As a driver in the UK, you will be aware that in order to drive legally your car needs a valid mot certificate. Your MOT check is available from hundreds of garages and mechanics all over the country. For a small mot price, a qualified car checker will carry out a car check and issue you with a certificate if your car passes and is seen to be road worthy.
The British MOT check has changed in recent years to bring it in line with EU standards, and cars are now required to have a valid MOT certificate once they reach three years of age. The tests carried out in the car check are also far more stringent than before, the tests being logged on a national data base. When you check your car in for a MOT check the whole exam will be computerized and it will not simply be carried out by a mechanic.
A car servicing will include checking of the brakes, steering, suspension, alignment, and the corrosion to the chassis and underneath of your vehicle. Asides these visible checks, a computer will carry out tests to check the emission levels as well as the balance of the car and how well your brakes are responding. Although many checks can still be carried out without a computer, all the checks are now logged onto a computer and you will receive a read out at the end of the car mot exam.
When you take your auto to a car checker, the exam carried out is to ensure that your car is road worthy. Faults on your car that are considered dangerous must be corrected straight away, and depending on the severity of the faults you may not be able to drive your car away. For minor faults that can include such simple things as frayed seat belts and warning lights, you will be given a period of time to correct the faults before returning it to the MOT station. Only when you satisfy all the criteria for the exam will you then be issued with a valid certificate that will last for one calendar year.