MOT Services

MOT Services in Shrewsbury

All About Our MOT Tests

Here at Billcar, we provide our services to both trade customers and directly to vehicle owners. We stock and obtain various spare parts, so that when we inspect vehicles and offer repairs and replacements, we have everything we need. As part of our services, we also offer customers MOT tests, which we are focussing our attention towards today.

What is an MOT Test?

MOT stands for ‘Ministry of Transport’ and refers to the annual test for safety and exhaust emissions of motor vehicles in the UK. If the test is completed to a satisfactory level, the vehicle passes and the owner benefits from the MOT certificate, which certifies that it is legal to drive. If your vehicle is over three years old, it is required to show its roadworthiness through this testing. The name is actually derived from a government department that no longer exists, but the term is still in official use.

About MOT Certificates

The MOT test certificates are issues under the umbrella of the DVSA – Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. This certificate will confirm that at the time of the test, the vehicle has met the minimum environmental and road safety standards that are acceptable. This only covers the vehicle for that year, which is why it must be completed on an annual basis.

About MOT Tests

Throughout the MOT test, it is necessary to test the following aspects of the vehicle: exhaust and emissions, seats and seat belts, steering wheel, windscreen, bonnet catch, horn, number plate, lights, brakes, tyres and wheels, mirrors, doors, suspension, fuel system, plus the body and structure. A set criterion is used to judge overall whether it is possible to pass or fail the vehicle, following the guidelines issued by the DVSA. If the vehicle fails the MOT test, it is possible for it to be tested again once any repairs and maintenance work is complete, but this must be carried out within 10 working days.

Why MOT Tests are Important

Put simply, MOT tests are a legal requirement in the UK, so they need to be carried out annually to ensure that you are driving legally. Not only for this reason are MOT tests important, but also because they are there to make sure that you, your passengers and others on the road are all as safe as possible.

MOT Tests at Billcar

In order to gain a legitimate MOT certificate, it is necessary to get your vehicle tested by an authorised vehicle repair garage such as Billcar. By doing this, it ensures that we meet the minimal criteria set out by the government within the VT01 form. We are also able to help your vehicle pass the MOT by making repairs and replacing any necessary parts. 

Contact Us

If you would like more information about MOT tests in the Shrewsbury area, come to our local vehicle repair garage. To make an enquiry, please simply complete our online contact form, or send us an email at Alternatively, you can speak to us directly by calling us on our landline on 01743291740 or our mobile on 07971063469. A member of our team will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have for us.

MOT Services

Getting Your MOT Today

Here at Billcar, we provide MOT services in Shrewsbury for vehicles between class 4 and 7. But did you know that earlier this year there were changes to the MOT test? Back in May 2018, there were many changes. Today we will cover some of the major changes that are now in place when you get your MOT today.

Defect Categories

When your vehicle comes in for an MOT, we will categorise any defects found as minor, major, or dangerous. It is paramount that all these defects are recorded. If your vehicle is found to have any major defects or dangerous defects then this will result in it failing the MOT test. A dangerous defect means that it has a direct and immediate risk to road safety or environmental impact and you are unable to drive the vehicle until it is repaired. A major defect would also require an immediate repair as it may affect your vehicle’s safety, putting others on the road at risk, and also could have an impact on the environment. Whilst minor defects mean you would still pass the MOT test, you should see to any necessary repairs as soon as possible despite there not being a significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or environment. You may also receive defects that are marked as advisory, which require monitoring in case future repairs are required. A pass is considered the minimum legal standard, and the only way you can make sure it continues to meet this standard is to keep getting your MOT test when required by law.

The New Inspection Manual

Other than the layout changing from landscape to portrait, there are many changes, with an increase in different sections. There are a whole range of additional test items that have been introduced to this new manual, including brake fluid contamination, front fog lamps, noise suppression material, and more. There have also been some changes with what is considered a major defect, with some now moving to the minor category.

Diesel Vehicle Emission Limits

Likely due to growing concerns on the environment, global warming, and reducing our carbon footprint, there are now harsher limits for emissions for those with a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter). This information will depend on the year when your vehicle was first used, whether it is turbo or non-turbo, and the plate value.

Additional Points

There are many more changes that were made to MOT tests, including vehicle categories, and how these relate to their class and definition. For further information on this topic, visit the government website for full details.

Contact Us

If you would like to make an enquiry about out MOT tests or any other services, simply complete our contact form, or get in touch via email at You can also call us on either our landline on 01743291740 or our mobile on 07971063469 to speak to a member of the team directly. We will be pleased to help you with your questions.