What Does An MOT Check And How Can I Avoid Failing?

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An MOT is an essential car check that needs to be scheduled once a year. It’s the law to get an MOT and fix any issues in good time. While the MOT test doesn’t cover everything (engine, clutch and gearbox are not checked) it does look at a lot of factors.

Here’s an up-to-date list of what’s covered in your MOT:

  • Steering and suspension
  • Wipers and washers
  • Windscreen
  • Electrical wiring and battery
  • Lights
  • Registration plates
  • Bonnet
  • Tyres, wheels and tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) if fitted
  • Brakes
  • Horn
  • Exhaust system
  • Mirrors
  • Doors
  • Exhaust emissions
  • Towbar if fitted
  • Boot/tailgate
  • Seats
  • Body/vehicle structure
  • Fuel system
  • Seatbelts/SRS

As you can see, there are lots of components that are checked and with that comes lots of opportunity to fail. However, we’re listing the common reasons motorists fail their MOT to help you prepare and pass with flying colours.

How do I avoid failing?

Now you know what’s checked, let’s take a look at how you can prepare your vehicle for its MOT test.

Key things to check:

  • Take your car for its regular service check-ups. It can help to get one done shortly before your MOT test as the mechanic will be able to give you a heads up if
  • something on your car needs attention
  • Check all your lights are working, including your indicators and registration plate lights
  • Check tyre tread depth – this should be at least 1.6mm
  • Get windscreen cracks repaired and make sure there is nothing restricting your view
  • Check your power steering fluid
  • Make sure that your seatbelts are in good, working condition
  • Check for any warning lights on your dashboard
  • Wash your car regularly to prevent a build-up of rust
  • Registration plates must be visible and legible, so it can be worth giving them a pre-test clean
  • Check your horn is working

Need a local Peterborough garage?

At Vital Vehicle Care we have 20 years’ experience with performing car MOTs. Approved by Trust My Garage, we are a trusted, local Car Mechanic in Peterborough. Contact us today to get a quote.

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