Essential pre-MOT checklist

As we know, a new vehicle is safe on the UK roads for three years before requiring an MOT test – but new proposals by the government suggest that this is about to change. Rising from three years, new cars will only require a MOT test after four years on the roads.

When asked for his thoughts, Transport Minister Andrew Jones said, “We have some of the safest roads in the world and MOT tests play an important role in ensuring the standard of vehicles on our roads.

“New vehicles are much safer than they were 50 years ago and so it is only right we bring the MOT test up-to-date to help save motorists money where we can.”

Car dealership Motorparks has created a visual graphic to help drivers keep the costs down pre-MOT. They have looked at the main reasons why vehicles fail MOT tests and outlined some advice on checks you can carry out prior to the test on the following components:

  • Bodywork
  • Brakes
  • Doors
  • Essential fluids (including brake fluid, screen wash and oil)
  • Exhaust system
  • Fuel system
  • Horn
  • Lights (both front and rear lights, as well as hazard lights and indicators)
  • Mirrors (both side and rear-view mirrors)
  • Registration plate
  • Suspension system
  • Tyres (both the tyre pressure and tyre tread of all tyres being used as well as the spare wheel)
  • Vehicle identification number
  • Windscreens (including washer jets and wipers)

Following Motorparks checklist can help improve your chances of your car passing its MOT first time and with flying colours.