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How to Prepare Your Car for an MOT

by | 21 Sep 2019 | News

If your car or vehicle is older than 3 years, you will need to take it for an annual MOT test each year. This is a legal requirement in the UK and will test for vehicle safety, roadworthiness aspects and exhaust emissions.

When your car or vehicle MOT test is due, it’s important to take the time to check the basics in order to give you the best possible chance of passing the test.

Here are some hints and tips that will help:

  • Check when you last had your car or vehicle serviced – you may get asked about this;
  • Check your vehicle’s engine management lights on the dashboard – they should go out after a few seconds;
  • Turn all lights and indicators on and walk around the vehicle – check they are all working;
  • Check windows and mirrors for cracks or damage;
  • Drive your vehicle and check for unusual smoke or strange smells;
  • Check for strange noises when braking or when cornering;
  • If you notice your vehicle is using more petrol or diesel than usual, this may indicate a problem.

Remember, you can book your MOT test up to one month before your current test certificate expires. Give yourself some time and options before the test to get repairs done. If you leave it until last minute you will have a limited time to get the faults rectified for the re-test.

Booking an MOT Test in Neath Port Talbot is easy with West End Service Station. Simply call us on 01639 886352 and book a date which is convenient to you. We can also advise you on the repairs of any faults you may have found with your vehicle.