vehicle into the MOT centre for testing. If you notice any problems highlighted above that you cannot fix, please let us know when you bring your vehicle in.
An initial walk-around inspection
We check the overall condition of the body, including checks for corrosion and hazardous edges. The chassis or VIN number also needs to be visible and the fuel cap creates a sufficient seal around the neck.
Further checks of the exterior of the vehicle
The exterior lighting of the vehicle must work as expected, with the headlights correctly positioned and producing ample brightness and correct functioning of the indicators and brake lights. The wipers and jet washers must work effectively to ensure the windscreen can be cleared of rainfall and debris. All doors and the boot must open freely and the registration places must be legal and fully legible.
Checking the inside of the vehicle
The windscreen must be insufficient condition and allow an uninterrupted view for the driver. The various driver controls must all work as expected and the seats belts must be free from damage, frays and work safely.
Underneath the vehicle
The brakes must function efficiently and the driveshaft and suspension be in good working condition. The steering should work without the need for excessive turning and the exhaust system should be properly supported, not produce excessive noise or fumes that exceed tolerance levels.
It should be stressed that an MOT test alone does not ensure that your vehicle is in good mechanical shape, but instead means it has met the minimum legal requirements for road-worthiness. To ensure your vehicle remains in good shape you should ensure it is regularly serviced. Here at Brunel Motors we specialise in Ford servicing but can service nearly all vehicle makes.
If your car is up for its annual check, bring it to Brunel – the family-run MOT centre in Salisbury.