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How to Prepare for the MOT Test


Every vehicle that is older than 3 years must undergo an MOT test annually, which will determine if the car is roadworthy and safe. It isn’t a good idea to simply book the car in and hope for the best, and with that in mind, here are some tips on preparing your car for the MOT test.

  • Check the lights, reflectors, brake lights and number plate lights and ensure they all work.
  • Check tyres and wheels, with the minimum of tyre tread set at 1.6mm, and also look for bulges or tears in the tyre walls, which would be dangerous.
  • Brakes should be checked for performance prior to booking the car for an MOT in Hamilton, as the tester will put the car on a brake performance testing apparatus.
  • Wipers, washers and windscreen are all checked, and make sure the washer bottle is full, as the car will fail is there’s no water. The windscreen will be checked for cracks or chips, which could be hazardous when driving.
  • Seat Belts are checked for wear and tear and a strong anchor point.
  • Steering and suspension are also included in the test, and in the event you think there might be a problem, have a mechanic do a pre MOT inspection, which will highlight any issues.

In the event the car fails the MOT test, the garage will retest for free if it is returned within 7 days and the defects have been resolved, and by sourcing a local MOT testing garage, you won’t have far to go.

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