June 23, 2010


We all know that cars can be expensive to look after and statistics show that around a third of all cars fail their yearly MOT.

When an MOT is being carried out the inspector cannot amend any faults no matter how small the defect, which can then result in it failing.

However, there are a few pointers to consider before putting your car in for its MOT which could make all the difference and save you a lot of money.

Make sure that your licence plate is clean and secure.

All seatbelt should be in correct working order, no DIY jobs allowed such as a knot to hold it in place!

Your windscreen wipers must clean the window screen sufficiently, if they don’t they are easy to replace. Your local garage or Halfords will sell them, much cheaper than paying for a new MOT.

The lights on the vehicle must all be in working order. The lens covering the light must be clean and have no serious cracks.

It is also wise to make sure your tyre pressure is correct and that there is 1.6mm tread across three quarters of the tyre as this is a legal requirement.

Natasha Simper of Britannia Driving School said: “Most of these things are simple and easy to do and with a wet cloth and a quick visit to your local petrol station, all of the above can be rectified before the MOT inspectors get their hands on your car.”

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