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How To Prepare Your Vehicle For MOT Testing

MOT Test

MOT testing is the annual assessment for cars over the age of three and it is required by law. The assessment looks at a range of vehicle components for faults and safety issues. To ensure that your car has the best chance of passing, we’ve put together a list of things you can easily check beforehand.

At Darglen Motors, we do our best to ensure that your vehicle passes and we will help to complete any work to get it roadworthy. Not comfortable handling the mechanical aspects of getting your car ready? Don’t worry, our team is ready to assist and will do everything they can to ensure the vehicle is safe.

These are only checks and shouldn’t take that long to carry out. We only recommend doing these to reduce the chances of failing the initial MOT testing. Put aside one hour of your time to complete these tasks before the assessment.

Clear Your Car

The first step is to ensure that your car isn’t in a messy state for MOT testing. This makes sure the assessment goes smoothly. Our team will have to enter your car to carry out all the checks needed. A clean and clear car makes this process simpler and more efficient.  So, ensure the vehicle is clear of any objects that could impact the results of the test. The windscreen area especially needs to be clear of anything that could obstruct the view of the driver. This even includes any damages or chips to the windscreen.

Car Lights

Look At Your Lights

The lights of a vehicle are quite a common reason for failing during MOT testing. In fact, much of the test is spent making sure all of the electricals are in working order. To check them, operate all parts of your lighting system from the driver’s seat and have somebody walk around the vehicle to check they are all working. While you’re at it, you can also give your horn a quick press to ensure that is operating correctly.

Changing out failed or failing lights helps save the hassle and time of retesting at a garage.

MOT Testing: Check Your Tyres

Tyres are important because they are what keeps your vehicle in contact with the road. These must be in a specific condition to ensure they pass the assessment. The legal tread depth is a minimum of 1.6mm and you can check this before a test with the 20p trick. The rubber will also be examined for any damages.

tread depth tyre
Screenwash Fluid

Fill Up Fluids

Despite being such an easy fix, not having any screen wash can impact the outcome of MOT testing. A garage could turn you away if you don’t have enough fuel or engine oil to complete the test, so ensure these are topped up. For the health of your car, these are important to keep on top of anyway.

Contact Us Today For MOT Testing

If your vehicle is due for its annual assessment, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. We can complete all the work needed to ensure your car is safe and roadworthy.


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