MOTs are necessary for any car owner (unless of course you are lucky enough to have a car less than three years of age), and it can be a daunting experience if you’re new to car ownership or if you’re unfamiliar with the garage you’re using.

Never fear, though – here are our top five tips to surviving your MOT:

1.What’s included? 

Before you take your car in to be tested, it’s a good idea to check what’s included in any costs, in case work does need to be carried out. For example, are parts and labour included? Or will labour be charged on top?

2.Will you be given a courtesy car if your car needs to be kept in? 

Some garages do offer a courtesy car as part of the basic service in the event your car needs to be worked on. This isn’t the case in the most part, however, and it may come at an additional cost if it is offered – so best to check in advance to make sure you’re prepared. 

3.Don’t forget your V5C form

The garage will use this to update the DVLA’s electronic system when your car has passed its MOT, so it’s important you take it with you. Some garages won’t perform the MOT until they have it, so it’s best to remember in the first place rather than end up being put out.

4.Check the basics

The most common reasons for a car failing a test can often be the easiest to solve, so it’s worth doing a quick reccie and checking your oil, water and windscreen wash levels, your lamp bulbs and your tyre tread in advance. A bit of time and effort in advance can pay dividends come test day! You can read more on the simple checks you can carry out here.

5.Don’t leave it until the last minute

You can book your car in for its MOT up to 28 days before it’s due. Garages get busy and often can’t fit in testing slots last minute, so it’s advisable not to risk it. Not having an MOT carries a fine of £1,000 so it pays to plan ahead.

Sarah Lewis


April 28, 2016

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