Frustrated that you spent money on an MOT, only to have it fail? We understand how annoying this can be and, unfortunately, it’s not an uncommon occurrence. According to GOV.co.uk around 40% of vehicles fail their MOT test the first time, and 50% of the faults that are identified are avoidable with a simple bit of maintenance. So, how can you prepare your vehicle for an MOT and increase the likelihood that it will pass? In this article, we’ll be outlining our MOT Testing Guide, addressing the most common areas that cause an MOT to fail, and how you can avoid them. Read on to find out more.
Tyres are the part of your vehicle that are arguably subject to the most wear and tear. Not only do they drive the vehicle forwards or backwards, but they also support the body of your car around the clock, so it’s not surprising that the tread depth can wear thin after a while. If it falls below 1.6mm, then your tyres will be deemed illegal, and your MOT will fail. Fortunately, there is a simple way you can check this at home on a regular basis.
Simply take a 20 pence piece and insert it into the central tread. If the outer border of the coin is visible beyond the tread, then you will need to replace your tyres so they can properly grip the road. Pop into Tivoli Auto Services and we can take care of this for you.
You should also inspect the sidewall of your tyres for any cracks, cuts or lumps prior to your MOT, as these conditions can also lead to a failed test.
According to DVSA, 30% of all MOT failures are the result of insufficient light conditions. To avoid this, you must check each light and ensure they are all in working order.
Simply switch on your fog lights, hazard lights, headlights and indicators and inspect all sides of your vehicle to make sure there are no deficient bulbs. You will need to do the same with your brake lights and reverse lights, but you will require assistance from a secondary party to operate them whilst you observe.
If you notice a broken bulb, it will need to be replaced immediately with a legal OEM (original equipment manufacturer) or aftermarket bulb. If you are not confident doing this yourself, visit a main dealership or your local garage like Tivoli Auto Services.
It is essential that your view is unobstructed whilst driving, so it is understandable that damage to your windscreen could fail your MOT. Any damage to the windscreen that is less than 10mm on the driver’s side and 40mm on the passenger side can usually be repaired – but anything larger than that means you will need to replace your windscreen. Have a look over it for any damage before booking your next MOT testing service.
The same goes for your wipers and washers. Inspect your wiper blades for any dirt or damage and, if necessary, they should be replaced with new alternatives. This is an easy task and can usually be done at stores such as Halfords.
Your vehicle must clearly display two registration plates at all times, one at the front and one at the back. Both must be in good condition and easy to read so they are road legal, as outlined by the DVSA guidelines. You should particularly take note if you have fitted custom registration plates.
1 in 10 MOT’s fail due to insufficient brakes, so to ensure your vehicle is road safe, you should be checking your vehicle/s on a regular basis, ideally each time you set off on a journey. Symptoms of worn brakes include strange noises when applying pressure. and pulling to one side, at which point you should contact your local garage immediately. If this sounds familiar and you’re local to the Hastings area, pop in and we can take a look – your brake pads may need replacing!
We hope our MOT Testing Guide has helped, but if any of the above ring alarm bells, you should act immediately to ensure your car, van or motorbike is road-safe and legal. If you have any questions, or if you require assistance, contact us today on 01424 44 22 77. We have multiple test stations so may be able to take your booking at short notice. Alternatively, to find out more about MOT’s and what they involve, read our article.