We offer MOT tests in Pontypool in our fully equipped autocentre. Established in 1999, our garage has offered vehicle services & MOT’s 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.
MOT tests are a legal requirement in order to ensure your car or van is road legal. If your vehicle is over 3 years old, it must be checked once a year to make sure it is road legal and more importantly safe for you to drive. If your vehicle requires an MOT test, our expert team and fully equipped garage can perform tests on all makes and models of car and van at very competitive prices.
What Is Checked During An MOT Test?
An MOT test is designed to make sure that your vehicle is safe to be on the road and driveable. This means that many of the functional components of your vehicle need to be checked annually. The test involves a comprehensive inspection of your car to test that it is in good working order.
On average an MOT test takes around 60 minutes unless there are any repairs required. Depending on the extent of the repairs needed to make your vehicle road worthy 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 repairing 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 of the areas of your car before your MOT. This can often mean the difference between your vehicle failing initially or not.
All lights need to be in good working order for your vehicle to be road worthy. This is easy to check before the day of your test. Simply check your headlights, high beam, brake lights and any other exterior lights you may have.
If you have lights that require replacing before your MOT, let us know and we can book you in before your test to have this fixed.
Windscreen & Windscreen Wipers
It might be obvious to check these before your test 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 MOT test failing. Make sure your windscreen and wipers are in good working order before your test.
Tyres often go bald so it’s important to keep checking them regularly. If your tyres are bald at the time of your MOT test, your vehicle will fail. If you require new tyres to be fitted, contact us before your test 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 test and topped up to the required level if necessary.
Having an adequate amount of fuel in your vehicle at the time of your test means that we can effectively test the emission levels your car produces, just one of the components of the test.
Failing an MOT Test
If your vehicle fails an MOT test, 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 of a failed test and the next steps to get you back on the road safely.
As it is illegal to drive a vehicle that has failed an MOT test, 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.
MOT Centre South Wales
If you need an MOT in Pontypool, South Wales, then book an appointment with our team today. We always promise to deliver a friendly service with quality results.