An MOT consists of dozens of checks, the net result of which will determine whether or not your car is safe to drive. Every vehicle of three years or older is legally required to undergo an MOT on an annual basis.
With around 1.5 million cars failing their MOTs each year, it’s worth making certain checks yourself before your car’s MOT is due.
1. Headlights and indicators
Test the following to see if they’re working correctly: headlights, indicators, sidelights, rear lights and hazard lights.
2. Brake lights
Position your car in front of a reflective surface and press the accelerator to see if the brake lights are working – or ask a friend to observe them instead.
3. License plates
Make sure that both number plates are clean and easy to read. Check also that the font and the spaces between the letters/numbers are legally acceptable.
4. Wheels and tyres
Search for any signs of damage, and test that each tyre has a minimum tyre depth of 1.6 mm (no less than 3mm is preferable).
5. Seats and seatbelts
Examine the driver’s seat for any defects and make sure that it moves forwards and backwards without any issues. Extend each seatbelt fully and look for any damage – and give each a firm tug to see how it might react in severe-braking circumstances.
Clean the windscreen inside and out. Sit in the driver’s position and look for any defects directly ahead of you. If there’s anything that’s 10mm or larger – or 40mm elsewhere, this will likely cause MOT failure.
7. Windscreen wipers
Spray the windscreen with water in order to test the wipers. If they don’t work properly, they’ll need to be replaced.
8. Screen wash
It might not seem much but a screen wash bottle with insufficient fluid in it could lead to a failed MOT.
Toot the horn. Is it working properly? If not, it’ll have to be fixed or replaced.
10. Fuel and engine oil
Combustion-engined cars need to have sufficient fuel in the tank in order for the emission-testing part of the MOT to be carried out. Also, check that your vehicle is topped up with engine oil and brake fluid.
Please note: before carrying out any checks, ensure that your vehicle has cooled down sufficiently in order to avoid injury due to hot surfaces.
Provided the issues aren’t serious, you’ll be able to drive your vehicle away – but you’ll need to arrange for the necessary repairs before the re-test. We’ll be happy to help you with this.
If your car is deemed dangerous following an MOT inspection, you won’t be permitted to drive it until the required repairs have been completed. Of course, we’ll be happy to provide you with competitive quote – and we won’t take any further action until you give the go-ahead.
Is it time for your vehicle’s MOT? If the answer’s yes, please book your appointment with us today.