MOT What's checked

Key Vehicle Components

The MOT test looks at a number of key vehicle components, which depending on the condition of those components, could add up to a fail or a pass. However, the test does not cover the overall condition of the engine, the clutch or the gearbox.

Check out which vehicle components are checked by clicking the dots below.

MOT hotspots
    • Tyres, Wheels & TPMs
    • Brakes
    • Body/Vehicle Structure and general items
    • Electrical Wiring and battery
    • Towbar
    • Boot and tailgate
    • Horn
    • Fuel system
    • Exhaust system
    • Exhaust emissions
    • Registration plate
    • Mirrors
    • Lights: front, rear, indicators
    • Windscreen
    • Wipers and washers
    • Seatbelt system
    • Seats
    • Bonnet
    • Doors
    • Steering and suspension

If you'd like to know more about how you can make sure you're ready for you MOT test, take a look at How to prepare for an MOT.

You don't want to miss anything! Here's the full list of what gets checked:

  • Tyres, Wheels & TPMs
  • Brakes & Horn
  • Reg plate
  • Bonnet & Mirrors
  • Seats & Seat belt System
  • Steering & Suspension
  • Windscreen, Wipers & Washers
  • Electrical Wiring & Battery
  • Tow bar, Boot & Tailgate
  • Fuel System, Exhaust System, Exhaust Emissions
  • Doors, Body/Vehicle Structure & General Items
  • Lights, Front, Rear and Indicators


Everything that gets tested by HiQ during an MOT is in line with the DVSA’s MOT inspection manual, which explains in more detail:

  • Every item that is tested
  • How the MOT Tester will check each component
  • Example reasons why components can be failed