We offer MOT tests in our fully equipped autocentre. Established in 1999, our garage has provided vehicle services & MOTs to the people of South Wales for over 20 years. This, as well as offering professional and affordable services, has made us one of the leading car mechanics in Pontypool.
As a legal requirement to ensure your car or van is viable, if it is over 3 years old, it must be checked once a year to make sure it is road safe and legal for you to drive. If your vehicle requires an MOT, our expert team and fully equipped garage can perform tests on all makes and models at competitive prices.
What Is Checked During An MOT Test?
An MOT is designed to make sure that your car or van is safe to be on the road. This means that many of the functional components of your vehicle need to be checked annually. It involves a comprehensive inspection of your car to make sure that it is in good working order.
On average, an inspection takes around 60 minutes unless there are any repairs needed. Depending on the extent of the repairs to make your car or van roadworthy, it may take longer. Our team of trained mechanics will communicate with you through the process and they will inform you if we find any faults that require repair before carrying out the work.
The following components are checked:
- Doors, bonnet, boot and bodywork of the vehicle
- Fuel system
- Exhaust system and emissions
- Seats and seat belts
- Load security
- Tyres and wheels
- Registration plates
- Windscreen, wipers and washers
- Car horn
- Steering and suspension
Things to look for before your MOT
It’s good practice to check some important areas of your car before your assessment. This can often mean the difference between your vehicle failing and passing.
All lights need to be in good working order for your vehicle to be roadworthy. This is easy to check before the day of your inspection. Simply inspect your headlights, high beam, brake lights and any other exterior lights you may have.
If you have lights that require replacing before your inspection, let us know and we can book you in before your assessment to have this fixed.
Windscreen & Windscreen Wipers
It might be obvious to check these beforehand, but they are often overlooked. Your windscreen wipers have to be in a good working order to be road legal. If your wipers do not clear your windscreen effectively, then they may need replacing.
Similarly, if you have a crack or chip in your windscreen that is larger than 40mm, it will result in an assessment failure.
Tyres often go bald, so it’s important to keep checking them regularly. If your tyres are bald at the time of your MOT, your car or van will fail. If you require new tyres to be fitted, contact us before it is due so we can replace them for you.
Oil, Fuel & Other Levels
It’s important to stay on top of the levels in your car and check them regularly. These include the oil in your engine, windscreen wash, coolant and brake & power steering fluid. These can all be checked prior to your inspection and topped up to the required level.
Having an adequate amount of fuel in your vehicle means we can analyse the emission levels your car produces.
Failing an MOT Test
If your vehicle fails an inspection, it may be because of some small faults that require repairs before it is road legal and safe to drive again. Our team will inform you if it fails and the next steps to get you back on the road safely.
As it is illegal to drive a car or van that has failed an MOT, it may void your insurance. It’s always best to have the repairs completed as soon as possible and have your vehicle retested to get you back driving safely and legally.
Frequently Asked Questions
When a vehicle fails its inspection, it no longer meets legal criteria and must be fixed. The report will include remarks on the failure as well as warning issues that should be addressed, but are not yet outside of the boundaries necessary to pass the test.
No, you cannot insure or tax a vehicle that does not have a valid MOT. Driving without a certified test can also render your existing insurance policy void, even if it was covered prior to the expiration of the previous certificate. To prevent further complications, book your new check before your old one expires.
Yes, you can. An examination can be performed up to 28 days before your certificate expires. Don’t worry, you won’t miss any days in between since your new expiry date will be the same as it was on your old certificate, just one year later. This implies that if you take your test 28 days before your current check expires, your new certificate will be valid for 13 months.
The validity of a regular test is 12 months from the date of the test.
Book Your MOT Test In Pontypool
If you need an MOT in South Wales, then book an appointment with our team today. We always promise to deliver a friendly service with quality results.