A Guide to Preparing your Car for the Annual MOT Test

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If your car is 3 years or older, it must pass an annual MOT test to determine its roadworthiness, and rather than simply booking the vehicle in for the test, it is wise to have a pre-MOT check carried out first. The following should be inspected prior to the annual MOT test:

  • Lighting – Headlights, rear, brake and reversing lights and indicators should all be in good working order. The check also includes the hazard warning lights, plus the small bulbs that illuminate the registration.
  • Brakes – The car is put onto the rolling road and the brakes are tested for efficiency, as is the handbrake for correct tension. When looking for MOT testing in Reading, an online search will bring up a list of approved garages and you can book your car in for the test.
  • Windscreen – The wiper blades must not be perished and the washer must work, plus there should be no cracks in the windscreen.
  • Seat Belts – The webbing is inspected and the inertia clip tested.
  • Bodywork Inspection – The car is closely inspected for signs of rust and any sharp edges that might cause injury to a pedestrian.
  • Tyres – The minimum tread depth is 1.6mm and the tyres are checked for bulges and tears. If your tyres are worn, it might be best to replace them prior to the MOT test.

If you book your car in for a pre MOT test one week before the actual test, this will allow time to fix any minor issues, then your car will be roadworthy for another year.


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