MOTs in Orpington at an Approved DVSA Testing Centre
At Church Hill Garage Ltd, we are approved by the DVSA to carry out MOTs on all Class IV vehicles. We display the three triangles logo at our garage to identify that we are an authorised test centre. Because we operate a transparent charging structure, the maximum fee for testing is always displayed. Please contact us for the latest price.
We have a designated test bays at our Orpington workshop where we conduct MOTs using equipment which meets the required specification for MOT testing stations. The standard test procedures are laid out in an inspection manual which is available on request.
If your vehicle fails the test, we will give you a failure document with reference to this manual. We will also retest your vehicle for FREE within 2 weeks. You can watch MOTs being performed from a designated viewing area at our garage in Orpington but you are not allowed to interrupt the tester while he is working under any circumstances.
All MOT testers have been on a training course with the Driver Vehicle and Standards Agency (DVSA), and their test results are checked regularly. Visit our
team page to find out more about our personnel or come in and meet everybody personally.
Who Needs an MOT Certificate?
Everyone who uses a vehicle on the road must keep it in a roadworthy condition. MOTs are used to ensure vehicles meet road safety and environmental standards. The first MOT test for a vehicle is required when it is three years old. There are different rules if it’s used as a taxi. Motorists in Orpington can book in for MOTs a month ahead of an expiry date.
The MOT Certificate
The MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test, without dismantling it, the vehicle meets the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. It doesn’t mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the length of time the certificate is valid.
MOTs are no guarantee of the general mechanical condition of your vehicle. The test does not cover the condition of the engine, the clutch or the gearbox.
What the MOT Test Includes
MOTs look at important items on the car of Orpington motorists to ensure they meet key legal minimum requirements at the time the test is conducted.
Components to be Inspected
The following items are featured in all MOTs conducted at Church Hill Garage Ltd, an approved testing facility located in Orpington.
Body or Vehicle Structure and General Items
Body must be free from excessive corrosion or damage to specific areas. There must be no sharp edges present which are likely to cause injury. Tow barschecked for security, condition, inappropriate repairs or modification. Correct operation of 13-pin electrical socket required. Speedometer condition and operation. Engine mountings inspected.
No leaks present. Check security and condition of pipes or hoses. Fuel cap must fasten and seal securely. Note the fuel cap will need to be opened so make sure the key is available.
Vehicle must meet the minimum legal requirements for exhaust emissions dependent on the age and the fuel type of the vehicle undergoing inspection.
Must be secure and complete. Check to see if catalytic convertor is missing when one was fitted as standard. Check for DPF. Must not have serious leaks or be too noisy.
All the seat belts fitted are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All mandatory seat belts must be in place. Check malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) for air bags and seat belt pre-tensioners.
Driver’s seat can be adjusted. All seats checked for security and seat backs inspected to ensure they can be secured in the upright position.
Latch securely in closed position. Front doors should open from inside and outside of the vehicle. Rear doors should open from outside the vehicle. Hinges and catches inspected for security and condition.
Minimum number required. Condition and security checked.
Boot or tailgate must secure in the closed position.
Condition checked including signs of inappropriate repairs or modifications, operation and performance (efficiency test). Note the removal of the road wheels and trims are not part of the test. ABS or Electronic Stability Control (ESC) where fitted. Check of the MIL for ABS, electronic stability control, electronic park brake and brake fluid warning.
Tyres and Wheels
Condition, security, tyre size and type and tread depth checked. Spare tyres are not inspected. Please note that vehicles first used on or after 1st January 2012 must undergo an inspection of the MIL for tyre pressure monitoring.
Condition, security, colour, characters correctly formed and spaced.
Condition, operation including HID and LED headlamps for cleaning, self-levelling and security. Headlamp aim. Main beam warning light.
Securely latches in the closed position.
Wipers and Washers
Must operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.
Check for condition and driver’s view of the road.
Correct operation and of suitable type.
Steering and Suspension
Condition, steering oil level, operation, a check for inappropriate repairs or modification including corrosion to power steering pipes or hoses. Operation of steering lock mechanism. Check of the MIL for electronic power steering and steering lock.
The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
On vehicles first used on or after 1stAugust 1980. Only one unique VIN is displayed except on multistage build vehicles.
Who Supervises the MOT Scheme?
The DVSA is the government agency responsible for supervising MOTs, having superseded VOSA in 2012. The MOT scheme is subsequently upheld or supervised by the following:
- Authorising MOT test stations and approving MOT testers
- Setting standards for testing and requirements for authorisation for the MOT test station and testers
- Training authorised examiners and MOT testers
- Visiting MOT test stations and carrying out checks to ensure testing standards and facilities are maintained
- Giving advice and taking disciplinary action where tests are not being carried out to the required standards
- Dealing with appeals and complaints from MOT customers
Call Church Hill Garage Ltd on 01689 821836
to book in for MOTs at a DVSA approved testing facility located in Orpington.