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Ford MOTs

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Haynes FordStore service department can offer a Class 4 MOT test for £35 (£30 if booked as part of a Motorcraft Service)


If you have a vehicle that is more than three years old, it is required by law to be MOT tested once a year to ensure it meets the road safety and environmental standards set by the government.
We recommend that you bring your car in 3 – 4 weeks prior to the MOT expiry date so that if it fails, you can continue to drive it while awaiting parts. If it passes we can issue a new certificate based on the existing expiry date, giving you up to 13 months until your next test!


What the MOT Test Checks

The MOT test checks all of the following components in order to confirm whether the vehicle is road legal and that it meets the minimum requirements. The following bullet points simply identify which areas of your vehicle are going to be checked.
• Vehicle Structure - Checks to ensure no major corrosion is apparent
• Exhaust Emissions and Exhaust System
• Fuel System - Checks to ensure it will operate securely
• Seats and Seat Belts - Checks to ensure driver's seat is adjustable and seat belts meet safety requirements
• Doors and Mirrors - Checks to sure they are in suitable working order and are in required condition
• Steering and Suspension - Checks to ensure suitable condition of steering mechanisms
• Brakes, Tyres and Wheels - Ensures brakes and tyres meet minimum safety and legal requirements
• Lights, Bonnet and Horn - Checks the condition and operation of lights, bonnet, hatch and horn
• Windscreen, Wipers and Washers - Checks that they all give a satisfactory view of the road
• Registration Plates and VIN (vehicle identification number) - Ensuring plates are legal

Haynes Ford employ fully qualified technicians and will only use the latest diagnostic equipment to ensure that your vehicle has reached the minimum requirement for safety and is roadworthy on the date the certificate is issued. If there are any issues you need to be aware of for future attention, we will inform you of this.

MOT Booking

We would recommend that you book your car in for an MOT 3 - 4 weeks prior to when it is due to expire so that, if it should fail for any reason, you are able to continue driving while you await for any parts required. If your MOT is expiring in the next month or two, book an MOT with us today. It's important to remember that if you are driving with an expired MOT, you could be fined up to £1,000.

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What you can do to prepare for your MOT

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1. Headlights and indicators
Check that all of your car’s lights function properly – headlights, sidelights, rear lights, hazard lights and indicators.

2. Brake lights
Press the brake pedal and ask a friend to check that the rear brake lights come on – including any supplementary brake strip light. Alternatively, carefully reverse up to a reflective surface (window, wall or garage door) and look behind to see for yourself.

3. Number plate
Make sure that the number plate is clean and legible – even a quick wipe with a cloth can make a difference. The font and spacing of letters must also comply with legal requirements to be passed by us.

4. Wheels and tyres
Check that wheels and tyres are undamaged. The minimum legal tyre tread depth is 1.6mm and any tyres with less than this will be marked as an MOT ‘fail’ (though it’s recommended that tyres are changed when tread reaches 3mm).  If you’re in doubt about how much tread is left on a tyre, we can check for you. We can also advise on the type of tyre that is right for your car if a replacement is required.

5. Seats and seatbelts
The driver’s seat should adjust forwards and backwards and all seatbelts should be in good, working order. Test movement of the seat and inspect the seatbelt’s full length for damage. Tug sharply on all seatbelts to check that they react as they’re supposed to if you have to brake severely.
They save your life in a crash, but only if they work properly – inspect the full length for damage and tug sharply on all the seatbelts to check that they react as they’re supposed if you have to brake severely.

6. Windscreen
Check the view out of the front of the car for damage – any damage larger than 40mm will cause a ‘fail’, as will any damage wider than 10mm in the ‘swept’ area of the windscreen in front of the driver.

7. Windscreen wipers
Make sure your wipers are able to keep your windscreen clean – any tears or holes in the wiper rubber can be an MOT fail.

8. Screenwash
Top up the washer bottle before taking the car in for a test – something as simple as an empty container can cause an MOT fail.

9. Horn
Give a short blast of the horn – if it doesn’t work, we will need to repair or replace it.

10. Fuel and engine oil
Make sure your car is filled with enough fuel and engine oil – you can be turned away from the MOT without suitable levels of either, both of which are required by us when running the car to test its emissions levels. If you are unsure about the type of oil that should be used, ask us.
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