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Here at Greenford Service Station, we want all our customers to pass an MOT the first time round, so we have created a list of points to check yourself before arriving for your MOT test.

  • The lights on your vehicle need to be in good working order. This will include all the lights on your vehicle for example headlights, sidelights, brake lights, vehicle registration lights and brake lights.
  • You should ensure the tyres are fully inflated (use your vehicle handbook for the correct tyre pressures) and must have at least 1.6mm of tread round the tyre. Unusual wear can emphasise an issue, in that case bring your car down to Greenford Service Station for a tyre check.
  • If you hear any excessive rattling or noises when your engine is running, this may be insinuating a problem with the exhaust system of the vehicle.
  • Inspect the oil levels of the vehicle. Take off your dipstick from the engine and give it a wipe. Place it back in the engine and proceed to removing it again. The oil level should be in the middle of the minimum and maximum inscriptions (check the vehicle handbook for any specific instructions). Ensure the car is parked on an even surface when you carry out this check.
  • The wipers and washers should be in proper condition to warrant a clear view of the road ahead. If your wipers are tearing or the washer feed is blocked, it may need attention before your MOT.
  • Confirm the braking system of the vehicle is in good working order. If the vehicle leans to one side whilst the brakes are applied, it could suggest an issue which requires attention before the MOT is undertaken. It your vehicle has alloy wheels installed; it could be possible to perform a visual check of the braking system
    without detaching the wheel. Examine the brake discs or pitted brake discs for excessive wear as this may indicate the brakes need replacing.


If your vehicle fails an MOT and is unable to meet the standards put in place DVSA, the vehicle must repaired before an MOT pass certificate can be issued. Road tax cannot be renewed without a valid MOT certificate as this is a legal requirement in the UK.

The selected test centre will issue information on the areas of which the vehicle failed and will further be able to advice to correct any issues highlighted during the MOT test. Please note Greenford Service Station might be incapable of carrying out some types of required work if the vehicle fails MOT. For more information please contact us .

If you believe the selected Mot tester has been unjust, an appeal can be made against the decision. Please enquire for a VT17 form which will explain how to make an appeal against results of an MOT test.

There are circumstances as to which you may be entitled to a free MOT re-test.



The DVSA instructs that there only two circumstances which grants the MOT re-test free of charge:


  1. If the failed vehicle is left at the testing station for repair and re-test, ensuring the vehicle does not leave the testing station, then the re-test is free.
  2. If the vehicle fails due to one or more specific items (listed below), provided the automobile is returned for re-test by the end of the next working day, then no fee applies.


Free Retest Criteria

  • Bonnet
  • Boot lid
  • Brake pedal anti-slip device
  • Direction indicators
  • Doors
  • Drop-sides
  • Fuel filler cap
  • Hazard warning
  • Horn
  • Lamps
  • Loading door
  • Mirrors
  • Rear reflectors
  • Registration plates
  • Seat belts (*not anchorages*)
  • Seats
  • Sharp edges or projections
  • Steering wheel
  • Tailboard
  • Tyres
  • Vehicle registration number (VIN)
  • Windscreen and glass
  • Windscreen washer and wipers
  • Wheels

*if the tested vehicle fails an emissions test due to defective exhaust components, it might not be necessary to replace the entire exhaust system. A small leak in the exhaust can affect test readings therefore have the exhaust components checked before submitting the vehicle for the annual MOT test*

* Required