We have our own Pontarddulais MOT facility where one of our technicians will conduct your test. If any work is required this can be completed on your request and we will take the vehicle back for a retest at no extra charge.
What is an MOT Test?
An MOT test is conducted to assess a vehicles safety, emissions and road worthiness. It is a required test in the UK for any car that is more than three years old and should be conducted annually. Theses checks are in place to ensure that your vehicle is safe for the driver, passengers and other road users.
Only approved and licenced garages with technicians that have been officially certified by the DVSA (formerly VOSA) can carry out MOT tests. By law they must be a certified testing station and have this information displayed. Any vehicle that requires and does not have a valid MOT certificate are not legally allowed to drive on UK roads. Drivers may find their insurance becomes invalid if they do so.
Most cars, 4x4s and vans undergo a Class 4 MOT, other vehicles such as motorbikes, goods vehicles (between 3,000-3,500kg). Vehicles with more than twelve seats undergo a different test and are done so under another classification.
At Trostre Tyres, Pontarddulais we offer Class 4 Mot Tests only but are more than happy to help you arrange a test on another vehicle class if required.
What is a Class 4 MOT?
The following list of vehicles are tested under class 4:
- Cars with up to 8 passengers
- Dual Purpose Vehicles (vehicles designed to carry both passengers and goods, weighing no more than 2,040kg)
- Motorised caravans/ camper vans
- Private passenger vehicles with 9-12 passenger seats
- Taxis and ambulances
- Three-wheeled vehicles over 450kg (curb weight)
- Quad bikes up to 400kg (curb weight) or for goods vehicles 500kg (curb weight) and a maximum net power of 15 kw.
What does an MOT check?
A full list of items checked on an MOT can be found on the DVSA website here.
Most common MOT failures
The majority of MOT failures are caused by issues that are easy to identify and in many cases can be rectified at home. With lighting and signalling issues consistently being the most frequent area of MOT failure, costly failures can be avoided in many cases. According to the DVSA, in 2014 / 2015 these were the five most common areas of MOT failure:
- Lighting and signalling: 18.4% of all tests (5 million)
- Suspension: 12% of failures (3.3 million)
- Brakes: 9.6% of failures (2.6 million)
- Tyres: 7.4% (2 million)
- Obstructions to driver’s view of the road: 6.6% (1.8 million)