Getting your car through it’s MOT!

Tips to get your car through it’s MOT are fairly straight forward! It can sometimes be a daunting experience and the British people do often worry about it particularly as we think there’s going to be something wrong and it’s going to cost us money!  However, with some preparation, you can increase your chances of passing! The MOT, (or Ministry of Transport), is a test that all cars in the UK must undergo annually to ensure they meet certain safety and environmental standards.

Here are some tips on how to prepare your car for its MOT.

Tips to get your car through it's MOT!

MOT Preparation

  1. Check your lights.

One of the most common reasons for failing an MOT is due to faulty lights. Make sure all of your headlights, back lights, brake lights, and indicators are working correctly. You should also check your fog lights, reversing lights, and number plate lights. Replacing a bulb is an easy and inexpensive fix that can save you a lot of hassle during the test.

  1. Check your brakes.

Your car’s brakes are one of the most important safety features, so it’s essential to make sure they are in good condition. Test your brakes by driving at a low speed and pressing them gently. If they feel spongy or you hear any unusual noises, you may need to get them checked by a vehicle technician.

  1. Check your tyres

Your tyres are another crucial safety feature that needs to be in good condition for your car to pass its MOT. Check the tread depth using a gauge if you have one, and make sure it is above the legal minimum of 1.6mm. You should also check for any cuts or bulges on the tire’s surface and ensure they are inflated to the correct pressure.

  1. Check your steering and suspension.

During the MOT, the examiner will check the steering and suspension to make sure they are in good condition. Check for any play in the steering wheel and listen for any unusual noises when turning. You should also make sure your car sits level and doesn’t bounce excessively when you go over a bump.

  1. Check your windscreen wipers.

Your wipers and washers are essential for maintaining visibility in wet weather, so it’s crucial to make sure they are working correctly. Check your wiper blades for any damage or signs of wear and tear and ensure they clean the windscreen effectively. You should also check that your washers are working correctly and that there is enough screenwash.

  1. Check your emissions.

Finally, the MOT test will check your car’s emissions to ensure they are within the legal limits. If you have a petrol car, make sure you have enough fuel in the tank before the test, as low fuel levels can affect the emissions. If you have a diesel car, you may need to add an additive to the fuel to reduce emissions.

By following these simple steps, to get your car through it’s MOT in Burton on Trent, you can increase your chances of passing! Crescent Motors.

If you’re unsure about anything or need further advice, it’s always best to seek the help of a qualified vehicle technician at Crescent Motoring Services. Remember, prevention is always better than cure, so regular maintenance and checks can save you a lot of hassle and expense in the long run.