How to Prepare your Car for the MOT Test


If your care is soon due for an MOT test, there are some things you should do prior to the test date. Any vehicle that is at least three years old must be MOT tested annually, and with that in mind, here are a few tips on how to best prepare for an MOT.

  • Check the Lights – This includes the brake lights and indicators, and with someone looking at the rear of the car, you can turn on the indicators and press on the brake pedal. If you have yet to book your car for the test, there are qualified MOTs in Bristol which can be found with an online search.
  • Check the Tyres – The tread should be at least 1.6mm in depth and the tyres should be inflated to the correct pressure and have no bulges on the sides.
  • Horn, Wipers and Windscreen Washer– Check that the horn works and also that the wiper blades are in good condition and the washer bottle is topped up with water. While you are there, check that the windscreen is not cracked, as this can lead to a fail.
  • Hand brake and Seat Belts– The handbrake should be working properly and the seatbelts should be in good working order, as these things will be checked by the MOT inspector. If the car fails the test, you can retest at the same garage, as long as it within a ten day period, and obviously, the issues are remedied.

If you have checked al of the above, your car should sail through the MOT test and that means it is roadworthy for at least one more year.

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