Save money on your next MOT test by following these simple tips

If your MOT test is approaching and the thought of facing it is stressing you out then this post might be perfect for you. For many drivers, taking their cars in for am MOT test is the worst thing that could happen because if everything is not in place you might be left with a huge bill or even worse your car might be deemed unfit for the road. Doing a few simple pre-MOT checks, like inspecting your lights, tyres and wheels, drivers view, brakes, steering and suspension can help reduce the overall costs of getting your car through its MOT.

Tyres – The first thing to look out for are your tyres. The legal requirement in the UK is 1.6mm but you should never let them get that bad before you act. To check the tread count of your tyre, the easiest and most common way is the ‘20p test’. To do this you simply must insert a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre. If the outer band of the coin is obscured when it is inserted then your tread is legal and if it doesn’t then if might be time to replace your tyres. Before replacing make sure that you have information on the correct tyre sizes for your car.

Lights – It is always a clever idea to check the lights on your car. From your break lights to your headlights, indicators and anything else in-between. For your rear lights you can ask a friend to stand outside the car while you go through all the basics. The advantage of replacing your own bulbs is that you can shop around to find a cheap alternative and you don’t have to pay for a mechanic to help you fix it for you.

Windscreen – Carefully check your windscreen for cracks or chips. If you find a small chip it doesn’t necessarily mean the car will fail its MOT test but it is still important to get it fixed. A small chip is not a problem but if you leave it unattended and drive over speedbumps it can expand into a crack and cost more to fix or replace. While you are checking the windscreen, it might also be worth checking the wiper blades, they must be in good working condition to pass the MOT test.

Spark Plugs – Your spark plugs also play a role in the MOT test, they can be easily replaced before the MOT test if you feel that may be faulty. If the car is not idling smoothly, has trouble with acceleration or is using more fuel than usual, the spark plugs may be faulty. Most drivers are able to change the spark plugs themselves but it you do not feel comfortable about it then you can have a professional take a good at it.

While these DIY checks can help you avoid paying ridiculous charges and failing the MOT, not everyone can do. So, if you are not comfortable fixing any part of the car then you should take it into a professional to avoid incurring extra costs.