Ten things to check before you take your car for its MOT.

A few quick checks can make all the difference to getting a car through its MOT.


1. Check Mirrors

Make sure all your mirrors are in place and check they’re not cracked, impairing your view or exposing a damaged edge.

2. Warning Lights

If a warning light is showing on your dashboard before the MOT, get the problem sorted. If the tester turns on the ignition and a light shows you will fail your MOT.

3. Tyre Tread

Having the right tyre tread is essential for safety.  You could face a fine and penalty points if tyres are below the required depth.

4. Lights working

Check all your lights are working to pass your MOT. If they’re not, replace the bulbs ahead of the test. Remember to check headlights, sidelights, rear lights, hazard lights, fog lights, indicators and brake lights.

5. Seats and seat belts

Check the driver’s seat can be adjusted and they’re all securely fitted. Check seat belts for damage and pull them to make sure they react properly.

6. Test the horn

The easiest check you can do – if your horn doesn’t work, get it fixed.

7. Check fluids

Make sure you check your oil, brake fluid and power steering fluid ahead of your MOT. Also make sure you have plenty of screen wash.


8. Windscreen

Check your windscreen for cracks. As long as a mark is not over 10mm and not obstructing the drivers view, or on the driver’s side, you should be fine. Elsewhere on the windscreen, the mark should be no larger than 40mm.

9. Wipers

Wipers must be able to clear the windscreen of rain and should be free of damage or tears. It will work out cheaper to replace them ahead of your MOT.

10. Give it a clean

A clean car will make no difference to whether you pass your MOT although if its full of clutter the tester can refuse to carry out the inspection. Do make sure number places are clean and easy to read and lights are not dirty.


Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of goodhousekeeing.co.uk. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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