at Thames Valley MOT's
Every car over three years old requires an annual MOT test. Some
customers dread this event, a few even suggest it is worse than going to
the dentist. It needn't be that bad. If your car is properly maintained
the test should not present any great problem. At Thames Valley MOT's
we'll be pleased to carry out the MOT test and, if necessary, we can
arrange for any repairs your car may need.
Our MOT bay is always very busy, especially at the end of each
month as road tax may become due. It takes around 45 minutes to do each
test so we operate an appointment system to avoid excessive waiting. As
the MOT test can be done any time in the month before it expires without
loosing any time on the new certificate we suggest you book up early to
avoid last minute panics.
Hints for a
hassle free MOT
• Book up early within the month before your
• Avoid waiting until the last few days of any
• Preferably have your car regularly serviced.
• Check the simple things - lights - wipers -
washers - horn - tyre condition.
• There is no need to bring
your old MOT as the system is completely computerised.
Is your car
The diesel emissions check involves accelerating the engine 3 -
6 times from idle speed until the governor cuts in. This test has been
developed so that it will not damage your engine provided it is in good
condition. Before we carry out the test we will make several preparatory
checks and also ask some questions.
• We'll ask if the vehicle has been serviced,
and whether the camshaft drive belt has been changed, in accordance with
the manufacturer's recommendations.
• We'll also ask if there is any reason to
think there could be a problem doing the emissions check.
• The diesel smoke test must be carried out
with the engine at its proper working temperature. Help us by arriving
with a fully warmed up engine - it will produce less smoke and is safer
If your car
we'll be pleased to quote for any necessary repairs or you can make your
own arrangements. Whatever your choice we'll carry out a free re-test up
to two weeks from the original test.
View of road •
Seats & Belts •
Fuel system •