The Selection Process
Before you start looking at new MOT equipment to add to your garage you must consider a number of factors. They should include space availability in your shop and what your budget is for new equipment. For assistance in making the right purchases, contact us at ABS. One of our experienced sales reps can make an on-site visit to your shop to assist with this process.
During the on-site visit you will learn about the many options available to you if offering MOT testing is part of your business plan. Our ABS sale representatives will be able to advise you on the correct type of equipment to meet your demands as well as fit into your budget and business plan. You will also learn how to make the most out of your current equipment.
The Equipment You Will Need In 2019
There are several key pieces of equipment you will require in your service garage in order to offer MOT testing. Here is a look at the ones you should have at the top of your list:
Unless you have a pit, a lift will be required and you have two basic choices. There are surface-mounted vehicle lifts and recessed ones. If you operate a one-person (OPTL/ATL) or a traditional two-person (MOT) testing facility, you will need a lift. There are different specifications required depending on the type of facility you have.
They are as follows:
MOT – a lift with turn plates is required in all two-person MOT facilities
ATL (or an OPTL upgrade) – a lift with turn plates and play detectors (shaker plates) is required
A manual or air-driven jacking beam is also required in both types of shops.
There are two main differences on Commercial Brake Testers, depending on the type of shop you operate.
MOT – test results are displayed on a live analogue board
ATL – advanced functionally results in more data including vehicle weighing, tablet operation and test result printing ability. The ATL PC can also be used to operate the workshop’s own programs.
For a cost effective choice, your best value would come from an emission analyzer that is capable of testing both petrol and diesel vehicles. Autobs has many different types of combined and dual emission analyzers available. Some even feature PC-based operation with wireless smoke heads. Regardless of your actual choice, this is one item you must have on site.
Fit on rails that can be recessed in a channel or surface-mounted, headlight testers are a must-have item for your automotive garage. There are many different styles and designs to choose from. One feature to consider is the double laser. The laser is used to assist with aligning the vehicle with the headlamp for testing purposes. It also speeds up the process so that you can conduct several tests during the course of a typical day which quickens your return on investment as well. Consult with Autobs for the correct fit for your garage size and workspace as well as your budget for this type of service equipment.
Motorcycle Testing Gear
To grow your business by offering additional MOT testing options, one of the most common and logical directions to expand is with motorcycle testing. There are a few different motorcycle bays to choose from depending on the accessories you require but the standard features are:
This is a vital part of the package that allows for complete testing of the motorcycle braking system.
Complete with head lamp aligners, this provides a safe and accurate way to test headlights on any model motorcycle.
Wheel Alignment Bars
Just as you would visit your local mechanic for a wheel alignment on your car or truck, motorcycles require the same. With the correct alignment you reduce wear and tear on the tyres and driving mechanisms as well as improving fuel consumption.
Stand Alone Or Not
At ABS we can outfit your garage with the perfect type of motorcycle testing bay for the size of your operation and the space available. As a standalone or an add-on, with motorcycle MOT testing available, your garage will reach more potential customers than by testing just vehicles.
In order to completely stock your service garage to provide MOT testing there are a few additional accessories you will need.
For one man testing Convex MOT mirrors are a must and will keep operations running smoothly in a workshop that has limited staff or busy staff working on other testing procedures. The Convex MOT mirrors enable a single operator to conduct specific tests without assistance.
A brake pedal depressor is a safety item that each and every automotive service shop should have. Essentially, it locks the brake pedal into the depressed position securely. This permits inspection of various components under the hood or vehicle without the possibility of the vehicle moving forward in any way. If you have a one person MOT testing site, you need one of these.
One more item worth considering is not only an investment in your business, but it acts as a form of advertising as well. MOT signs not only show your potential customers that your garage is approved to provide MOT testing, but it has the required testing equipment to do the tests.
One of the most profitable ways to make your garage a success is by providing MOT testing service. For an appointment with one of our expert sales team, contact ABS today at 01204 584000.