MOT

MOT Test At Pentagon

At Pentagon all our service workshops have a VOSA approved MOT test bay where we conduct MOT tests using authorised equipment specially designed for MOT testing.

Hopefully your Group will pass first time, and if it does we’ll issue you with a MOT certificate that confirms that your vehicle has met the environmental and road safety standards required by law.

All our MOT Testers are VOSA approved and have completed a rigorous training regime to qualify. They must also be a skilled mechanic with a minimum of four years’ experience and are checked regularly to ensure they maintain our high standards.

What Is Checked During An MOT Test?

During an MOT test our technician will looks at many parts of your vehicle to ensure each one meets the minimum legal requirement. The MOT Test will check:

Body and Structure 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.
Fuel System 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.
Exhaust System The exhaust meets the requirements for exhaust emissions, depending on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.
The exhaust system is secure, complete, without serious leaks and silences effectively.
Seat Belts Seat belts are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seat belts must be in place.
Seats Seats are secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position.
Doors 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.
Mirrors

Mirrors are in place, in good condition and secure.

Boot The boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.
Brakes The brakes are in good condition and the operation and performance (efficiency test) is satisfactory. Note the removal of the road wheels is not part of the test.
Tyres and Wheels The tyres and wheels are in good condition, secure, of the correct size and type and tread depth is sufficient. Spare tyres are not inspected.
Number Plate The registration plates are in good condition and secure and that the characters are correctly formed and spaced.
Bonnet The bonnet securely latches in the closed position.
Wipers and Windscreen Wipers and washers operate to give the driver a clear view ahead. The windscreen is in good condition and the driver's view of the road is clear.
Horn The horn operates correctly and is of a suitable type. 
Steering Steering and suspension are of a satisfactory condition and operation.
VIN Number 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.

 

Improve Your Chance Of Passing The MOT Test First Time

Around 4 out of 5 vehicles will pass their MOT test first time. The chance of any car passing is dependent on a number of factors (such as age, mileage and most importantly the overall condition of your vehicle) but you can increase the chance of your vehicle passing first time by following these simple tips.

  1. Check your tyres. Tread depth needs to be at least 1.6mm. Tyres should also be correctly inflated with no damage to the sides.
  2. Check your lights and that the indicators are working properly. Replace any faulty bulbs.
  3. Make sure that the horn is working.
  4. Ensure there is no excessive damage to damage to the windscreen. If you have any chips or small cracks it might be worth checking with your insurance company to see if it can be repaired by a firm like Autoglass or Autowindscreens free of charge before the damage gets worse (which it eventually will) and the whole windscreen needs replacing.
  5. Top up the brake fluid, windscreen wash and engine oil levels.
  6. Check that the windscreen wipers are not damaged or split and clear water properly.

What If My Vehicle Fails Its MOT Test?

If your vehicle fails the test, it will be because the Government guidelines have been breached and your vehicle is deemed unfit for road use. The VOSA approved technician who carried out the test will give you a failure document detailing what specific item(s) has failed.

Items that failed should be repaired or replaced (we’ll give you a competitive all-inclusive quotation for this including parts and labour) and then vehicle will need to be retested. If the repairs have been carried out by us we’ll be happy carry out the MOT retest free of charge.

We want to rectify the problem for you and we will always look for the most cost-effective way of achieving a pass without compromising your safety.

Service You Can Trust

At Pentagon everything we do is strictly monitored by VOSA and as with all MOT test stations our failure rates must reflect national averages. Were we to carry out unnecessary work we could lose our licence – and you, our customer. So you can rest assured that it won’t happen at Pentagon.

To book your vehicle in call your nearest Pentagon Service Centre or visit our Service & MOT booking page.

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