Things to check before your MOT
Once a year every car owner has a mini panic as they worry if their motor will pass its MOT. Of course, the smug folk amongst us will have their cars serviced every 500 miles, and only the finest Peruvian engine oil flown in to ensure everything’s kept tip top and ship shape. For the mere mortals however, now is the time to try to get all the little problems fixed so that the car won’t fail its test, resulting in expensive retest charges or last minute bills.
The absolute basics to check are water, oil, and lights. These are very basic tests and should be done periodically anyway. Not all oils are born equal, so make sure that you buy the right type for your car, most suppliers will be able to advice for your make and model. Replacement lights can be a little trickier to fit, although well worth sorting out before the test, and again there’ll be specific ones for each make and model so may need ordering in.
Another simple thing to check are the tyres. Tread depth is very important for an MOT test; it’s also incredibly important for safety reasons. Never drive on bald tyres. It might seem an expensive annoyance to get tyres replaced but they should never be overlooked. In bad weather bald tyres can be lethal, get the correct tyres fitted and balanced well before tread depth dips too low.
If there’s any major mechanical work that needs doing, but you’ve been putting it off, now is the time to get it done. If you’re skilled with mechanics fix as much as you can yourself, and invest the money you would have paid a garage for the work in some decent tools. Hire Torque Ltd can supply a wide range of tools, including from industry leaders Norbar. This will prove useful if you do need to replace your tyres as mentioned earlier and you know how to do it yourself. However you may still need to visit a garage to get them properly balanced afterwards.
Welding work is essential, and properly executed will restore a dodgy chassis to a safe state. Rust needs to be properly dealt with, especially on any major structural areas, like the seat belt anchorages for example. As annoying as the extra expense may seem it could ultimately be lifesaving, and cars may be expensive but people are irreplaceable.
The most important tip though is to get the test done as early as possible – you have a month before the current one expires. This means if any major problems are found there’s more time to get them fixed for the best price possible, and many places offer a free retest so look out for this too.