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    What is the purpose of your MOT?

    During your Isle of Skye MOT we’ll check important parts of your car to make sure they meet all the legal requirements for performance and safety.

    Your car requires an MOT once per year (applies once the car is 3 years old) to ensure it complies with key roadworthiness and environmental requirements

    In most cases, it’s illegal to drive without an MOT. The only exception to this rule is if you are driving your car to a pre-booked MOT test or taking your car into the garage to get repaired. 

    Driving your car without an MOT is not worth the hassle of a fixed £60 penalty notice, a fine of up to £2,500 and a potential charge of 6-8 penalty points or a driving ban.

    Our Isle of Skye MOTs will help ensure you avoid any unnecessary punishments, keep you and your passengers safe and give you peace of mind that your car isn’t causing any avoidable environmental damage. 

    Are MOTs and Car Services the same thing?

    No. MOTs are mandatory tests carried out on vehicles to make sure they are roadworthy and meet minimum requirements.

    Driving without an MOT can lead to fines and points on your license.

    A service is used to keep your car in peak condition as per the manufacturer’s guidelines. Regular servicing can reduce the likelihood of your vehicle having major issues in future and can help spot any problems before they develop.

    What’s more… keeping detailed service records can help maintain the value of your car at a higher level should you decide to sell it later.

    You can read more about out servicing on our Servicing page.

    How much does an MOT cost?

    The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency set the fees that can be charged to MOT your vehicle.

    This way you can know for sure you are getting value for money.

    At Highland Motors we follow the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency guidelines. Our MOTs cost £54.85 for Cars, Taxis, light Vans and small minibuses.

    What is checked during an MOT?

    We check some of the most important parts of your vehicle when conducting your MOT. 

    Below you’ll see a checklist of some of the main areas and items on your vehicle that will be checked during your MOT. You can take a look through these prior to arrival and may be able to address some yourself before taking your car in to Highland Motors. 

    Headlights and indicators – We’ll check for any faulty or broken bulbs.

    Brake lights – We’ll check your brake lights are functioning properly. You can check this yourself by asking someone to check the brake lights come on when you press the brake pedal. 

    Tyres – We’ll check to make sure your car tyres meet the minimum legally required tread depth of 1.6mm. 

    One way to check this yourself is to place a match ‘head down’ in the tyre tread. If this tyre tread does not rise above the red match head, then it is more than likely that your tyre is below the minimum legally required tread depth. 

    We’ll check to make sure your tyres are free from any splits, bulges or cuts. 

    We’ll also check your tyre pressure. You can check your recommended tyre pressure, by looking at the inside seam of your drivers’ door. Here you will find a sticker stating the recommended tyre pressure for your vehicle. 

    Breaks – We check your breaks to make sure they are performing propely.

    Seats and seatbelts – We’ll check to make sure your seatbelts latch and fasten securely and inspect for any damage that may affect safety and functionality. One way to check this yourself is to fasten your seatbelt then give the belt a sharp tug to make sure the belt locks as expected. 

    Windscreen – Should the windscreen have any damage larger than 40mm within the whole wiper area, this will cause the MOT to fail. If there is damage wider than 10mm in front of or impairing the drivers central view this will also cause an MOT failure. 

    Windscreen wipers – We’ll check to make sure your wipers clean the screen effectively along with washers that function correctly.

    Steering & Suspension – All steering and suspension components are checked. 

    Horn – You can give the horn a quick blast – if it doesn’t work or isn’t loud enough this will need to be fixed before you can pass your MOT.

    Exhaust – We’ll check your exhaust to ensure its functioning as expected at a normal temperature without making any unusual or overly loud noises. 

    Fuel and engine oil – We’ll check your oil levels, but it’s always good to check this regularly and make sure you keep this topped up to avoid any issues in the future. 

    How long does an MOT take?

    Most MOTs take approximately one hour should no issues be identified.

    What happens when my car passes its MOT?

    Happily, most cars pass their MOT without any concerns. When this happens you’ll be issued with an MOT certificate which is valid for the next year.

    Your passed MOT will also be recorded on the MOT database.

    What happens when my car fails its MOT?

    Your vehicle can fail its MOT if our tests identify any ‘dangerous’ or ‘major’ problems or defects. In this case, you will receive a refusal of an MOT test certificate and the failure will be recorded on the MOT database.

    However, many of the issues causing cars to fail their MOT can be fixed quickly by our expert team. We’ll let you know exactly what needs to be done to ensure your car can pass its follow up MOT.

    We may also be able to help with a payment plan if you would prefer to spread any unexpected payments. Just ask!

    Don't worry!

    Our team will help you get your car through its Isle of Skye MOT as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions or concerns – please let us know!

    Thank you for booking your MOT with us!