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Top 10 simple pre-MoT checks

Carrying out regular checks and basic driveway DIY could prevent 1.5 million MoT failures every year, according to new research.

Leading used vehicle warranty provider, Warranty Direct, claims that simple maintenance and replacing some accessible car parts at home could slash the number of MoT failures recorded in the UK each year.

With a current national MoT failure rate of 39.52% and a government set maximum MoT price of £54.85 there has never been a better time to undertake some driveway DIY.

Increasingly complex cars put many motorists off maintaining their own cars, but the list of simple jobs that can mean the difference between passing and failing an MoT includes changing light bulbs, replacing windscreen washer fluid and checking parts like wipers and tyres.

An empty screen wash container can also cause an MoT fail, as can blown headlights, sidelights, rear lights, hazard lights and indicators, all of which could mean forking out for a re-test.

Top 10 simple pre-MoT checks

  1. Headlights and indicators
  2. Brake lights
  3. Number plate
  4. Wheels and tyres
  5. Seats and seatbelts
  6. Windscreen
  7. Windscreen wipers
  8. Screenwash
  9. Horn
  10. Fuel and engine oil

These checks are simple, and very easy to do at home. For the messier jobs, i.e checking your oil, you could always pick up some gloves which are used by mechanics, to protect yourself.

You don’t need to be an expert to do these checks – they only take minutes, but will save you a lot of money in the long run.

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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  1. Interesting and informative post I have shared through my social media links.
    I look forward to seeing and posting more of your content.
    Thank you for sharing this information.

  2. In Australia, specifically NSW we have a similar test to your MOT. Every year a vehicle has to pass a Roadworthy Test (Some of Australia’s other states don’t require one) so regular maintenance of your vehicle is important for us.

    It’s true, vehicles are getting more technical which puts the average driver off from doing any checks themselves. The list you have provided though is good, just a few simple checks that can be done by most people and will possible save them some money and time.

    Fortunately for us, the cost of these checks is not yet very high (sitting at around $35 in Sydney). The State Govt. stings us on the mandatory vehicle registration and third-party insurances!

  3. A really nice and simple post on MOT checking, no jargon just the easy to see and read advice. Thanks. Jodie.

  4. Hey Gareth,
    Thanks for this helpful post for MOT checks. Bookmarked it.

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