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MOT – Changes to the MOT Test

MOT – Changes to the MOT Test

The MOT test changed earlier this year and will effect almost every car in the UK over 3 years old.  The good news is that any defects found during the test are now categorised as  DangerousMajor or Minor. The categories depend on the type of defect and how serious it is.  They have also changed the layout of the certificate too.

So its not just a simple pass or fail anymore and its caused some confusion across the country.  In simple terms the new categories “Dangerous” and “Major” are essentially failure items and require immediate repair to get an MOT Pass.  The new “Minor” category is considered an MOT Pass but should be repaired as soon as possible so can be considered like an advisory on the old MOT certificate.

Will my diesel car pass the new emissions test?  If your car is regulatory serviced and in good condition you probably have no need to worry but poorly maintained vehicles may find the new lower emissions standard hard to meet as the limits have been drastically reduced. Removal or tampering with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) or catalytic converter will now result in an automatic fail.

An Engine Management light or Air bag fault are now part of the test along with under inflated tyres, Brake fluid contamination and reverse lights

The good news is our job as MOT testers is still to keep you safe.  At Cavendish we want your car to pass its test first time so encourage our customers to keep up regular maintenance as prevention is always better than cure.

If you have any questions regarding the new test please just ask.