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Preparing your car for an MoTBack

If you’re about to put your car through its MoT test, it’s well worth making a few essential checks on your car which could save you valuable time and money.

Putting your car through an MoT can mean you’ll be without a car for a day or two should it fail, which is not only inconvenient, but means you might have to fork out for alternative transport methods.

However, there are a few simple procedures you can go through to ensure your car has a good chance of passing first time, saving you time and hassle. Follow some simple tips from the expert Trusted Dealers below;

  1. Check your lights: Switch everything on and check that all the bulbs work and don’t forget to check the rear fog lamp and brake lights by asking someone to look whilst you dab the brake pedal or check for your reflection in a window.
  2. Check your tyres: make sure that each tyre has at least 1.6mm of tread left. You can test this by dropping a 10 pence piece into the tread, and if the milled edge is visible, the tyres are too shallow and therefore illegal. Use a tyre gauge to check the pressure tallies up with the manufacturer’s handbook.
  3. Check your wipers: Look at the blades at the front and rear of your windscreen – if they are split or worn then replace them.
  4. Check your windscreen: A crack in a windscreen that is any bigger than 10mm and in the driver’s eye line can be cause for test failure. You might be able to get repairs done through your insurer for free depending on your policy.
  5. Check your seatbelts: make sure that each one buckles up properly and the belt retracts and extends to its full potential, locking when pulled tight. Examine the belt for any rips or fraying.
  6. Check your number plate: Number plates needs to be fitted securely to the car and must not be cracked or broken.

Finally, if your car is due for a service, it is well worth combining this with your car’s MoT as it will save you money, time and hassle. If your car is also approaching the three year mark, then make sure you book it into a garage before the warranty from new expires so that any costs incurred might be covered by the manufacturer .



Posted by Leana Kell on 20/10/2011