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Top 10 Tips to help you pass your MOT first time…
With the EU enforcing tougher MOT rules on motorists it’s no surprise that around 1.5 million vehicles fail their MOTs each year.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) say “MOT failures could be avoided if motorists notify the dealer of simple problems before their car is tested”.
Concorde Auto Centre wants to advise motorists that an MOT fail could be easily avoided if a few simple checks are carried out prior to a scheduled MOT.
The ‘Minute Or Two’ MOT check list consists of 10 simple tips, that could save you time and money!
1. Headlights and indicators
Check that all of your car’s lights function properly – headlights, sidelights, rear lights, hazard lights and indicators.
2. Brake lights
Press the brake pedal and ask a friend to check that the rear brake lights come on – including any supplementary brake strip light. Alternatively, carefully reverse up to a reflective surface (window, wall or garage door) and look behind to see for yourself.
3. Number plate
Make sure that the number plate is clean and legible – even a quick wipe with a cloth can make a difference. The font and spacing of letters must also comply with legal requirements to be passed by the MOT station.
4. Wheels and tyres
Check that wheels and tyres are undamaged. The minimum legal tyre tread depth is 1.6mm and any tyres with less than this will be marked as an MOT ‘fail’ (though it’s recommended that tyres are changed when tread reaches 3mm). If you’re in doubt about how much tread is left on a tyre, your local Concorde Auto Centre can check for you. Concorde Auto Centre can also advise on the type of tyre that is right for your car if a replacement is required.
5. Seats and seatbelts
The driver’s seat should adjust forwards and backwards and all seatbelts should be in good, working order. Test movement of the seat and inspect the seatbelt’s full length for damage. Tug sharply on all seatbelts to check that they react as they’re supposed to if you have to brake severely.
They save your life in a crash, but only if they work properly – inspect the full length for damage and tug sharply on all the seatbelts to check that they react as they’re supposed if you have to brake severely.
Check the view out of the front of the car for damage – any damage larger than 40mm will cause a ‘fail’, as will any damage wider than 10mm in the ‘swept’ area of the windscreen in front of the driver.
7. Windscreen wipers
Make sure your wipers are able to keep your windscreen clean – any tears or holes in the wiper rubber can be an MOT fail.
8. Screen wash
Top up the washer bottle before taking the car in for a test – something as simple as an empty container can cause an MOT fail.
Give a short blast of the horn – if it doesn't work, Concorde Auto Centre can repair or replace it.
10. Fuel and engine oil
Make sure your car is filled with enough fuel and engine oil – you can be turned away from the MOT without suitable levels of either, both of which are required by the dealership when running the car to test its emissions levels. If you are unsure about the type of oil that should be used, ask your local Concorde Auto Centre.
Note: When checking fluid levels and handling parts that could be become hot to the touch (e.g. bulbs) it’s always best to ensure that the vehicle has had an opportunity to cool down fully. More information is available at www.passmymot.co.uk.
It only takes a minute to call Concorde Auto Centre and book your car in for an MOT for only £20. In fact if you book a scheduled service we will give you a FREE MOT at the same time! Visit www.concordeautocentre.com for more information.
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Call our new Leicester branch on 0116 366 0555 or visit http://concordeautocentre.com/branches/leicester
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Call 01945 582252 for Concorde Wisbech or visit http://concordeautocentre.com/branches/wisbech
About Concorde Auto Centre
With branches in Cambridge, Coventry, Leicester, Milton-keynes, Northampton, Norwich, Oxford, Peterborough, Swindon and Wisbech, Concorde Auto Centre offers a wide range of professional services with highly trained auto technicians always on hand to fit new parts or to offer advice to our loyal customers. Call us today to get the best prices on new car tyres fitted, winter car tyres fitted, wheel alignment, car exhaust systems, air conditioning recharges, replacement brake pads and discs, booking in your car for its MOT, car servicing, cambelts, shock absorbers, engine rebuilds, vehicle diagnostics, clutches, batteries, tow bars, turbo inspection and car gearboxes
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