It’s important to look after and maintain your vehicle as well as possible in order to pass the annual MOT test. This assessment is a legal requirement and ensures that your car is roadworthy. The test will look at many components of your vehicle. Many parts are out of your control to fix, but there are a few things that you can do to help prevent unnecessary failures.
Here we’ve put together some steps you can follow to increase your chances of passing. Of course, if your car needs any work done, our garage will do all it can to get your vehicle to a passing standard. We will then retest to ensure that your car is legal to drive.
Check Lights & Change Bulbs
Failing your MOT because of the lights is actually quite common. All lights should be in working order. Before your test, it’s worth testing them. Get in the car and operate all the lights, ask a friend or family member to walk around the vehicle to check if they all work. If you see a bulb gone, you can change it yourself before the test.
Look At Windscreen & Wipers
The condition of the windscreen and wipers should be well maintained. During an MOT, these are checked for damages or obstructions. You need to make sure the dashboard is clear and there is nothing obstructing the view of the driver. You could simply fail for having an improperly placed phone holder or large fluffy dice hanging from the rear-view mirror. If you spot any cracks or chips that obstruct the view of the driver, ensure these are dealt with beforehand.
Clean Your Car Before An MOT
Though it’s not essential to have a sparkling vehicle, it is a legal requirement for your number plate to be visible. So, if you find your car has accumulated a lot of dirt, it’s important to get this sorted before your appointment.
Tyres are an important component of an MOT. You can check these are roadworthy yourself by first assessing the appearance. If there are any cuts or bulges to the rubber, they will need to be replaced. Furthermore, the tread needs to be in good condition. It shouldn’t be below 1.6mm, and you can check this with a 20-pence coin. Pop it between the tread and if you can see the outer rim, then your tyres will need replacing. You can get this done before the test, or our garage can do this for you on the day.
Book Your MOT With Natton Garage Today
If your car is due for the annual test, get in touch with us today. Our experienced team will complete any work needed in order to get your vehicle to a passing standard.