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Tips on passing MOT

MOT test time can be nerve wracking because it’s the one time of the year when you have to take your car into the garage. Whether your car’s only a few years old or if it’s a long way passed its best, the MOT is a great way of making sure it’s safe for you and other motorists. As it’s a legal requirement we’ll give you some tips on passing the MOT which will allow you to prepare for it.
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Before the MOT

Don’t wait until the last minute to book your test. You can get the car tested up to a month before the renewal date and still maintain the date

Shop around for the best deal, whether it’s a reduced fee or a free retest should your car fail

Preparing your car

Check the lights and renew any faulty bulbs

Check the tyres to ensure they meet the minimum tread depth of 1.6mm

Top up the screen wash reservoir and fit new wiper blades

Check the windscreen there are no cracks or chips that fall within the driver’s view

Check that the horn works

Clean your car thoroughly both inside and outside. Some testers have been known to refuse to test when the car’s too dirty

The test

Watch and learn while the test takes place, particularly if the MOT is being carried out as part of a pre-purchase inspection

Read the comments regardless of whether your car passes or fails. There might be one or more advisory notices for issues that will need attention in the near future

Don’t worry

As long as you give yourself enough time, you won’t be without a car. MOT centres make more money from repairing your car than they do from carrying out the test so it’s in their interest to get your car road worthy. Take the car as soon as you can to give yourself more time to get the work done. A well looked after car that’s maintained throughout the year won’t cause you too much bother at MOT time.

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