It’s coming up on MOT time in our house – somehow we’ve ended up with both cars being due at around about the same time which is a bit unfortunate! I can’t be the only one that finds MOT day nerve wracking? I guess its a throw back to my first cars. As a new driver I had a number of cheap little run arounds – no point having anything flashy for your first car right? So whilst my cars weren’t expensive to buy this did mean that they were old and starting to fail – meaning MOT time had the potential to be really expensive. I think my record was a Ford Escort which failed it’s MOT on ten separate things and, unsurprisingly, never came home from the garage! It would have cost more to fix than the car was worth in the first place. Either that or the horror of a BMW which I owned for all of about a month before it’s MOT slapped me with a bill of almost £1000 and then still died 6 months later leaving me heavily pregnant and stranded on top of the M62 – talk about a financial black hole.
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So, I’m sure you can see why I approach MOT time with some trepidation! Dave, being considerably more mechanically minded then me, now gives our cars a pre-MOT check – working down the list and fixing as much as possible himself before taking it to the garage. As a result of his efforts both cars passed their MOTs first time last year – which was a pleasant surprise!
Your MOT could fail on something as simple as a dead bulb, empty screen wash bottle or worn tyres – things which could easily be sorted yourself pre test. Once you’ve worked through the test and have a case of tyre wear, Point S allows you to browse through and reserve new tyres for your car online!
Check out www.passmymot.co.uk for a comprehensive list of basic checks you can do prior to taking your car to the garage to minimize the risk of a failed test and hopefully save you a few pounds in the process!