Common MOT Failures And How To Avoid

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If your MOT test is fast approaching and it does tend to creep up, then you may be starting to worry if it will pass or fail. In this article we will go through some of the most common ways vehicles fail their MOT, and how you can avoid them. We will give you some tips and tricks on how to maintain your car, which could help you save time and money in your MOT test.

How To Prepare Your Car For The MOT

The MOT test carries out checks to make sure your car is roadworthy. With some knowledge of the most common failures, you can prepare and save on some expensive bills in the future. Many modern cars need specialist equipment to fix the repairs, so you will not be able to fix everything by yourself. However, you can still keep your car maintained. By looking after your car throughout the year, you can keep it in a good condition in preparation for your MOT.

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The Brakes
Brakes are obviously very important for your car’s safety. Brakes will be thoroughly checked for any signs of wear or damage during an MOT, so it’s best to know if your brakes are performing correctly.

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The Tyres
Tyres are also checked for damage. Tyres will wear over time, and the MOT will ensure that they are safe and within the legal limits.

Windscreen
Chips and cracks in your windscreen can happen at any time. As you are probably aware, a small stone chip can turn into a large crack that could mean replacing your whole windscreen. We recommend repairing these chips as soon as possible to prevent any further damage.

Registration Plates
Your local garage will check your registration plates to make sure they are legal. They must comply with current regulations, and they are also checked for cracks and whether they are legible.

Headlights
The MOT test will check that all the lights on your car are working. Your headlights will also be inspected to make sure they are adjusted to not blind or dazzle other drivers.

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Exhaust System
The exhaust system will be checked to ensure that it is secure and working correctly, making sure that no parts are corroded and likely to fail.

Suspension
Most parts of your suspension cannot be easily seen for you to repair yourself. They are a vital part of your car, as they affect its safety when driving over bumps and also when braking.

Help Your Car Pass its MOT

If you regularly maintain your car throughout the year and take it to a reputable garage, your MOT will go smoothly. Our garage in Pontypool can help repair a range of issues. We are located half an hour away from Cardiff, so contact us today if you require our services.

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