Servicing & Repairs: 020 8543 4799

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Waterfall Garage
The Recovery and Garage Specialists – Est. 1986
Same day servicing on most popular makes of private car and light commercial vehicle

MOT Inspection and Testing in Wimbledon

Ensure your vehicle meets the legal requirements for an MOT certificate

The MOT (Ministry of Transport) Inspection is a mandatory test that is carried out every year from the 3rd anniversary of your vehicle’s registration onwards. Usually just referred to as an ‘MOT Test’ or even simply an ‘MOT’, the inspection checks that your vehicle meets both road safety and environmental standards.

Importantly, it simply judges whether your car is roadworthy or not at the time of the inspection. A valid MOT certificate does not imply that your vehicle will remain roadworthy for the duration of the following year, and so at any point after your vehicle passes its MOT it could still be unroadworthy.

Because of this, and the fact that an MOT Inspection does not involve checking the overall mechanical condition of your vehicle, there is no substitute for regular vehicle servicing.

The current MOT checklist as issued by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency covers the following items:

Interior checks

  • Seats and seat belts
  • Warning lamps
  • Switches (position lamp, headlamp, hazards)
  • View to front, wipers and washers
  • Brake controls, servo operation
  • Steering wheel and column
  • Doors, mirrors, horn
  • Speedometer, driver controls (Class 5 only)

Exterior checks

  • Registration plates
  • Lamps, registration plate lamps
  • Indicators, hazards
  • Headlamps & aim
  • Stop lamps, fog lamps, reflectors
  • Wheels, tyres
  • Shock absorbers
  • Mirrors, wiper blades, fuel tank cap
  • Glazing (Class 5 only)
  • Doors, boot lid, loading doors, bonnet
  • Towbars
  • General condition of body

Under bonnet checks

  • Vehicle structure
  • Braking systems
  • Exhaust systems, fuel system
  • Speed limiter (if applicable)
  • Steering & power steering components
  • Suspension components

Under vehicle checks

  • Steering including power steering
  • Drive shafts (if applicable)
  • Suspension, shock absorbers
  • Wheel bearings
  • Wheels & tyres
  • Brake systems & mechanical components
  • Exhaust system
  • Fuel system & fuel tank
  • Structure, general vehicle condition


Brakes (Service brake and Parking brake)

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If you’re looking for a car MOT in Wimbledon, Merton, Raynes Park or anywhere in the local area, call us today on:

020 8543 4799

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We are open Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5.30

We are highly rated

Good Garage Scheme


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Where to find us

Map to Waterfall Garage in Wimbledon

We are just 5 minute’s walk from Wimbledon mainline station.

What people have said

“Problem with headlights alerted by dashboard display. Dropped into the garage without an appointment and the matter was dealt with in a matter of minutes.”
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