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Guide to Pre-MOT Check

Ensuring Your Vehicle Passes the First Time

Preparing for an MOT inspection can be a daunting task. However, with a few simple checks, you can significantly increase the chances of your vehicle passing the first time around. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you get started:

1. Lighting System Checks

  • Headlights & Sidelights: Ensure both are functioning correctly and are free from damage or cloudiness.
  • Indicators: Make sure they flash at a consistent rate and are visible from both the front and rear.
  • Brake Lights: These are crucial for safety. Get a friend or family member to assist you in verifying that they illuminate when the brake pedal is pressed.

Tip: Replace any faulty bulbs immediately. Regularly clean your lights to ensure maximum visibility.

2. Tyre Inspection

  • Ensure all tyres, including the spare, are properly inflated.
  • Check for a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the entire circumference of the tyre.
  • Look for any signs of damage, such as cuts, bulges, or punctures.

Tip: Worn-out tyres are a leading cause of MOT failures. For peace of mind, visit us for a complimentary tyre check or consult your local tyre shop.

3. Brake System Assessment

  • Test the brakes to ensure they respond promptly and don’t feel spongy.
  • If the steering wheel vibrates or feels loose when braking, it might indicate worn-out brake discs or other issues.

Tip: Listen for any unusual noises when braking. Grinding or squeaking can suggest the need for maintenance.

4. Mirror & Glass Inspection

  • Ensure all mirrors are intact, securely mounted, and free from cracks or damage.
  • Check the windscreen and rear windscreen for any chips, cracks, or damage. Even small chips can impair the driver’s vision.

Tip: Many insurance policies cover windscreen repairs. Check with your provider if repairs are needed.

5. Exhaust & Emission Checks

  • Listen for excessive exhaust noise or rattling, which can indicate a problem.
  • Check for any signs of oil or exhaust leaks.
  • White smoke from the exhaust can indicate burning oil, while blue smoke might indicate burning fuel. Both can lead to MOT failure.

Tip: Regularly service your vehicle to ensure the exhaust system remains in optimal condition.

6. Additional Tips

  • Seatbelts: Ensure all seatbelts latch securely and release as they should.
  • Horn: Test to make sure it works and is audible.
  • Fluid Levels: Check oil, coolant, brake fluid, and washer fluid levels. Top up if necessary.
  • Windscreen and wipers: Make sure your wipers and washer work correctly, and you do not have large cracks on your windscreen. Any large cracks or chips in front of the driver area can lead to an MOT failure. 


Regular maintenance and these pre-MOT checks can go a long way in ensuring your vehicle is safe and ready for its MOT inspection. If you’re unsure about any aspect of your vehicle’s condition, it’s always best to consult with professionals. 

Schedule your MOT with us today for a thorough and reliable inspection.