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Why its Needed?

An MOT is a legal requirement by critiered by the DVSA and enforced by the government. An MOT inspection is carried out by a qualified mechanic whom is DVSA approved.This inspection has to be done at least once a year, as it is a legal requirement it has to pass the inspection in order to be road safe.

The MOT has many elements which needs to be checked and identifies if it is road worthy these include tyres, breaks and lights etc. a typical MOT on average can last between 45 minutes to an hour however with custom house MOT we try our best to make you feel comfortable and offer complimentary tea or coffee.

If a vehicle does not pass the MOT inspection then the DVSA examiner will tell the customer what needs to be done in order to pass the MOT. When you come to Custom house MOT all you will need to bring is the vehicle which is need of an annual MOT checkup. Due to an MOT being an annual inspection we would advise you to have the MOT inspection around 4 weeks before the MOT runs out.

Step 1

While you wait

The MOT test takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Our MOT centre is fully equipped with proffesional testers and mechanics. They boost the process so you can be back on your track.

Step 2

Vehicle Idenification Number

The MOT test checks that the Vehicle Identification Number, commonly referred to as the VIN,
is present and legibly displayed on the vehicle. The VIN is a unique code including a serial number that is stamped on the vehicle. The location of the VIN varies from one vehicle manufacturer to the next.

Step 3

Registration Plate

The MOT tester will check the condition, security, legibility and the format of letters and numbers on your registration plate.
The spacing and lettering on the number plate must meet current regulations and should not be altered in any way.

Step 4


The MOT test checks the condition, operation, security and colour of your vehicles lights. The test will also check to see if the headlamp aim is correct.

Step 5

Steering & Suspension

The MOT tester will also check the steering and suspension components for correct condition and that the operation is correct.

Step 6

Wipers and Washer Bottle

During the MOT the tester will check your vehicle's wipers and washers ensuring they operate properly and give the driver a clear view of the road.

Step 7


During the MOT the tester will check your vehicle's windscreen for any chips or cracks. The maximum damage size is 10mm in the drivers’ line of vision or 40mm elsewhere in the remaining area swept by the wiper blades

Step 8


The MOT test will cover the horn’s operation for effectiveness and suitability..

Step 9


All seatbelts including those in the rear of the vehicle are checked for type, condition, correct operation and security and that all compulsory seatbelts are in place.

Step 10


Your vehicle’s front seats are checked for security during the MOT test.

Step 11

Fuel system

The fuel system is checked during the MOT test for leaks and that the fuel cap fastens and seals securely.

Step 12


The MOT test checks your exhaust emissions, ensuring that the vehicle is within the specified guidelines and that the exhaust is complete, secure, without serious leaks and silences effectively..

Step 13


Vehicle structure and body shell are checked during the MOT test for excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas of the vehicle. Any sharp edge can result in an MOT failure.

Step 14


The MOT tester will check that the doors open and close correctly and that the latch is secure in a closed position. Front doors should open from both the inside and outside of the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items like rear seatbelts.

Step 15


The mirrors on your vehicle are checked during the MOT test for condition and security.

Step 16

Wheels and Tyres

The nominated MOT tester will check the vehicle's wheels and tyres for a number of key points: the condition, security, tyre size and type and tread depth..

Step 17


Brakes The MOT tests the efficiency of the vehicle's braking performance, condition and operation. Most vehicles are tested on a roller brake tester.