Once your car has hit the ripe old age of 3 you’ll have to start the annual process of sitting an MOT test. These tests can be intimidating, especially to a first-time car owner, but there are actually a few ways that you can make the whole process easier for yourself and reduce the chance of a fail. With that in mind, I’ve put together some handy tips to help you on your way.
Things to Check
First of all, I’m going to tell you something that should reinforce this whole process of checking before you go for your MOT: most MOT test failures are because of small issues that could have been easily fixed beforehand. So, what do people tend to miss and how can you make sure that you don’t repeat the same mistakes?
One of the first checks that you should do is to your lights. Give them all a careful look over and make sure there aren’t any cracks, blown bulbs or non-functioning lights. If you see any issues, then you can repair most of them yourself or take your car to the garage.
Next, you should give your tyres a check for damage and make sure that they have the right pressure. There is a legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, so make sure that your tyres aren’t worn below this, or they’ll need replacing.
Once you’ve checked the tyres have a look at your windscreen and windows to make sure there are no chips or cracks. You should also test your brake quality and responsiveness, alongside your exhaust, and have any issues that you find fixed.
Now that you’ve checked the functionality of your car, I’d also suggest giving it a good clean and making sure that everything else works as intended, like seatbelts, mirrors, windscreen washer etc.
After all that, you should be good to go!
What to Do if You Fail?
If you’ve done all these checks and put in the time before going for your MOT test, but if you still fail don’t worry – at that point it is most likely something that you either weren’t aware of or couldn’t have fixed yourself.
So, if you fail what happens?
Unfortunately, you’ll have to pay for any repairs to your car that are needed, but if this is done within 10 days you’ll get a free retest – silver linings and all that.
Hopefully, this blog will help you to prepare yourself a little better for your next MOT test – good luck!