Preparing your car for an MOT
March is the most popular time for MOTs in the UK so now’s as good a time as ever to make sure your car is fit and healthy. As soon as a car is 3 years old it needs a valid MOT certificate to be on the road. The test legally ensures the car is roadworthy and you’ll need this guarantee in order to tax your car.
Even if you don't know a lot about cars, there are still plenty of things you can do yourself to make sure your car is ready for its MOT test. These simple checks could save you from having to pay for repairs and will make sure your car's not off the road for any longer than it has to be. Some of the easiest things to check will only take a few minutes.
1. Check the horn is working – instant fail if it is not!
2. Are your windscreen washers and wipers working? If not make sure you top up the screen wash and if subject to damage, have your wiper blades replaced.
3. All the lights on your car should work — this includes the brake and number plate lights. If bulbs have blown you can get these replaced very cheaply from most garages.
4. Your seatbelts must work properly and must be free from damage. If any are frayed or cut you should have them checked by a professional before the MOT test.
5. Worn tyres are one of the most common reasons for failing an MOT. Check for damage, bulges or objects stuck in the tread and check the tread depth itself. The depth should be no less than the legal requirement of 1.6mm.
6. Check the brakes – You should check that the handbrake works properly. Make sure you don’t have to pull the lever up too far and also ensure there isn’t lots of clicking – if so the cable probably needs adjusting and this will mean a test fail. Remember to check the brake pedals too. If they feel spongy when you press them they probably need attention from a specialist.
7. To pass your MOT test you can get away with a small chip in the windscreen. If the damage is right in front of the driver in the 'A zone', damage up to 10mm can be repaired. There should be no large cracks. It's best to get any small chips fixed early before they expand and cause you a bigger problem.
8. All of the cars mirrors should be securely fixed and the glass in them should be in good condition. If you have damage to the glass you can buy replacement glass or mirrors relatively cheaply from most garages.
Find out more about what is tested during the MOT test here.
If you have any questions regarding the MOT test, call our expert staff one of our MOT test centres today.
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