Revealed – How to Pass Your MOT First Time

With the average price for a new car drastically rising by 38 percent over the last decade and fuel becoming 20p more expensive,  and the price of car insurance rising, it is no secret that motoring is becoming ever more expensive. These tips that I’m sharing today will help you pass your MOT first time and save you the cost of a retest.

With this being said, keeping our motoring costs at a minimum is essential. Despite the initial assumption that this is a difficult task to achieve, it may be simpler than it seems. 

The most basic of actions such as braking lightly, reducing acceleration, removing unnecessary weight from your car, and driving at a steadier pace are all effective ways to reduce your fuel consumption. Meanwhile, shopping around, fitting a black box, and paying a one-off premium are all similar ways to reduce the cost of your insurance. 

So, when it comes to your MOT, how can the unnecessary extra costs of this be prevented too? 

Revealed - How to Pass Your MOT First Time

As far as first attempts go, two out of five cars fail their MOT.  Although an MOT test costs, at the most, £54.85, the bill can grow quicker than Pinocchio’s nose when the mechanic begins to recognise faults within a vehicle. 

Here are the five most prevalent reasons for this failure, according to What Car? Magazine: 

  • Not having screen wash topped up
  • The driver’s view is impeded by something on the windscreen 
  • A light is out 
  • The plates don’t fit within the DVLA guidelines e.g. wrong font or wrong spacing 
  • The car is dirty on the inside or outside 

In most cases, these failings are considered to be an unavoidable quick fix.  Here, SEAT dealership Vindis, take a look at the various ways in which can help make your MOT test day a smooth experience and one which isn’t going to break the bank.

The essential MOT checklist to keep you organised 

It’s easy to forget some of the ways in which your car will be examined during its MOT, therefore it is important to make a checklist of all the things to look out for before sending your vehicle for the test. 

Make everything squeaky clean 

Is having a grubby car worth risking the failure of a MOT test?  If you want to pass your MOT first time clean your car!

If you don’t need it, bin it! Make sure to get rid of any food wrappers, empty water bottles, and any other litter. Following this, give it a hoover, before power washing it on the outside and on the underneath of the vehicle. What will take you an hour in cleaning will save you a re-test and a major inconvenience. 

Tyre check success 

As far as safety goes, your tyres are the only thing that is constantly being tested by road surfaces, therefore ensuring these are in top condition before your MOT is vital. Therefore, checking of your tyres will be particularly stringent during an MOT test. 

A tread depth of more than 1.6mm is considered suitable. You can test this with a tyre tread depth indicator or a 20p coin. Likewise, check the tyre for any bulges, cuts, or splits, alongside checking your tyre pressure is correct and it aligns with that of the manufacturer’s guidelines. 

checking tyre tread depth

The importance of lights 

Hazards, headlights (dipped and full beam), indicators, and brake lights all need to be checked. For the latter of the list, we advise getting someone to help you, as you’ll not be able to them yourself. 

If any of the bulbs have blown, visit your nearest reputable vehicle dealership or parts store and you’ll be able to purchase a new one.

Windscreen winces 

Any cracks, marks or damages to the windscreen that exceed more than 40mm in length or over 10mm across the driver’s sight line will cause your vehicle to fail its MOT.  Remember to remove any air fresheners or parking permits which could be considered to obstruct vision. 

Bonnet bearing 

Despite regular assumptions being that opening your bonnet can be like opening a can of worms, it may be easier than you expect. Top up your oil so that it sits between the minimum and the maximum marker. Following this, top up your washer fluid bottle, your fuel tank, and your anti-freeze. It’s cheaper to do it yourself than paying a mechanic to do it for you!

Warning! Check for these lights

Any lit-up warning lights that appear on your vehicle are now part of the MOT procedure since the introduction of this in 2012. If there are any dashboard lights appearing on your car, find out what they mean and get them resolved prior to your test. All these tips will help you pass your MOT first time.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

rachel bustin


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