How to Prepare your Car for the Annual MOT Test

If your car is more than 3 years old, it must be tested for roadworthiness annually, and prior to booking your car in for the test, you should check the following

  1. The Lights – The MOT technician will check the headlights, rear, brake and reversing lights, while also checking that the indicators and hazard warning lights also work.
  2. The Tyres – The minimum tread depth is 1.6mm and all tyres would be checked for tread depth and bulges or tears on the sidewalls.
  3. Steering & Suspension – If you take your car to an affordable MOT test centre in Exeter, the steering and shock absorbers would be checked to see there are no issues.
  4. Brakes – The car will be put on a rolling road and the brake efficiency would be tested, along with the correct tension on the handbrake.
  5. Windscreen, Wipers and Washers –The windscreen should be free from cracks or splits, and the wiper blades are checked for condition, plus there must be water in the washer system, otherwise the vehicle will fail the test.
  6. The Bodywork – The technician will inspect the body work looking for signs of rust and any sharp edges that might be a danger to passing pedestrians.

If you book your car in for a pre MOT test a few days prior to the expiry date of the test certificate, this will allow the technician time to make any repairs that might be needed. If everything has been inspected, there is no reason why your car should fail, and it will be driveable for one more year.

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