If you spend a lot of time in your car or have family, then you probably have a lot of things permanently residing in the salon and the boot. Here we will look at some items and explain whether they can be left in your car
The mechanic will need to inspect the car inside and out which involves use of repair shop equipment. You and your passengers will not be allowed to stay in the car.
While it may not be illegal to leave a pet in the car, it is illegal to mistreat or neglect an animal.
The MOT can take a while to get done and your car may not be the first one of the number of vehicles being tested. The mechanic will perform various checks which may distress the animal. Pets can prevent the checks from being carried out. You should not leave pets in the car that's being MOT Tested.
There are certain items that should be ok to leave inside the car that's having an MOT test, however you should remove anything that obstructs the view of the road or prevents the vehicle from being inspected. You should present the car with all the seats upright and headrests present. The boot should be mostly empty so the mechanic can check the structural integrity of the vehicle.
|Item||What to do||Why|
|Air freshener||Remove||Air fresheners can restrict view of the road or get in the way when using controls.|
|Dash cam||it depends||If the dashcam is mounted in a way that does not obstruct the view of the road and there are no wires hanging out — it should be ok to leave it in the car during the MOT test.
If the dashcam power cable is visible then it's a good idea to remove the cable and detach the dashcam before the test.
|Child car seat||Remove||The child car seat will result in an advisory as the seatbelt won't be tested.|
|Cushions||Remove||A travel cusion on the seat may not cause any issues, but these are often kept at the back window and can obscure rear view. Its best to remove them or put them somewhere out of the way (ie seat pocket or the boot)|
|Toys||Remove||Depending on the size and location these can get in the way or obstruct view. Its best to hide or remove any toys.|
|Phone mount||Remove||Most phone mounts take up some of the view of the road so its best to remove these for the MOT test.|
|Umbrella||Keep||Umbrellas should not cause issues when stored in glove compartments, pockets or the boot. If you have a cane umbrella, make sure its in the boot.|
|Misc items||Remove||Its best that any personal items are out of the way. Put them in the glove box or door/seat pockets.|
|Wallet/money etc||Remove||Its a good idea to remove any valuables from the car. You never know who may be able to get access to the car while its at a testing station.|
|Shoes/boots||Keep it reasonable||A pair of boots in the boot shouldn't cause any issues.|
|Food||Remove||Its best to unload your grocery shopping before the test as it may obstruct access to parts of your vehicle. On the other hand a bottle of water in the cup holder and a sandwich should not cause any problems.|
We hope you find this information useful. Be sensible about any belongings you leave in the car and be respectful to the mechanic who will have to get around any items you leave in the car in order to carry out the checks.
Welcome to the MOT centre's FAQ section! Whether you're here to get answers to common questions about MOT tests, or you're just curious about the process, we've got you covered.
MOT tests are important for all vehicles three years old and over, and are a legal requirement for anyone who wants to drive on the road. They check that vehicles meet the minimum safety and environmental standards required by law, and must be conducted annually for most vehicles.