If you are a relatively new car owner, then you might never have had to go through the process of putting your vehicle through an MOT before.

If you’re travelling with your family a lot, as we do, it’s essential to keep those tyres turning and prevent mid journey breakdowns.

I remember one time as a kid, stopped in a layby for hours while my Grandad waited to have his alternator replaced, which ended up being a tow. (Which was a cool time as a kid but meant hours delayed.)

But don’t worry about your MOT, it might sound daunting, and you might spend some time worrying about whether your car is going to be out of action for a while, but like with anything in life, the more you know about it, the less scary it is! In order to help better prepare you for your own trip to the mechanic, here are the key basics of what an MOT usually entails.


● An MOT usually takes between 45 and 60 minutes, but this can vary from shorter to longer depending on how much or how little is wrong with the vehicle.

● After a car is three years old, it is legally required to undergo an MOT test every year to make sure that it meets the standards of road safety.

● In general, the test will involve dozens of small checks on your car to check that everything is running and working to a decent standard. The most important of these checks include checking on the quality and reaction time of the braking system, checking the health of the fuel system, making sure that all lights are working sufficiently, checking the state of all important mirrors, checking the security of each seatbelt within the car, making sure that the windscreen wipers are working, and finally putting the exhaust system through a test.

● Something important to remember is that an MOT test does not generally include checking on the condition of a car’s engine, clutch, or gearbox, so these are the features of your vehicle that you are going to need to pay attention to in a separate manner – best looked at during an annual or interim service.

● A car that fails an MOT test will not be allowed to be driven away from the garage until the problems have been fixed, that is unless the existing MOT certificate that you have is still valid or that you can prove you are taking the car to have the various faults fixed.

● In terms of planning your day around an MOT test, test centres usually require you to drop your vehicle off first thing in the morning, and then contact you when it is ready to be collected.

Of course, at this point, you will know whether you need to make provisions for fixing the faults if you discover that your car has failed its test.

I would suggest you to Book an MOT in London at Iversons for your vehicle.

Their highly professional personal and state of the art facilities will give you authentic results.