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Alderley Autos, Unit 103 Bunting Rd,
Kingsthorpe, Northampton, NN2 6EE
01604 715515

Northampton MOT Testing & Pre MOT Health Checks, Get your car MOT'ed at Alderley Autos.

It's coming up and your stressed out about it! It's MOT time. Don't worry, Alderley Autos is here to help.

Yes, it's that time of year again. If you're looking for a garage to take you car for its MOT? then look no further! for an extra £49.00 we can check your vehicle over and go as deep as an MOT technician will and give you a report on what will fail your MOT and get it sorted promptly.

MOT Testing Health Check

Getting a pre MOT Health Check on your car before the MOT day will avoid the stress of an MOT fail. The MOT Health Checks we do, as we said above, are the same as the MOT Tester will check for, such examples: Steering & Suspension and the parts that make up the Suspension such as, tyres, springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connects a vehicle to its wheels. Lights, Windscreen, Horn, Seatbelts, Brakes. Check the full list below that we have made. You can do some of these pre MOT checks yourself at home.

What’s included in an MOT Test?

The MOT test is carried out to DVSA guidelines and includes a comprehensive inspection of the vehicle to make sure it is in a roadworthy condition. You can also check your car MOT History.

MOT Test
Steering & Suspension ✔
Springs, Shocks & Linkages ✔
Tyres & Brakes ✔
Lights ✔
Windscreen & Mirrors ✔
Doors ✔
Wipers & Washers ✔
Horn ✔
Seat & Seatbelts ✔
Fuel System & Emissions ✔
Bodywork ✔
What’s NOT included in an MOT Test?

During the MOT test, the tester is not legally required to check if your car has had a cambelt, water pump change. The tester is also not required to check the operation / condition of the clutch.

You can check the condition of your clutch yourself by applying the handbrake and slowly letting the clutch out while in gear. If the car stalls, then generally the clutch is fine.

The MOT Test


Bodywork is the first thing we check. Just like the MOT tester, we check the structure and bodyshell for excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas of the vehicle.

Steering and Suspension

We check the Steering & Suspension and all the parts that make up the suspension which include springs, shock absorbers, control arms and linkages. We look for damaged and/or weak bushes, split rubber boots, including ball joints.


Our checks will include the condition, operation and colour of your car’s lights. If your car lights are faded, we advise that you get them professionally corrected (polished) and only buy brand new ones if this procedure cannot be done.

Wipers and Washers

During the MOT test, this is one of the first things the tester will check. We ensure they operate properly and give the driver a clear view of the road. We also check the level of your washer fluid and top up if necessary.

Windscreen and Mirrors

While checking to see if your Wipers operate properly, we will also check the condition of the Windscreen. We look for any large stone chips and cracks that are in the driver’s view point. The maximum damage size is 10mm in the drivers’ line of vision or 40mm elsewhere.

We check the condition of the mirror glass to make sure there are no cracks and/or discolouring. Discolouring mirror glass we find is quite common on the Mercedes-Benz.

Seats and Seatbelts

We check to see if your front seats are secure. Our checks include the seatbelts. All seatbelts including the rear of the vehicle are checked for type, condition, correct operation and security. We also check to see if your Air bag light isn’t on, and if it is, we can do a diagnostic check to find the problem.


We check to see if all doors open and close correctly and that the latch is secure. Front doors should open from both the inside and outside of the vehicle. We also check the fuel flap to make sure that operates correctly.

Brakes, Wheels and Tyres

We visually check the condition of all brakes, wheels and tyres on your vehicle. Our checks include brake pads, discs, the tread on your tyres and make sure there are no dents in your wheels. Minimum tyre tread depth is 1.6mm.