Tips to Pass The MOT Test and What to Do if You Fail

The day of the MOT test arrives and you take your car to the service station to get it checked. If it is your first time, then your car is three years old by now. “It has been such a long time driving this wonderful vehicle. It will surely pass any test that comes its way,” you say to yourself. The mechanics take your car and begin their job. The results come in and they are the opposite of what you thought. Your car has failed the MOT and now you don’t know what to do.

Importance of MOT
If that has happened to you, you are not alone. Many drivers all over the U.K. fail to get their cars pass the MOT and end up paying a lot in repairs to make it roadworthy again. This test is a legal requirement that decides if your car is good for the road. Unfortunately, many motorists tend to forget its importance.

Your car becomes eligible for this test once it turns three years old and then every year thereafter. Driving a car without a MOT certificate attracts a fine up to £1000. To be on the safe side, both legally and physically, you should take your car for this test.

Check Yourself
What can you do to prepare your vehicle for MOT? There are plenty of things you can do right at home by yourself to ensure that your car is in good condition.

  • Lights not working cause the most MOT failures. Check them at home and replace the ones that have stopped working.
  • Check the treads to see if their depth is correct. You can use a 20p coin to perform this simple check. Also, check the tyre pressure and look for other damages while at it.
  • Make sure that nothing obstructs your view when you drive the car. Problems with the windscreen, wipers, washers, and rear-view mirrors can all cause your car to fail the test.


What if You Fail?
If your vehicle passes the test after you take these preliminary steps then it means that you have maintained it quite well. However, as your car gets older some problems might not be so obvious and it might fail even after you check it up at home. What can you do if your car fails the MOT test? There are several options:

  1. Leave it at the service station to get fixed and they might even retest it for free. They can perform a partial retest to check just the problems that came up during the test.
  2. Bring it back the next day for a free partial retest after getting your car repaired somewhere else if the service station does not provide repair services.
  3. Bring it back within ten days for a partial retest. You would get charged half the total fee for this.
  4. If ten days pass, then the retest would cost the full amount.


You can rid yourself of additional trouble by obtaining the MOT services at Express of Walton. This service station provides repair services for your car before and after the test so that you have nothing to worry about during the process.

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