MOT's

B and C Motors is an authorised MOT test centre.

We have a comfortable waiting area and provide coffee / magazines / newspapers, or if you are in Cottenham we can collect and drop off your vehicle or we can supply a hassle free courtesy car to keep you on the move.

Why do you need an MOT?

All cars over three years old need an annual MOT examination. It is a legal requirement to have an valid MOT to ensure that the vehicle complies with at least the minimum road safety and environmental standards. The MOT certificate is not a guarantee of the general mechanical condition of a vehicle.

When do you need an MOT?

As the vehicle's owner it is your responsibility to keep on top of when the MOT is due. You will need to do this annually. You can have your MOT test carried out up to 1 month before the expiry date, without changing the current MOT date. It is illegal to drive a vehicle with an expired MOT certificate, so it is important to book your appointment with our MOT team before this happens. Your MOT expiry date can be found here https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-status.

How long does an MOT take?

The MOT test will take an hour. It may take longer if repairs are needed. You can wait while your vehicle is being tested.

What happens if my vehicle fails its MOT?

If your vehicle fails the MOT, we will offer you an all-inclusive quote on the repairs required. Rest assured we never undertake any extra work without your permission. If we carry out the repairs necessary, your MOT retest will be free of charge.

What is checked on the MOT?

The MOT tests some important items on your vehicle to check that they meet thelegal standards. It isn't the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn't check its general mechanical condition.

The test doesn't cover the condition of the:

  • Engine
  • Clutch
  • Gearbox
Parts covered in an MOT

Body, vehicle structure and general items

These will be inspected to check that:

  • they're free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury
  • there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury

Towbars

Towbars will be inspected for:

  • secureness
  • condition
  • inappropriate repairs or modification

The MOT tester will also check that:

  • the 13 pin electrical socket is working correctly
  • the speedometer is in good working order
  • the engine mountings are secure

Fuel system

The fuel system will be inspected to check that:

  • there are no leaks
  • the pipes and hoses are secure and in a good condition
  • the fuel cap fastens and seals securely

You should make sure that the key is available as the fuel cap will need to be opened.

Exhaust emissions

The vehicle will be inspected, depending on the age and fuel type of the vehicle, to check that it meets the rules for exhaust emissions.

Diesel vehicles

The MOT tester will refuse to test your vehicle if they think that the smoke test may damage your engine.

You should tell them at the start of the MOT if you think this may happen.

To reduce the possibility of damage and increase the chances of passing, you should:

  • keep your vehicle maintained at all times
  • have the camshaft drive belt replaced at the recommended intervals
  • go for the MOT with a fully warmed up engine - it will produce less smoke and is safer to test
  • not tamper with the governor settings

Exhaust system

The exhaust system will be inspected to check that:

  • it's secure and complete
  • a catalyst isn't missing where one was fitted as standard
  • it's without serious leaks and not too noisy

Seatbelts

The vehicle will be inspected to check that:

  • the mandatory seatbelts are in place
  • they are suitable for the vehicle
  • they are in a good condition
  • they work properly
  • they are attached securely

The malfunction indicator lamps (MILs) or dashboard warning lights will be checked for the:

  • air bags
  • seatbelt pretensioners (which remove the slack from a seatbelt in the event of a collision)
  • seatbelt load limiters (which release a small amount of belt when it's too tight)

Seats

These will be inspected to check that:

  • the driver's seat can be adjusted
  • all seats are securely fitted and that seat backs can be fixed in the upright position

Doors

These will be inspected to check that:

  • the latch is secure in the closed position
  • the front doors open from inside and outside the vehicle
  • the rear doors open from outside the vehicle
  • hinges and catches are secure and in a good condition

Mirrors

The vehicle will be inspected to check for the minimum number of mirrors, their condition and security. Indirect vision devices will also inspected.

Load security

The vehicle will be inspected to check that the boot or tailgate can be closed properly.

Brakes

These will be inspected to check:

  • their condition, including inappropriate repairs or modifications
  • their operation and performance (the efficiency test) - the wheels and trims aren't removed as part of the test
  • the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) (where fitted)

The MILs or dashboard warning lights will also be checked for the ABS, ESC, electronic park brake and brake fluid warning lights.

Tyres and wheels

These will be inspected to check for:

  • condition
  • security
  • tyre size and type
  • tread depth

Spare wheels and tyres are not inspected.

Vehicles first used on or after 1 January 2012 will be checked to make sure the tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) MIL is working.

Registration plates

These will be inspected to check for:

  • condition
  • secure attachment
  • colour
  • characters correctly formed and spaced

Lights

These will be inspected to check:

  • their condition
  • operation, including high intensity discharge (HID) and light emitting diode (LED)
  • the headlamps for cleaning, self levelling and security
  • headlamp aim
  • main beam warning light working

Bonnet

This will be inspected to check that it closes securely.

Wipers and washers

These will be inspected to check that they work properly so the driver has a clear view of the road.

Windscreen

The windscreen will be inspected to check for:

  • condition
  • the driver's view of the road

Horn

This will be inspected to check:

  • that it works properly
  • it's suitable for the vehicle

Steering and suspension

These will be inspected to check:

  • their condition
  • steering oil level
  • they work correctly
  • for inappropriate repairs or modification including corrosion to power steering pipes or hoses
  • that the steering lock mechanism works properly

The MILs or dashboard warning lights will also be checked for the electronic power steering and steering lock.

Vehicle identification number (VIN)

The VIN will be on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. Your car will be inspected to check that a single VIN is displayed, except on multistage build vehicles (eg van conversion, BMW, Alpina etc).

Electrical

Visible electrical wiring and the battery will be checked.