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Preparing for your MOT

To prepare for your MOT and to avoid possible failure of the MOT, we suggest you check your car before the test. Our mechanics carry out around 100’s of tests each month, so we probably know more than most about the things that often lead to vehicles failing the test

We have listed some simple checks you can carry out yourself which should save you both time and money.

Do you know when your MOT is due? Write the date in your diary or use a reminder service such as the one on our website.

Have you left yourself plenty of time? There's no need to leave the test to the last minute - an MOT can be done up to a month before your last one runs out, meaning you can avoid last-minute panics and give yourself time to organise and budget for any work that might be needed.

Before you take your car for its MOT test, check that your screenwash is topped up, your wiper blades are in good working order and that there is no significant damage to your windscreen.

Before taking your car to the garage, make sure you check:

  • that the vehicle identification number (VIN) is present and can be clearly seen (the VIN is usually found where the dashboard meets the windscreen on the driver's side)
  • you have got all the keys (for the ignition, doors, boot and fuel cap)
  • there's enough oil
  • there's enough screenwash
  • your fuel level
  • the headlight adjusters are set to '0'
  • all the doors open from the inside
  • the driver's seat secure and does it slide back and forth on its runners
  • the seat belts free from damage, and do they fasten OK and release under a bit of pressure
  • the rear-view mirror secure and the glass undamaged
  • when you start the car, do all the dashboard warning lights go out
  • items like the indicators, hazard lights and main beam all work
  • the horn sounds
  • the windscreen is free from chips or cracks. Any chip or crack larger than 10mm in front of the driver and 40mm within the area cleared by the wipers is likely to be a problem.
  • the windscreen washers work, the wipers clear the screen effectively and are free from splits and damage
  • That all the doors open and close as they should and the bonnet and boot open and close correctly
  • the mirrors secure and the glass not broken
  • the tyres have enough tread depth (at least 1.6mm across ¾ of the tyre) and are they free from bulges, lumps or cuts?
  • all the lights working, including the rear registration lamp and brake lights, and are the lenses free from damage and secure?
  • there a rubber seal in the petrol cap and does the cap fit securely?

After Your MOT

Once your car has passed its MOT, you might think you're set for another 12 months of worry-free motoring. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. Here are five reasons why.

  • An MOT is a visual inspection that simply confirms a car is safe and legal at the time it is tested. It doesn't mean the vehicle will stay in a roadworthy condition until the next MOT or that the car is mechanically safe.
  • Some items that are important for your safety and comfort, including the spare tyre, rear wiper, reversing light and heater or air-conditioning system, are not checked in the MOT.
  • A properly maintained car will not only use less fuel but faults will be found earlier, which means your car is less likely to break down.
  • If your car has a warranty, the manufacturer usually makes it a condition of the warranty that your car must be serviced. If you miss a service, the warranty may not be valid and any claim you make under it may be refused.
  • A service history is proven to add value to a car when you come to sell it. The first thing most buyers will look for is a set of stamps in the service manual.