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MOT

Latimer Garage Services is a VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) approved MOT testing station based in Chesham.

We can MOT test all models of cars, 4x4s and vans, and are one of the few MOT test centres in the area to offer testing for Class 7 Commercial Vehicles.

To book your vehicle in for an MOT contact us now.

What is an MOT?

The MOT (Ministry of Transport) test makes sure your vehicle is roadworthy. It is required by law to be carried out once a year, but your responsibility as a vehicle owner is to make sure your car is roadworthy at all times. If you are stopped at any time, and your car isn't roadworthy, you could be fined or prosecuted, depending on the defects and how severe they are.

How often do I need an MOT?

A car should have its first MOT when it is three years old. After that, the MOT should be carried out annually. There are different rules if you use it as a taxi, or your vehicle has more than 8 seats, so check https://www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot/the-mot-test for full details.

Are you a Class 7 MOT Testing Centre?

Yes. We are pleased to be one of the few MOT centres in the area to offer Class 7 Commercial Vehicle MOT testing.

Can you collect my vehicle?

We know that taking time out to get your vehicle tested can be disruptive and time-consuming, so we are happy to collect and deliver from your home or office.

Contact us now to see how we can best help.

Do you offer courtesy cars?

We can offer a courtesy car while your vehicle is having its MOT test, meaning you can carry on and don't need to put your life on hold!

Contact us now and we will see how we can help.

What does the MOT test involve?

The MOT test checks some key items on your vehicle to make sure they meet legal minimum requirements. Remember that the test is a snapshot in time, and if your car falls beneath these minimum requirements between MOT tests, it is important you get it fixed immediately as your responsibility as an owner is to have it roadworthy at all times.

What exactly do you test in an MOT test?

The government guidelines for MOT tests state that the following should be tested during an MOT:

Body, vehicle structure and general items

These will be inspected to check that:
  • they're free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas
  • there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury
Towbars Towbars will be inspected for:
  • secureness
  • condition
  • inappropriate repairs or modification
The MOT tester will also check that:
  • the 13 pin electrical socket is working correctly
  • the speedometer is in good working order
  • the engine mountings are secure
Fuel system The fuel system will be inspected to check that:
  • there are no leaks
  • the pipes and hoses are secure and in a good condition
  • the fuel cap fastens and seals securely
You should make sure that the key is available as the fuel cap will need to be opened. Exhaust emissions The vehicle will be inspected, depending on the age and fuel type of the vehicle, to check that it meets the rules for exhaust emissions. Diesel vehicles The MOT tester will refuse to test your vehicle if they think that the smoke test may damage your engine. You should tell them at the start of the MOT if you think this may happen. To reduce the possibility of damage and increase the chances of passing, you should:
  • keep your vehicle maintained at all times
  • have the camshaft drive belt replaced at the recommended intervals
  • go for the MOT with a fully warmed up engine - it will produce less smoke and is safer to test
  • not tamper with the governor settings
Exhaust system The exhaust system will be inspected to check that:
  • it's secure and complete
  • a catalyst isn't missing where one was fitted as standard
  • it's without serious leaks and not too noisy
Seatbelts The vehicle will be inspected to check that:
  • the mandatory seatbelts are in place
  • they are suitable for the vehicle
  • they are in a good condition
  • they work properly
  • they are attached securely
The malfunction indicator lamps (MILs) or dashboard warning lights will be checked for the:
  • air bags
  • seatbelt pretensioners (which remove the slack from a seatbelt in the event of a collision)
  • seatbelt load limiters (which release a small amount of belt when it's too tight)
Seats These will be inspected to check that:
  • the driver's seat can be adjusted
  • all seats are securely fitted and that seat backs can be fixed in the upright position 2.8Doors
These will be inspected to check that:
  • the latch is secure in the closed position
  • the front doors open from inside and outside the vehicle
  • the rear doors open from outside the vehicle
  • hinges and catches are secure and in a good condition
Mirrors The vehicle will be inspected to check for the minimum number of mirrors, their condition and security. Indirect vision devices will also inspected. Load security The vehicle will be inspected to check that the boot or tailgate can be closed properly. Brakes These will be inspected to check:
  • their condition, including inappropriate repairs or modifications
  • their operation and performance (the efficiency test) - the wheels and trims aren't removed as part of the test
  • the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) (where fitted)
The MILs or dashboard warning lights will also be checked for the ABS, ESC, electronic park brake and brake fluid warning lights. Tyres and wheels These will be inspected to check for:
  • condition
  • security
  • tyre size and type
  • tread depth
Spare wheels and tyres are not inspected. Vehicles first used on or after 1 January 2012 will be checked to make sure the tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) MIL is working. Registration plates These will be inspected to check for:
  • condition
  • secure attachment
  • colour
  • characters correctly formed and spaced
Lights These will be inspected to check:
  • their condition
  • operation, including high intensity discharge (HID) and light emitting diode (LED)
  • the headlamps for cleaning, self levelling and security
  • headlamp aim
  • main beam warning light working
Bonnet This will be inspected to check that it closes securely. Wipers and washers These will be inspected to check that they work properly so the driver has a clear view of the road. Windscreen The windscreen will be inspected to check for:
  • condition
  • the driver's view of the road
Horn This will be inspected to check:
  • that it works properly
  • it's suitable for the vehicle
Steering and suspension These will be inspected to check:
  • their condition
  • steering oil level
  • they work correctly
  • for inappropriate repairs or modification including corrosion to power steering pipes or hoses
  • that the steering lock mechanism works properly
The MILs or dashboard warning lights will also be checked for the electronic power steering and steering lock. Vehicle identification number (VIN) The VIN will be on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. Your car will be inspected to check that a single VIN is displayed, except on multistage build vehicles (eg van conversion, BMW, Alpina etc). Electrical Visible electrical wiring and the battery will be checked. More information For more information, consult the MOT inspection manual