Help your vehicle pass it's MOT with our Guide

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Our approved DVSA MOT inspector will check the following stated below before a MOT certificate is issued, to identify it complies with the minimum standards enforced by the DVSA.

Before a MOT pass certificate can be issued, an approved DVSA MOT inspector will check the exterior, interior and under the bonnet against the checklist. This is for the purpose of identifying if your vehicle complies with the minimum standards enforced by the DVSA.

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Help your vehicle pass its next MOT with our guide

1. Headlights and indicators

Check that all your Vehicles lights function properly – headlights, sidelights, rear lights, hazard lights and indicators.

2. Brake lights

Ensure that the rear brake lights come on – including any supplementary brake strip light.

3. Number plate

Make sure that the number plate is clean and legible – even a quick wipe with a cloth can make a difference. The font and spacing of letters must also comply with legal requirements to be passed by the MOT station.

4. Wheels and tyres

Check that wheels and tyres are undamaged. The minimum legal tyre tread depth is 1.6mm and any tyres with less than this will be marked as an MOT ‘fail’. If you’re in doubt about how much tread is left on a tyre, contact your Local Express Fit for a free of charge tyre check prior to your MOT.

5. Seats and seatbelts

The driver’s seat should adjust forwards and backwards and all seat belts should be in good, working order. Test movement of the seat and inspect the seatbelt’s full length for damage. Tug sharply on all the seat belts, this should come to a halt as if it would in an emergency stop or unexpected incident.

6. Windscreen

Check the view out of the front of the car for damage – any damage larger than 40mm will result in a ‘fail’, as will any damage wider than 10mm in the ‘swept’ area of the windscreen in front of the driver.

7. Windscreen wipers

Make sure your wipers can keep your windscreen clean – You will  fail a MOT test if there are any tears or holes in the wiper rubber.

8. Screen wash

Top up the washer bottle before taking your vehicle in for a test – something as simple as an empty container can cause a MOT to fail.

9. Horn

Give a short blast of the horn – if it doesn’t work, your dealer will need to repair or replace it.

10. Fuel and engine oil

Check the fuel filter under the bonnet to identify if there are any components trapped – if this is the case it will need replacing. Check the engine oil under the bonnet to see if the level of oil is between the minimum and maximum markings by removing and wiping the dipstick and replacing it back in and removing it again.

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