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Readying Your Vehicle for an MOT

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Whilst the annual MOT is something many of us don’t want to have to do, getting that certificate is an absolute must if your vehicle is more than 3 years old. As such, wouldn’t it be helpful, and make all our lives easier, if we could leave our cars in the hands of someone we trust to do a thorough and accurate MOT? Here at Pitstop, we want to instil that level of confidence in you, we want you to be able to drop your car off with us, and be able to feel free to forget about it until you pick it up again. We want to de-stress the general temperament the MOT is usually met with, and make it less hassle for everyone. Here then are some top tips and simple checks to make when sending your vehicle in, so as to ensure the highest possibility of a pass!

Unfortunately, passing an MOT has some strict rules, so check off these easy mistakes first!

 Ensure the lights are working; remember to look for the small number plate lights as well!
 Test the windscreen wipers, and the washing mechanism
 Toot the horn to check it still makes a noise (unless you’re the kind of driver who already knows)
 Inspect the seatbelts – they can often become damaged or frayed and this can have severe consequences, compromising the safety of the vehicle!

Pay attention to your tyres. Tread is an easy one to miss out on, and often costs the MOT if the depth is no longer right. It can also indicate signs of mal-calibrated tracking if they’re worn unevenly on one side. General tyre care is also important, so bulges, cracking or anything that’s become stuck in the tread should be noted and taken care of.

Lastly, run a few checks on the brakes, see if the pedal feels to light or spongy, and check the amount of clicking involved when you pull the handbrake up. Too much can mean the cable needs adjusting slightly, whereas a handbrake that doesn’t hold strong needs tightening urgently!

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to making the MOT less of a mountain and more of a molehill. Then of course, all you need do is give us at the Pitstop Motorist Centre a call and the rest will be taken care of! Happy motoring!

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