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Passing an MOT: Ensuring Your Vehicle Passes its MOT Test

July 12, 2017

Passing an MOT: Ensuring Your Vehicle Passes its MOT test

Passing an MOT shouldn’t be a challenge. Provided your car is in good condition, it will pass its MOT test with ease. What exactly do we mean by “in good condition”, though? Is it enough for the paintwork to be sharp, or is there more to a car’s condition that meets the untrained eye? Here, we’ll run you through some of the basic checks you can carry out before an MOT test to make sure your vehicle passes without a problem.
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Your vehicle’s lights are one of its most important assets, even during the summer months! In addition to the fact that you might be required to drive late at night, lights serve a multitude of other functions. Signalling, braking, and indicating all rely heavily on the lights of your vehicle working, so fully functioning lights are a fundamental aspect of driving. If they don’t work, then make sure they do before the MOT test!


Another fundamental aspect of driving, braking is, obviously, incredibly important. We’re going to go ahead and assume that you needn’t have an explanation this time round. If you notice anything unusual about your brakes, handbrake, or steering wheel, then you should do what you can to get it sorted.


Passing an MOT is all about ensuring that your vehicle is roadworthy. Therefore, if the driver’s view is obstructed or inhibited in any way, that vehicle is likely going to struggle. Ensuring that all mirrors are intact, and that the wipers on at the front and back of a vehicle aren’t in an unusual or inconvenient position, gives you the best chance of passing an MOT on these grounds.


Tyres must be the right size, and inflated to the right level. All tyres should have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm, and check for any visible damage such as scratches or lumps. Again, if there are any suspected issues with your vehicle’s tyres, taking your car or van into a reputable garage is a sure way to check them.


You should also check the overall condition of both the interior and exterior of a car or van before it is handed over for an MOT test. Ensure that all seatbelts, the horn, the registration plates and any spare tyres are functioning and in good, useable condition.

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We haven’t covered everything here, but have been able to go through the basic checks you should carry out before an MOT test. Simply having your car serviced frequently should be enough to make passing an MOT completely worry-free.

If you do notice that any of the above checks are particularly applicable to you, however, then the team here at French-German Car Services are here to help! We are a vastly experienced, family-run business with many years’ experience of fixing cars. To speak to us about your vehicle, either call us on 0207 609 1502 or fill in one of our simple online contact forms.