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Pre-MOT Checks You Can Do

With pre-MOT checks, it's the little details that can make the difference between a pass and a fail.

When your car is in for its MOT, the inspector is not allowed to make any repairs. It therefore makes sense for you to perform several checks beforehand:

  1. Tackle your car from the inside out. Ensure that there is no play in the driver's controls – check the steering wheel and column, the handbrake and the footbrake.
  2. Make sure that there aren't any large chips or cracks on the windscreen so your vision is clear.
  3. Check the seatbelts – look for damage on the buckles and, if you own a dog, ensure that it hasn't chewed through the belts themselves.
  4. Once outside the car, you should give it a bounce to test the shock absorbers. Anything other than a firm response could spell trouble.
  5. It's important that your wheels are aligned correctly and that your tyres are inflated to the right pressure. The tread shouldn't fall below 1.6mm and the tyre shape should be true.
  6. Don't forget your lights. The casings should have no cracks or damage and they should all work without any problems (including your indicators, fog lights and any number plate lights).
  7. An easy one to forget is your number plate. The spacing between each character should be adequate and the plate itself securely fastened.
  8. And lastly, clean and inspect your car and Keep an eye out for any corrosion while you're at it. While a clean car isn't strictly necessary, any way of keeping an MOT inspector happy is worth bearing in mind.

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