Choosing an MOT test centre for your vehicle’s up and coming test can be a daunting process. With so many garages offering eye-catching deals to secure your business, it can sometimes feel like you are being bombarded. At Bromley Car Repairs we don’t believe in ‘reeling you in’ we simply offer you honest staff, professional testing and expert advice from an accredited garage. We will never sell you services and repairs you don’t need, priding ourselves on transparent pricing, our priority is always ensuring your safety.
Let us take the stress of finding a car MOT and service centre for you, book in with us today and receive nothing but an experienced, professional and honest service. We also offer digital service histories for those with modern vehicles where the service book is kept online, keeping everything in one place for you.
It can be a stressful time when your test finally comes back around, with these simple steps, you can prepare your car to pass:
By following these simple steps, you could save your car from failing its MOT test check and from spending more money in the long run.
No, this is illegal and unsafe. There is also no grace period, so making sure you get it booked in before your current date is crucial.
As well as this, your tax will also be void as you cannot tax your car without an up to date test certificate.
The only exceptions of this are:
- If you’re driving your car to an already booked in appointment
- If your car is over 40 years old, these cars do not require an MOT
We take pride in giving each of our customers the best service, ensuring that your car is safe to drive. Our tests typically take between 45 minutes to an hour. If you don’t feel like waiting around, we are only a short walk from Bromley city centre, you can leave your car with us while you shop, or we can drop you off.
You will receive a certificate stating the date each year your car passes, if this has been misplaced you can check on the GOV website, or simply give us a call.
Our brake checks are something that we take extra care with, making sure that your brakes are performing well, checking the condition and operation. We take the time to check the secondary and parking brakes, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and the electronic braking system (EBS). Included in this is checking your brake fluid levels.
Your seats will be checked during the test, making sure the seat belts are of a good condition and are not torn or frayed, and that the buckles are not damaged. We will check the seats in several different positions to ensure that they remain secure, it is particularly vital that seats include a locking mechanism in any positioning.
When we test the doors, we’re making sure they open and close properly from both the inside and outside, that the load space doors are able to be secured in a closed position, and we inspect any door hinges and catches for deterioration that may impact the functionality of the doors.
We will make sure that your exhaust is meeting the right guidelines which include ensuring that it is secure, complete and has no leaks. One of these checks include checking the exhaust system of vehicles with an internal combustion engine, this includes hybrid vehicles, as well as any defective exhaust mountings and the overall security of the exhaust system.
Your car goes through a lot over the years, which is why we check for the overall condition of your car’s bodywork. Searching for any excessive corrosion, bad damage or even sharp edges which could result in a failed MOT. We will check all body panels, spoilers, undertrays and mirror housings.
We will check the fuel system on any vehicles with internal combustion engines and hydrogen fuel cells. We check to see if your fuel cap fastens correctly and securely, and that there is no chance for any fuel leaks which can be hazardous. We can check for leaks on gas powered vehicles by using a leak detection product.
Although you may not think of your horn, we include this in all of our tests, making sure it is in good working order. Your horn is vital to alert those around you of any potentially dangerous situations.
Your vehicle registration number will be checked to make sure it is clearly visible on your vehicle. Although this is not always in the same position and can vary depending on vehicles, it must always be legible and effectively displayed. Make sure to just give your number plate a quick clean prior to bringing your vehicle in to ensure it passes this check.
The condition of your mirrors will be checked to make sure they are in a safe condition for driving. We will check for any damage to the casing, any cracks in the mirrors that could result in an impaired view, and that the mirrors can be moved and adjusted easily.
Your steering and suspension are huge factors to look at and our experienced mechanics will ensure that they carry out these checks thoroughly. We make sure that the steering and suspension are both in good condition, with all components working together and correctly.
Your tyres must always meet the standard guidelines for your safety and others around you on the road. The guidelines include having the correct pressure, the correct tread depth of at least 1.6mm and no bumps or bulges. During your car MOT and service, we will look for the overall condition of the tyre, the size and tread depth. This is to ensure that your tyres have good traction in all driving conditions, reducing the likelihood of skidding and causing accidents.
Cracks and chips in windscreens are very common due to stones and even the weather, these can have a reasonable effect on your safety. Our MOT centre will check for any damage that is in line with the driver’s vision, as well as the size of the chips. The maximum size for a chip is 10mm and can easily be filled by a professional before your MOT.
A clean view is crucial for safe driving, which is why we check the condition of your current wipers and washer. We will check that your washer fluid is being correctly dispensed and that the wipers are effectively clearing debris and dirt from your windshield. It’s also important that your wipers work efficiently at all speed settings, ensuring you can drive in various conditions, this test is included in our checks as well.