How to Prepare your Car for an MOT Test

If your car is more than 3 years old, it will have to be MOT tested every year, which determines the roadworthiness of the vehicle, and prior to booking the vehicle with local MOT services in Exeter, here are some aspects to check over.

  • Lights – Front and rear lights, brake and reversing lights, and not forgetting indicators and hazard warning lights. All should be working properly, and any blown bulbs should be replaced prior to the test.
  • Windscreen wipers and washers – The wiper blades should be in good condition, and make sure there is water in the washer bottle, otherwise your car will fail. The windscreen should have no cracks.
  • Steering and Suspension – The technician will take a quick look to ensure that the steering is responsive and that the shock absorbers are working properly.
  • Brakes – The car will be put on a rolling road to check the effectiveness of the brakes, and the handbrake is checked for correct tension.
  • Tyres – The tread depth must be a minimum of 1.6mm, and the sidewalls have no bulges or tears. Any signs of excessive wear would mean you should change the tyres prior to the MOT test, as the tyres are a critical component for any vehicle.
  • Body Inspection – The MOT examiner will walk around the car, looking for signs of rust and sharp edges that might pose a threat to pedestrians.

In the event your car fails its MOT test, as long as you have it repaired and return it to the same MOT test centre, you can retest at no extra cost.

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