Be Prepared: MOT Checks To Do Before Going To The Garage

Keeping our cars in working order, filling it up with fuel regularly and paying our insurance premiums along with road tax can make running a car very expensive indeed. Of course, we can budget for insurance payments and road tax but when it comes to keeping your car in good condition, we can be faced with a fair few unexpected expenditures.

In such financially difficult times, we’re all trying to save money wherever we can and if your car is due for an MOT, you can save your time and money by taking the time to prepare. There are a whole host of pre MOT checks that you can carry out to give your vehicle the best chances of passing.
If your vehicle fails the MOT you’ll have little choice but to pay for the necessary work to be done and then for a re-test. Make sure that your car doesn’t fail on something that you could easily have resolved yourself!

Lights

In the winter your lights are incredibly important but when the summer rolls back around, it’s essential that you don’t neglect your lights.
You need to check your:
–    Headlights
–    Sidelights
–    Brake lights
–    Indicators
–    Hazards
Quick Tip: getting a friend to help you check your lights will make the entire process much quicker!

Windscreen

–    Always check you windscreen for any chips or cracks before sending your vehicle in for an MOT. Chips are usually very simple to remedy.
–    Check that your windscreen wipers are functioning properly
–    Don’t forget to check your ‘squirties’!
Also, remember to take down anything that will block visibility such as a large air freshener or a sat nav.

Tyres

Your tyres will come under intense scrutiny during an MOT so it’s important that you know what standards your tyres should meet:
–    The tyres on a passenger car with no more than 8 seats should have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across 75% of the tyre surface. This will be different for larger vehicles and motorcycles.
–    Your tyres must be inflated to the vehicle and tyre manufacturers’ recommended level (this will differ depending on your vehicle and the tyre you are using so be sure to check!)
–    There must not be any ply or cord exposed.

Remember: you are not legally required to carry a spare tyre and if you do, the spare tyre does not have to comply with the legal requirements. However, once a spare tyre is fitted to the car it must comply with all necessary regulations. An MOT mechanic, therefore, may point this out if your spare tyre is not legal but they are not obligated to do so.

It is legally required that your vehicle hold a full MOT certificate so it’s important that you do everything you can do make your MOT as smooth, efficient and inexpensive as possible. There are, of course, many other parts of your car that will be check during an MOT but by taking care of these points, you can give your vehicle the best chances at passing and staying safe on the roads!

This article was written by Jennifer Griffiths on behalf of Insure 4 a Day. You are also legally required to be insured while driving a vehicle and if you’re looking for short term car insurance, Insure 4 a Day are the ideal choice.