What You Need to Know About MOT Testing

Unless you drive a new car, you may need to have your vehicle tested every year for roadworthiness. This test, which is called an MOT test, helps determine if your vehicle is safe to drive, not only to protect you but other drivers on the road too. Here is some information you should know about taking your car for MOT testing. You can check to see if your MOT is due here.

When Are Vehicles Tested?

Unless your car is over three years old or it has been three years since it was registered, it won’t need to be tested. However, once it has been three years since its registration, or the vehicle is three years old, then an MOT test needs to be done every year. An exemption for older vehicles will go into effect May 2018, so cars, vans, and other vehicles that are at least 40 years old will no longer need an MOT test.

What an MOT Test Covers

An MOT test is a thorough examination of a vehicle from the Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, to the operation of the horn. When you take your car to one of the MOT test centres in Stevenage, they may begin by making sure the VIN is in its proper place and legible. Then, they may take a look at the:

  • Lights
  • Suspension and steering systems
  • Wipers
  • Windshield
  • Horn
  • Fuel system
  • Emissions

How Not to Fail the MOT

While most cars pass the MOT test, others fail for simple reasons. Here are some things you need to do before taking your car for testing.

Top Off Fluids

During the test, a technician will check the fluid levels of your car, including washer fluid. Take a few minutes to top off the fluids so you won’t fail the test. Some cars have failed the test due to low washer fluid levels.

Clean Your Car

Remove the trash and other clutter from the cabin and boot of your vehicle before taking it in for testing. Also, clean the mirrors and windows, so they are free from dirt. You don’t want your car to fail over a bit of rubbish on the passenger’s side floorboard.

Clear the View

Make sure there is nothing blocking your view, including stickers. The stickers on your windshield, including the tax disc, should be on the outside of the wipers’ sweep area. If not, try to move them before taking your car to a testing centre.

Check Warning Lights

If you have a lit warning light on your dashboard, you should know the meaning of it and why it’s lit. Have the light checked, and repairs are done if possible, before you take the car in for the MOT test. However, you should at least know what the warning light means.

The cost of the MOT test is currently £54.85, so you shouldn’t pay more than that for the test. Many testing centres charge less, and you may be able to save about 50% off the cost. Make sure to correct anything minor on your car before taking it in for testing.

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