Many vehicles fail their MOT each year on simple things like faulty bulbs, illegal tyre tread or even empty windscreen washer fluid bottles.
A few quick and easy visual checks can help your Vehicle pass its MOT – saving you time and money.
Check all of your car’s lights function properly, including headlights, sidelights, rear lights, hazard lights and indicators.
2. Brake lights
Press the brake pedal and ask a friend to check the rear brake lights come on – including any additional brake light strip
3. Number plates
Make sure your number plates are clean and legible. Giving it a quick wipe with a cloth can make a difference.
4. Wheels and tyres
Check all wheel rims and tyres are undamaged. The minimum legal tyre tread depth is 1.6mm and any tyres with less than this will be marked as an MOT fail. If you’re unsure how much tread is left on a tyre, we can check for you.
Seatbelts can save your life in a crash, but only if they work correctly.
Check the view out of the front of the car for damage – any defects larger than 40mm will cause your car to fail its MOT, as will any damage wider than 10mm in the ‘swept’ area of the windscreen in front of the driver.
7. Windscreen wipers
Make sure your wipers are able to keep your windscreen clean. Any tears or holes in the wiper rubber could be an MOT fail.
Top up the washer bottle before taking your car in for its MOT. An empty container can cause a fail.
Give a short blast of the horn – if it doesn’t work you will need to repair or replace it.
10.Fuel and engine oil
Make sure your car is filled with enough fuel and engine oil – you can be turned away from the MOT without suitable levels of either, both of which are required by the examiner when running the car to test its emissions levels.