An MOT update for your car!

Sponsored Post If you’re a car owner in the UK, you’ll be aware of MOT tests. However, do you know why they’re so important? Let’s take a quick look at that, as well as when it needs to be done and how it is performed.

Why are MOT tests important?

MOT tests are an important part of car ownership – we all want ourselves and our passengers to be safe in our vehicle. MOTs check the vehicle safety and its roadworthiness as well as checking its emissions. By having these checks done and certified, we can help the road to be a safer place for everyone.

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When should you get your MOT test?

Most vehicles over the age of 3 years require an MOT test. However, some exemptions do apply, including many vehicles over 40 years old. MOTs need to be performed annually and you don’t get reminders through, so it is up to you to keep track of this. If you don’t, your insurance becomes invalid and there could of course be a safety risk. However, some garages do offer a text service to remind you of when your MOT is due.

How are MOTs performed?

The MOT test takes around an hour for the garage to carry out and they check all over the car.

Externally, they make sure that the bodywork is in good shape and not corroding. They check the tread and inflation of the tyres and inspect the wheels. The mirrors, wipers, windows, windscreen and doors will be checked. The lights and indicators will be tested and they’ll make sure that the numberplates can be read.

The MOT tester will also look underneath the car, checking the suspension, shock absorbers, brakes, wheel bearings, fuel system, exhaust, drive shafts and steering. Meanwhile, underneath the bonnet they’ll check that the battery and electronics look good.

Inside the vehicle, the tester makes sure that the seat belts secure safely and test that the horn works (a car I previously owned actually failed on the latter! Thankfully, my Dad had a spare horn in his shed from his old E plate Vauxhall Cavalier that we replaced it with for its retest). They’ll also check various switches, mirrors, the steering and the speedometer.

Bearing all this in mind, it’s a good idea to check some of these things for yourself before your MOT. Although many garages retest for free, it saves you time and effort if your vehicle ends up failing for something you could have easily sorted out beforehand!

If you’re in the Northampton area, I recommend going to Calmac Tyres, who have excellent reviews from their customers. Waiting around for an MOT is often boring, but there they have free WiFi, tea and coffee. There’s also easy access for those with disabilities and the waiting area is child friendly!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Calmac Tyres for which I have received compensation. As always, all views and opinions are honest and my own.

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