Which? offers tips to get your car through its MOT, such as simple checks to tyres and lights

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If your vehicle is due for an MOT test shortly you might want to take a look at the Which? guide to maximising its chances of passing.

According to the consumer magazine, garages can charge up to £54.85 for an MOT test and yet recent studies show that up to 40% of cars in the UK fail first time round.

However, by making a few basic checks listed by Which? before heading to the MOT test centre, you are more likely to cut your bill and maximise your chances of driving away with your certificate.

These are just a couple of the suggestions Which? features:

MOT car tyres

Car tyres must be the right type and size. If you have fitted a space-saver spare tyre onto one of your wheels, replace it with a standard tyre before the test.

Check that all tyres have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm right the way around and across the central three-quarters of the pattern. Look for significant lumps or cuts in the sidewall.

Although spare tyres aren’t checked as part of the MOT test, those stored externally will need to be fastened securely.


All of your lights (including headlamps, parking lights, reversing lights, indicators and registration plate bulbs) need to be the right colour and in good working order for your car to pass the MOT test.

Clean them, and then get someone to try them while you walk around the car. If they flicker when tapped lightly with your hand, they probably need tightening into position or replacing altogether. If you find a bulb has blown, it’s a good idea to change it before the MOT test.

Which? has plenty of other suggestions available to view, focusing on windscreens, wipers, registration plates, plus other basic mechanical and interior checks.

For more information go to http://www.which.co.uk/cars/driving/servicing-and-maintenance/mot-checks/

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Denna Bowman, Head Office

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