As many drivers will attest, getting a MOT can be a scary time. This is especially for those with older vehicles. What is more, if you don’t have the cash available, you are doomed to a lifetime of public transport. What could be more disheartening? However, there are some tricks, tips and hints that you can do to make sure that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on your car.

Let’s take a look at some helpful MOT tips that can help you save a fortune:

The Basics

Remember, it is not the cost of the MOT that is the problem. Cheap MOT fees are great. Many garages offer the MOT service for a great, low price. The problem lies that the repairs that are made to the car are often more costly than you would anticipate. Do bear in mind that a preemptive MOT check could save you a small fortune in the long run.

The Council

Did you know that your MOT test can be done at your local council? While the repairs cannot be fixed, they can MOT your vehicle and make sure it is up to standard. Think about this logically: the council has no vested interests in your vehicle passing or failing. You are more likely to get an honest review of your motor. This is heartening news all round.

Independent Mechanics

Do not dismiss your local, friendly mechanic. This will  make sure that your car does not fail the ultimate test. For many, this is a great relief. What is more, you can make sure that your car is serviced and MOT friendly. You don’t want your car to fail, and you be left getting the dreaded bus. You need to take preemptive action to make sure that your car is road legal. Spending little and often on your car, at your local mechanics, can make sure that your car is fit for a king.

DIY Tips for a Successful MOT

Many cars can be failed for something as simple as a broken headlight. These are things that  can be rectified quickly. You don’t have to be a mechanic to make some basic maintenance repairs. You will need to make sure that your tyres are not worn. You need to make sure that they have to the appropriate amount of tread. Check the tyre pressure to ensure that they are inflated to the required standard.

Check your brakes and brake pads. Do they grind? Can you hear the dreaded sound of metal on metal? If so, get them changed. This is cheap and easy to do. Much cheaper than trying to get this rectified after a failed MOT test.

Is your window screen damaged? Has it been subjected to a chip? At least 8% of drivers suffer from a failed MOT test because of a damaged screen. You need to get this matter fixed. Your insurance policy may even offer this service for free.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to make sure that your car is road legal. Maintain your car regularly to avoid MOT failure.


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