MOT Checklist

To find out what is included in Universal Tyres’ MOT checks, we have broken it down into four main categories.
Please see below for a more in-depth breakdown.

Interior Checks

These checks take in the operational aspects of the vehicle’s interior, including dashboard lights, seat belt operation, various switches and controls, speedometer and more.

  • Seatbelts & Seat (attachments, adjustments etc.)
  • Dashboard Warning Lights
  • Switches/Controls (headlights, headlight adjustment, indicators, windscreen wipers etc.)
  • Doors
  • Horn Operation
  • Mirrors (present, adjustable)
  • View out of Front and Rear Windows
  • Steering Wheel and Column (fully operational, not damaged)
  • Pedal Operation

Exterior Checks

With nearly a third of all MOTs failing on lighting faults, this is particularly important to consider. Check your lights before taking your car in for its MOT, including all headlights, brake lights and indicators.

Simple things such as topping up window washer fluid and checking that wipers blades are in a good condition can be done before the test, avoiding undue failure for minimal reasons.

  • Wheels (condition)
  • Tyres (condition, pressure, tread depth)
  • Bodywork (general condition, free from corrosion)
  • Headlights, Indicators and Other External Lamps
  • Glazing
  • Towbars, if Applicable (electrical socket, general condition, lights)
  • Registration Plate (present, visible)
  • Boot and Bonnet (open/close correctly)
  • External Mirrors
  • Shock Absorbers
  • Fuel Tank Cap
  • Wiper Blades

Under Bonnet Checks

The checks that take place under the bonnet are for things that require an expert eye, and are difficult to prepare for for the average vehicle owner.

  • Braking System
  • Suspension
  • Steering (incl. Power Steering)
  • Exhaust System
  • Fuel System

Under Vehicle Checks

While only around 10% of MOTs fail due to tyre issues, this can be a particularly frustrating reason not to pass, as a simple pre-MOT check could have detected problems with pressure and tread depth.

  • Suspension System
  • Wheels & Wheel Bearings (condition)
  • Tyres (condition, pressure, tread depth)
  • Fuel System and Tank
  • General Condition
  • Exhaust System
  • Emissions (acceptable levels)

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