The MOT annual check is required for your safety, the protection of the environment and the safety of others. We understand that it can be frustrating to go into a MOT check with confidence just to be told your car failed.
For example, in March there were more than 3.62 million vehicles that drove to the MOT test centres but 830,619 cars left with a failing grade. However, the vehicles owners could easily prevent many of these failures.
In 2012/2013, 40% of the 30million cars that were inspected for the MOT test failed. These failures get logged so that they will forever show up in a Mot history check. Of the 40%, only 20% were giving the failing grade because of faulty lights and more than 7% failed because of their tyres. Furthermore, 10.5% of MOT failures were because of brakes. Although some of these were due to malfunctioning equipment, many of them simply failed because the fluids were not adequate. Here’s what you should have checked at a Car servicing garage before you take your car to the MOT test to guarantee you don’t fail for something as simple as low fluids:
- Headlights and indicators: Check that all of your lights function properly, including hazard lights, rear lights, turn signals, brake lights and headlights.
- Number plate: Make sure that your number plate is legible and clean. Simply wiping it off with a cloth can make a difference.
- Wheels and tyres: Give your wheels and tyres a once over. The minimum tyre thread is 1.6mm – any less and you’ll be giving a failing grade. If you aren’t sure how much thread you have, then ask your local manufacturer to check for you. If you need a replacement, they’ll be able to suggest the right tyre.
- Seat and seatbelts: The driver’s seat should be adjusted forwards and backwards and the seatbelts should be in perfect working condition. Test the movement of the seat and make sure the seatbelt moves its full length. Tug sharply to guarantee their integrity.
- Horn: Give it a quick honk and make sure that it works.
- Engine and fuel oil: Make sure that all the oils are topped off.
- Screenwash: Top up the washer bottle before taking it to the test. Something as simple as empty screenwash can result in failure.
- Windscreen Wipers: Make sure that your wipers are in good working condition. If there are holes in the wiper then you might receive an MOT fail.
Paying a minor Car service cost can prevent a second attempt at the MOT check. Rather than going in and hoping that they won’t catch your faults, use a comparison site (Tootcompare are highly recommended) to find your nearest garage and guarantee you’ll pass.