There are a few simple basic things you can do as preparing for your MOT can optimise your chances of passing the first time, although it’s not necessary to fully prepare for your MOT because if there are any problems, we will be able to assist you, to help your vehicle pass it’s MOT.

Below are a few basic steps that you could take to improve the chances of your vehicle passing its MOT the first time

Clean your vehicle
Whilst your vehicle doesn’t have to be sparkling clean, it’s helpful to have a presentable vehicle. Remove rubbish to make it easier for the technicians that will be working on your vehicle.
It’s good to ensure the outside of a vehicle isn’t covered in mud or dirt, making sure the number plate is clean and visible; after all, you could get fined by the authorities if you’re caught driving on the road with a non-visible number plate.

Check your lights
It’s worth checking your lights before your MOT to ensure they all work, as issues with lights are often one of the main reasons for failure. To do this simply switch on the lights from inside the vehicle and get someone to walk around to check each bulb is working.

Test your tyres
Tyres can be another common MOT fail, so check your tyre’s tread depth as well as any obvious damage, cuts or bulges. There are different ways you can check your tyres to make sure that they meet the legal minimum tread depth.

  1. Tread wear indicators
    One way to check that your tyre treads are legal is to look for tread wear indicators; these are small bars, about 5mm wide, that are usually built into the base of the tyre's main grooves.
    If your tyre tread is level with the top of the wear indicator, it means your tyres have reached the legal limit of 1.6mm and need to be replaced.
  2. Tyre gauges
    Tyre gauges are simple ways of testing your tyres and come in many different forms – from manual to digital gauges and laminated cards with coloured indicators. These are inexpensive to buy and simple to use. Simply place the gauge into the tyre’s groove to check how close you are to reaching the required minimum legal depth of 1.6mm

It's important to check your tyres regularly and in different places across your tyres so you can keep an eye out for worn tyres and spot any early signs of uneven wear. If you are unsure or not able to check your tyres, then don’t worry, as we will check this for you as part of your MOT checks.

Book your MOT
Remember that you’re responsible for ensuring your vehicle is always safe to drive, it can be unsafe even if you have a current MOT certificate.

Our team are here to ensure your vehicle is safe for the roads, so can assist with repairing any issues that are presented in the MOT test as well as advise you of any other issues your vehicle may have.

Get in touch to book your vehicle in for an MOT or if you feel your vehicle needs an annual check.