Tips for passing your MOT

There are a number of things that you can check before bringing your vehicle for an MOT, here are some of the common problems:

  • Make sure there is plenty of water in the washer bottle(s)
    Wipers and washers will be tested to ensure they operate properly and give the driver a clear view of the road.

  • Check the horn
    The effectiveness of the horn will be tested, and the type of horn will be assessed for correctness.

  • All lights should be working properly
    The MOT test checks the condition, operation and colour of your vehicles lights. It will also check that the headlamp aim is correct.

  • Make sure that you have the key for the fuel cap (if relevant)
    The fuel system is checked for leaks, and the fuel cap is checked to ensure that it fastens and seals securely. You should ensure that there is sufficient fuel for the duration of the test.

  • Check that the seatbelts can be clipped in
    All seatbelts, including those in the rear of the vehicle, are checked for type, condition, correct operation and security. All compulsory seatbelts must be in place.

  • Check the tread on the tyres and the tyre pressures
    The vehicle's wheels and tyres will be checked for a number of key points: the condition, security, tyre size and type and tread depth. Spare tyres are not tested.

  • Your registration plates should comply to the latest rules and regulations
    The condition, security, legibility and format of letters and numbers on your registration plate will be checked.

  • Check there are no sharp edges on the bodywork
    The structure of the vehicle and the body shell are checked for excessive corrosion or damage. Any sharp edge can result in a MOT failure.