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Top Tips for Passing Your MOT Every Time


When you hand your car over to the garage for your MOT, everything is then out of your hands – your car could look brand new and be working seemingly as normal, but you could still get a call from the mechanic, telling you that it has failed the test owing to a previously unseen issue. By checking your car for faults every so often, you can help avoid the nasty surprise of a failed MOT.

Check your lights

Faulty lights are one of the most common causes of MOT failure, which is particularly bad when you consider that it only takes five minutes to check your lights and fixing them yourself is neither expensive nor troublesome.

Wipers and Mirrors

Wiper blades work very hard in the rain to keep our views clear, and as a result they can fall victim to wear and tear. A simple check and a replacement if necessary can be the difference between passing and failing. Similarly, your car can even fail its MOT for something as simple as hanging an air freshener that obstructs your rear view mirror, so be sure to check!

Windows and Windscreens

Cracks, chips, distracting scratches – all of these can cause your car to fail its MOT. Cracks result in an instant failure, whereas chips often cause a failure if they are on the driver’s side of the windscreen. Getting chips and cracks fixed is often covered under fully comprehensive insurance, but if you have to pay for the service, it is still better than failing your MOT.


Seatbelts are absolutely vital for the use of cars, and they’re certainly vital for passing your MOT. Check that each belt clicks into place and stays securely in place – if not, get them fixed as a matter of urgency.

Horn Check

Testing a horn is easy – if it doesn’t beep when you press it, it’s broken. Take it to get fixed before the test.

Engine Fluids

Oil, brake fluid, wiper fluid – each one is as important as the other, so check them to see if the fluid levels are correct. Also check your brakes – if the brake pedal feels spongy when you press it down, this could mean there is air in the brake system and it needs to be fixed by bleeding the brakes.

Here at Tyres Northampton, our expertise extends beyond the fitting of tyres to a wide range of services, including MOTs. If you would like to book your car in for a service, get in touch with us today and we’ll be more than happy to help.


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