How to prepare for an MOT?
At HiQ we’d advise anyone with an approaching MOT to make themselves more aware of their vehicle and give it a good look over. That way, you can often identify and get help for any problems before it goes in for the test.
Top 10 tips for passing the MOT test
Take your car to a reputable garage
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Book your MOT with HiQ
Don’t forget to bring your log book (V5C) if it’s your car’s first ever MOT, or if it’s the first MOT since a change of registration. For all other MOTs, you don’t need to take your log book.
Check your lights
This is a very common cause for MOT failure. To test your lights, find somewhere dark and simply point your lights at a garage door or wall.
Check your screen
Check for even the smallest cracks, fill up your washer bottle, check your wipers.
Check your brakes
Spongy pedal, squeaking, scraping, pulling? There could be a problem.
Clean your registration plate
Seems like common sense – but an unclear reg plate can cause a failed MOT. Be sure your reg plate is clean, clear and legal.
Check your exhaust and emissions
Watch out for a cracked exhaust – it’s noisy. And don’t forget, blue or black smoke from diesel engines is a warning sign.
Test the steering
Any knocking sounds or pulling? Be sure to get your steering checked.
Examine your tyres
Min. legal tread is 1.6mm. Some tyres have treadwear indicators, but if not, simply insert a 20p coin into the tread at the shallowest point, mark & measure.
Inspect the bodywork
In extreme circumstances, rust can eat through bodywork & result in a failed MOT.