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The Best MOT Garage in Preston

Apex MOT Car Garage is a highly trusted garage when it comes to MOT for all vehicles. We have a well-equipped and technically advanced garage, specifically designed to provide MOT services for your car, van, truck or bike. If your vehicle's MOT is due, you will struggle to find a better destination than Apex in Preston because we've got the experience, latest MOT equipment and the cheapest rates. It doesn't matter which make or model you drive we offer MOT services for all

The Latest MOT Test Equipment

At Apex MOT Car Garage, our technicians use the latest MOT tools to carry out the entire process. Our technicians will comprehensively inspect your car and let you know if the vehicle needs any repairs. Unlike our competitors we have always kept updating our garage in accordance with the latest MOT standards. That is why car owners approach us with trust whenever they need an MOT.

So if your looking to get your MOT done in Preston, Apex MOT Car Garage is the best choice in Lancashire.

What is an MOT?

The MOT test (Ministry of Transport or simply MOT) is an annual test of vehicle safety, roadworthiness aspects and exhaust emissions required in Great Britain for most vehicles over three years old.

What does a MOT Incorporate?

The MOT test is carried out according to DVSA guidelines and includes a full inspection of the vehicle to make sure it is in a roadworthy condition. The test is carried out by nominated DVSA centres and it must meet the minimum standard set out by DVSA before issuing an MOT certificate. The things checked by Apex MOT Car Garage MOT include:-

Vehicle Identification Number

The first thing that is checked when starting the MOT check procedure is verifying the Vehicle Identification Number, which is commonly referred to as the VIN. It is checked if it is preset and legibly displayed on the vehicle. Every vehicle has its own unique VIN number which includes a unique code with a serial number stamped on the vehicle. The location of the VIN is different in different manufacturer.

Registration plate

The next thing that is checked by the MOT tester is the registration plate. The tester checks the condition, security, legibility and the format of letters and numbers on your registration plate. The spacing and lettering on the number plate must be according to the current regulations and can't be altered in any way.

Lights

The next step in MOT tests is checking the condition, operation, security and colour of your vehicles lights. The test will also check to see if the headlamp aim is correct.

Steering and suspension

The MOT tester will then move on to check the steering and suspension components for correct condition and to check if the operation is correct.

Wipers and washer bottle

In order to give a clear view of the road the MOT the tester will check your vehicle's wipers and washers ensuring they operate properly and give the driver a clear view of the road.

Windscreen

The next check is performed on the vehicle's windscreen to check for any chips or cracks. The maximum damage size is 10mm in the drivers' line of vision or 40mm elsewhere in the remaining area swept by the wiper blades.

Horn

You're tester will then check the horn's operation for effectiveness and suitability.

Seatbelts

The next check is performed to all the seatbelts including those in the rear of the vehicle. These are checked for type, condition, correct operation and security and that all compulsory seatbelts are in place.

Seats

The front seats of your vehicle are checked for security during the MOT test.

Fuel system

The MOT tester will then check the fuel system during the MOT test for leaks and that the fuel cap fastens and seals securely.

Emissions

The MOT test checks your exhaust emissions, making sure that the vehicle is within the specified guidelines and that the exhaust is complete, secure, without serious leaks and silences effectively.

Bodywork

MOT test is a comprehensive checkup hence vehicle structure and body shell are checked during the MOT test for excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas of the vehicle. Any sharp edge can result in an MOT failure.

Doors

The MOT tester will check that the doors open and close correctly and that the latch is secure in a closed position. Front doors should open from both the inside and outside of the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items like rear seatbelts.

Mirrors

The mirrors on your vehicle are also checked during the MOT test for condition and security.

Wheels and tyres

At Apex MOT Car Garage in Preston we will check the vehicle's wheels and tyres for a number of key points: the condition, security, tyre size and type and tread depth.

Brakes

The MOT tester will then check the efficiency of the vehicle's braking performance, condition and operation. Most vehicles are tested on a roller brake tester.

What if your vehicle fails its MOT?

If your vehicle fails an MOT inspection due to a major problem to any of the above mentioned things, your vehicle will fail the test. You'll receive a VT30 certificate outlining the reasons for the failure.

After the problem/s is fixed it will need another MOT. This second test might only be partial to cover only the faults in the first test. The test can also show minor problems with your vehicle and can include ‘advisory notices' on your certificate. One example is that your tyres may be worn below the legal limit.

Although these are minor issues but they should be addressed sooner rather than later because they may get worse and become dangerous.

What happens after you pass the MOT Test?

Passing your MOT test is a big milestone as failing it is a huge drawback and people tend to dump their beloved vehicles if they fail an MOT. After you have passed your MOT you are free to drive your vehicle however you like. Apex MOT Car Garage MOT is a VOSA approved MOT test centre in Preston, Lancashire.

How much does an MOT Test Cost in Preston, Lancashire?

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency sets the maximum fee official test centres can charge for an MOT. It's currently £54.85 for cars and motor caravans and £29.65 for motorbikes, but many garages charge less than this – sometimes up to 50% less to attract customers. Apex MOT Car Garage MOT has all the latest diagnostic and repairing tools needed to perform a quick MOT.

How much time is needed to perform an MOT Test?

On average it takes 45-60 minutes to get a MOT test but if any repairs come to light, it may take significantly longer. At Apex MOT Car Garage MOT you can enjoy tea, coffee, TV and free Wi-Fi while you wait for the test to finish. We also offer class 7 Mot services.