How to pass your car’s next MOT

December 14, 2020 by Zoe Hicks – 2 mins read

We all want to make sure our vehicle passes MOT the first time round.

We all want to make sure our vehicle passes MOT the first time round. Different main manufacturing dealers recommend that you carry out quick checks to give you the best possible chance of passing MOT which would save you time and money! 

You would be surprised at how many vehicles fail MOT on simple things such as windscreen wash or even faulty bulbs. If you find faults that are not easily fixable it is best to get the work complete before the test is carried out. Identifying problems before an MOT and fixing them will give your car a far more likely chance in passing the MOT first time.

1. Headlights and indicators

You should check that the car’s lights are functioning correctly. This includes headlights, sidelights, rear lights, hazard lights and indicators

2. Brake lights

Don’t let a brake light fail your MOT! Ask your friend/family member to check the rear brake light and ensure it is working as expected. 

3. Number plate

Your number plate must comply with legal requirements. Check out our Registration plate article for more information! Ensure your plate is also clean and readable

4. Wheels and tyres

By law, the car tyres are required to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm. If the tyre is less than 1.6mm it will fail your MOT. 

If you need help to determine the depth on your tyre your local dealership can advise you

5. Seats and seatbelts

All seatbelts must be in good working order. You need to inspect the full length for any damages and pull sharply to check that they react as good to when you would brake severely. make sure the driver’s seat belt adjusts forwards and backwards.

6. Windscreen

Be aware if you find any damage on your windscreen of 40mm size your vehicle will fail MOT. There are different Zones on the windscreen. If you have a size 10mm crack in the windscreen zone A this will also fail MOT. Cracks will need to be fixed before being re-tested

7. Windscreen wipers

Any tears or holes within the rubber of the wiper can fail your MOT. You need to make sure your wipers are able to keep your windscreen clean!

8. Screenwash

Yes! Something as simple as making sure your washer bottle is at the correct levels can avoid you from failing your MOT

9. Horn

Use your horn and make sure it works! If you find it is not responding as expected let your dealer know to get it repaired or replaced

9. Fuel and engine oil

Keep your fuel and engine oil level topped enough before you go to get your MOT done. If you need help you can always ask your dealership for guidance. Make sure you top up your engine oil when your vehicle temperature is cool!

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