MOT Centre Penge

Are you based in South East London and looking for a reliable MOT Centre near me? At We Fix Any Car’s MOT Centre Penge, we have you covered.
If your vehicle is more than three years old you will have to get it MOT tested every year to show that it meets the minimum road safety and environmental standards.
There are different rules if you use the vehicle as a commercial taxi.
An MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test your vehicle met, as far as can be reasonably determined without dismantling, the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. No need to look anywhere else as we are the MOT Centre Penge for you!

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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 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
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.

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
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
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
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)
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
The vehicle will be inspected to check for the minimum number of mirrors, their condition and security. Indirect vision devices will also inspected.
The vehicle will be inspected to check that the boot or tailgate can be closed properly.
These will be inspected to check that they work properly so the driver has a clear view of the road.
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 ABSESC, electronic park brake and brake fluid warning lights.

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 (TPMSMIL is working.

These will be inspected to check for:

  • condition
  • secure attachment
  • colour
  • characters correctly formed and spaced
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
The windscreen will be inspected to check for:

  • condition
  • the driver’s view of the road
This will be inspected to check:

  • that it works properly
  • it’s suitable for the vehicle
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.

Visible electrical wiring and the battery will be checked.
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).

What our MOT Centre Penge will cover in the test?

The MOT test lasts for about 45 minutes.

During the MOT test, our MOT Centre Penge will check the suspension and brakes are in good working order, and the bodywork of the car will also be examined for signs of corrosion or other serious damage. The petrol cap will be checked to ensure it fits properly and that there are no leaks.

In addition, our MOT centre Penge will check your vehicle’s tyres are the correct size and tread – the spare tyre is not included in the test. Your car’s lights, mirrors and doors must all be in good working order and seats and seat-belts will also be scrutinised for safety reasons.

Your car’s registration plates will also be examined to ensure they are visible and secure and the exhaust must not be noisy or be falling off. The vehicle will also need to meet the requirements for exhaust emissions, depending on its age and fuel type.

Our MOT centre Penge will check your car’s windscreen for chips and scratches and that the wipers are working correctly.

It’s a comprehensive MOT test, but it became more rigorous at the start of 2012 when a number of changes took effect. These changes were added to reflect the complexity of modern cars’ electronics. As a result, the ‘pass’ criteria now includes checking the warning lights are working properly for the main beam headlights, power steering, brake fluid, tyre-pressure monitor, seat belt pre-tensioner, electronic parking brake and electronic stability control.

The speedometer must also operate fully and, if any of the lights have been modified to change their colour, your car will fail its MOT test.

The changes also mean that if your vehicle’s battery is not secure or it has a leaking electrolyte, it won’t pass its MOT. Your car’s steering will also be closely examined, checking for absent or dysfunctional steering locks.

In addition, our MOT Centre Penge will check the seats carefully to ensure they move forwards and backwards and can be secured in two or three positions. Doors must easily open and close, tow bars must be free from inappropriate modifications and airbags must function correctly.

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