July 27, 2013
A Guide to MOT
This guide will help you to know the rules of a MOT and help you to avoid unnecessary costs from failed MOTs.
Outlined below are 4 main rules to follow to ensure your car has the best possible chance of passing:
• Responsibility – It’s the owners responsibility to ensure their vehicles certificate is valid
• When will you need an MOT? – A car needs a test when it is 3 years old and annually after that. It is best to be organized and get a test a month before your vehicle certificate becomes invalid
• Book in Advance – If your cars certification runs out, you can still drive it to the test centre if you’ve booked an appointment
• MOT Costs – The costs are limited for an MOT. Companies can only charge up to the official maximum. For cars the max cost is £54.85 and for motorbikes its £29.65
DIY MOT –
On average, 40% of MOTs fail first time mainly down to common sense errors. Some fails you can sort yourself and others will need a professional but it is worth looking into this as sorting it out pre test will be cheaper. Below are some checks to consider before you book an MOT test:
• Lights – Switch on all lights and walk round your car. Make sure they’re all working correctly
• Suspension – You can do a quick suspension test yourself. Quickly apply weight to each corner of the car and release. It should quickly settle back
• Brakes – If your brakes are slow responding and there is no resistance in the handbrake then that signals that there could be a problem
• Tyres – Check what the tyre pressure should be and visit a petrol station to fill them up if needed. Also check the tyre threads. The legal minimum is 1.6mm
• Windscreen – Check for damage. Damage in the central view should be no larger than 10mm and in the swept area, no larger than 40mm. Also check windscreen wipers
• Exhaust – Check if the exhaust is leaking by listening for unusual noises and abnormal smoke
• License Plates – Make sure plates are clean and easily read
• The rest – Check fuel caps, mirrors, seatbelts etc
Choosing the right MOT –
It’s important to choose the right MPOT test centre based on your cars condition. Below are some points to consider:
• Car in Top Condition – I f your car is in perfect condition then and your confident it will pass then look for centres offering cheap MOT’s
• Car in Moderate Condition – If you think you’ll just need minor repairs, consider a local council run test centre
• Car in Poor Condition – Perhaps go to a local garage that also offers repairs, which will be convenient and could save you money
Council MOT Test Centres –
You should also think about visiting a council owned test centre because reports have found that cars are more likely to pass or need fewer repairs compared with other garages.
It is important to know that there is no safety compromise going to a council run centre. Most council run centres are the best available and have strict safety procedures.
Failed MOT –
In the unfortunate event of your vehicle failing its MOT, your car will need to be retested once it has been repaired. This can either be free or at a discounted price. Look a the points below to see which category you’ll fall into:
• Repairs done at test centre – retests will be free if repairs take place at the test centre and the vehicle is retested within 10 days
• Test at Local Council Centre – Retest costs are half price if the vehicle is brought back to the original test centre within 10 days
• Other situations – Any other cases will require you to pay the full test price
This guide is a quick summary of useful tips and advice regarding your MOT and if you try to follow these then you will have a better chance of passing your MOT test.