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Need MOT tips to ensure you pass? Look no further!

When the time comes for your car to take its MOT, these tips can often prove invaluable to save yourself time and money, as well as considerable effort. So rather than simply leaving your test to change, we recommend you follow this simple guide to making sure that your motor passes with flying colours.

What is tested in the MOT?

Knowing what exactly is going to be tested for in your MOT is an essential part of making sure that your car flies through the test. These MOT tips will cover all the basics, making your life a lot easier.

The items tested in your MOT are as follows; electrical car lighting, foot and hand brakes, car steering system, engine bay and engine components, car exhaust system, suspension system, car tyres, door locks and handles, car interior checks, external car bodywork and car chassis integrity.

Each of these groups is broken down into a number of checks, many of which you'll be able to test for problems yourself in advance of your actual MOT.

Things to check yourself

The best way for you to conduct the following tests is to enroll the help of a friend or family member to help. Most of these tests are very easy, however they need two people to ensure that they are manageable.

To test the car electronics, you need to make sure that your headlights work on high beam and low beam, that your sidelights and brake lights work, that your hazard lights work, that your fog lights work, and that your reverse and rear license plate light work.

To test that your brakes work, simply taking it out for a drive to make sure that everything feels right, and that the car doesn't pull to one side or the other when braking is sufficient. Your hand brake should also work without offering too much resistance when activating or deactivating.

Your steering should be consistent and not have any anomalies. It is also important that your steering column does not move when you use the wheel.

To check your engine, make sure that everything is rust free and has enough of the relevant fluids to be considered safe for driving. Any leaks should be repaired before the MOT.

Your exhaust should be free of rattles and excess emissions. You may want to have a mechanic check this for you.

Your suspension should be working smoothly, and be free of rust or damage. Again, you might want to confirm this with a mechanic prior to your test.

For the tyres, they need to be within the legal limit for thread depth, as well as being tightly affixed to the car itself with no give either way.

To make sure your interior passes examination, ensure that your seat belts are in perfect condition, and that your seats have no rust on the mountings or runners. You also need to make sure that your mirrors and windscreen are free of damage. Stone chips are acceptable, but make sure that there are no large cracks running from them.

Your car exterior should be free from all rust, and have no sharp edges or potentially dangerous exterior damage. Checking the car chassis should be undertaken by a licensed mechanic, due to the complexity of the systems.

Other things that you need to know

No list of MOT tips would be complete without a few pieces of insider information that might save you some worry. For example, you don't actually need fog lights to work on both sides - drivers side fog lights are sufficient to pass the MOT.

It is also good to note that you only need the interior rear view mirror and driver's side mirror to pass the inspection.

Both of these tips could save you time and money in preparation for your MOT, but we recommend you fix any problems as soon as possible.

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