Car Safety Inspection

Before taking to the road, it is important that you check that your vehicle is safe to drive.

At National, our trained experts can carry out a 30-point car safety inspection covering various interior and exterior checks to ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy between your annual MOT tests. This comprehensive car safety check will ensure your vehicle is running as smoothly as possible, to help minimise the risk of breaking down.

Car checks

What is included in the 30-point car safety inspection?

The car safety inspection covers 30 vital points that we check to ensure your car is safe to drive. The checks covered are:

 

  1. Check the operation of the horn
  2. Check the dashboard warning lights and record any illuminated warning lights, including for ad-blue (if applicable)
  3. Check the security of seats and head restraints
  4. Check the seat belts for tears and ensure they are working correctly
  5. Check the operation of the exterior lights
  6. Check the condition/operation of the front and rear windscreen wipers
  7. Visually check the windscreen for chips or damage
  8. Check the mirrors for cracks or damage
  9. Check the condition of the number plates
  10. Check for excessive exhaust smoke and inspect the exhaust system, including the catalyst (if fitted), for leaks, security and noise
  11. Check the condition and security of the battery
  12. Check and record the strength of the antifreeze coolant
  13. Check the operation of the washer and top it up
  14. Check and record the engine oil level
  15. Check the brake fluid level
  16. Visually check the power steering system, pipes and hoses for any leaks, chafing and corrosion, and check the power steering level
  17. Check the correct tyres are fitted according to the side wall instructions
  18. Check and record the condition and tread depth of the tyres (including the spare)
  19. Check and adjust the tyre pressures (including the spare)
  20. Check the drive shaft gaiters for security, condition and leaks
  21. Check the steering and suspension components for leaks, wear and corrosion, including locking devices
  22. Check the steering rack gaiters for condition and security
  23. Check the wheel bearings for excessive play and roughness
  24. Check the brake pads for wear and record measurements
  25. Measure the brake discs and drums, and check for wear, cracks, corrosion, scoring and pitting (excluding internal drums)
  26. Check the wheel cylinders for leaks and operation
  27. Check the service brake shoes for wear or damage, then clean and adjust if required (excluding internal handbrake shoes)
  28. Visually check the brake hydraulic system, pipes and hoses for any leaks, chafing and corrosion
  29. Check the brake callipers for leaks and security, and carry out a brake boil test
  30. Check the handbrake for security, linkages and travel, then lubricate and adjust if required

What happens if additional work is needed?

Once the car check has been completed, if any additional work is identified, you will be provided with a no-obligation quotation. At National, we only use quality parts provided by approved suppliers and all our mechanical parts carry a 24-month/24,000 mileage guarantee (whichever is sooner). With 238 fitting centres and thousands of highly trained technicians in a garage near, you why not book one of our comprehensive car safety inspections today!

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