how to save money on your MOT

How to save money & make sure your car passes its MOT first time

Getting an MOT on your car is one of those annoying little life admin jobs that you have to do now and again. It’s also something which can take up a lot of time and money if you need repairs!

Luckily for me, my other half is a bit of a car buff and he’s definitely helped save us some cash on car costs over the years.

If you’re looking to make sure your car passes its MOT this year, here are some of my top tips to help you save time and money at your local garage.

How to measure your tyre tread

Your tyres are the only part of the car which comes into contact with the ground, and because of this they are some of the most important elements of the vehicle.

Before you go for your MOT Testing at Drive Vauxhall you need to make sure that your tyres measure up, literally.

The minimum tyre tread allowed legally is 1.6mm, so be sure that you measure your tread before you go to ensure it is above this level.

A quick and easy way to see if your tyre tread exceeds the minimum legal tread depth is to do the 20p test.

Simply place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre.

If the outer band of the 20p coin is hidden, then your tread is above the legal limit. If you can see any part of the outer band of the 20p coin, your tyre tread is illegal and needs looking at asap.

Photo courtesy of Kwik Fit


Check your lights BEFORE your MOT

It is a simple fact that you need lights on your car for your own safety and the safety to everyone around you.

Be sure that you turn on the lights and test them at home before an MOT. The last thing you want is for one of your lights to be out when you arrive because it’s a bit of a silly and expensive mistake.

It is easy (and cheaper) to replace the bulbs in your car so be sure to do this before you go.

Watch out for windscreen cracks

Your windscreen, of course, is the part of the car which you look out of to see the road in front of you.

If you have any chips or cracks in your windscreen, you need to make sure you get them repaired before you head off for your MOT test.

Cracks can be dangerous for a number of reasons and it is always worth being safe rather than sorry on the road.

Have you looked at your brake leaks?

Another important thing you will want to check before an MOT is whether there are any leaks from your brakes, which could cause you to fail.

The brakes are a crucial part of the car and they allow you to stay safe on the road at all times.

When it comes to checking the brakes for leaks you need to inspect carefully because it can sometimes be difficult to see.

Don’t forget the dashboard

It isn’t just the outside of the car which will be heavily checked when you come to an MOT. The inside of the car, and specifically, the car dashboard will also be checked.

The dashboard of your car will need to be checked for any faulty lights or electrical issues and this can make sure that you do indeed pass your MOT first time you take it.

Look at your bodywork & exterior


Your bodywork is an important part of the car because it is the barrier against you and the elements outside.

The safety of yourself and other drivers on the road can be affected by your bodywork, for example if your doors are rusted and fall off when you are driving.

This is an extreme case but you do need to be sure that your bodywork is protected and not rusty.

So there are my top tips to save your car time at the garage and save your wallet, too. Make sure you check everything before your MOT, especially in this cold weather! 🙂

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