Tips to Get Through an MoT

Tips to Get Through an MoT

The Ministry Of Transport test, (MOT) was introduced in the UK in 1960. It was intended to check whether vehicles were roadworthy and safe. When a car gets registered in the UK, three years down the line it has to be subjected to this test to ensure it is still roadworthy.

After the first test, annual MOT tests are carried out on the vehicle for free. Later, MOT inspections take place in authorized test centers at a fee, not more than £54.85. Therefore, it pays off to search for websites offering the analysis at a discounted rate.

In any case, the inspection company picks up a fault related to any of the listed things, classified as major or dangerous then your car fails the test.

The service will give you a certificate which outlines reasons for the failure. You are then required to fix the problem before returning your car to a fresh MOT.

The MOT test done after a failed test can either be partial or a full analysis.  A partial test will only cover the causes of failure in the initial MOT test.

Also, your mechanic can identify other immediate problems thus indicate ‘minor faults’ on the MOT certificate. While such problems are not serious enough to cause another MOT fail, you need to have them fixed before your next MOT test lest they fail you again.

Most people are afraid of failing this test, and if you are one of them, then here are some tips to help you get through a MOT test.

Top Up the Windscreen Wash and Check Your Wipers

A cracked windscreen is going to make you fail the test. Always check for any stone chips in the line of sight on your windshield. Again, be sure to fill up the screen wash bottle.

You get an instant fail if it appears empty. These are easy issues to fix, yet, if not thoroughly prepared, they may give you an instant fail. Also check that your wiper blades don’t smear dirt on the screen, as this is another guaranteed fail.

Check Your Vehicle Brakes

If you find yourself using electronic parking brakes instead of the handbrake adjustment, then it means that the handbrake is faulty and needs fixing. Therefore it is vital that you keep checking that problem before it escalates to a major one and one that will knock you off the test.

If your brakes have a spongy pedal feel, have a scraping sensation or are producing a squeaky noise, then you know it’s about time you had them checked. Faulty brakes can make your car feel like its pulling to one side. Once you start noticing such signs, you better have the brakes repaired. Again you can even check the brake fluid reservoir or have a good mechanic check for you.


If your exhaust is cracked, it will sound louder than usual. A cracked exhaust pipe also emits smoke from the broken spot. Therefore, it is somewhat noticeable when you have a cracked or faulty exhaust pipe. If your diesel engine vehicle dissipates black or blue smoke, then this is a sure bad sign and a fail. Some toxic emissions through such as Carbon (III) Oxide and Hydrocarbons are not visible but will get detected during the test.

Your Steering Wheel

The steering system and the brakes are not what you can fix yourself at home unless you are a skilled mechanic. Though you are a novice in this, you will know when it is faulty. A faulty steering wheel can seem to pull your vehicle towards one direction.

Also, it may seem less direct than it was initially when the car was new. You may hear knocking signs from the column or lumpiness when turning the faulty steering wheel. Fix this first before going for the test.

Go To A Reliable MOT Service Center

It is always a necessity to take your car to a reliable garage. These will safeguard you from being ripped off by unscrupulous mechanics that are fond of creating unnecessary work. You can ask for referrals from your family, friends, and colleagues to the best MOT service provider. Be sure to visit  to discover one of the best MOT services in the UK.

In conclusion, check your tires. See tires, are most of the time neglected by vehicle owners, even though replacing them is cheaper than suffering a MOT fail. When tires get worn out, they will indicate this through the tread wear. You can also use a marked coin to check the depth of the tread. The minimum accepted tread depth should be 1.6mm.

Buying a Minivan – Frequently Asked Questions

Buying a Minivan – Frequently Asked Questions

Is it time for a new minibus or perhaps your first one? I can understand that you have quite a few unanswered questions in mind so let’s go through some of them and see if we can help you avoid some problems as hindsight is a true bitch.

What is the best minivan?

This totally depends on your needs of course but some top-rated models are the Honda Odyssey, the Chrysler Pacifica, the Kia Sedona, Toyota Sienna, and the Dodge Grand Caravan. These are all the 2018 and 2019 models so as you were asking for the best well there you have it.

Which minivans are the most reliable?

For that, we have to look back in time and I can tell you that the 2015 model Honda Odyssey is the most reliable and once again topping the list so this is definitely a model you want to look into. The Toyota Sienna [2015 model] and the Kia Sedona have all proven the test of time, the latter was built in 2016 btw.

Which have the best third-row seats?

The third seat row of the Chrysler Pacifica is quite wide so many people have complimented that. If you truly want some extra space the Grand Caravan from the Dodge is your number one choice while the Kia Sedona Is the worst performer on this list.

How much for a good second hand?

I understand that not everyone can afford a minivan but if you don’t use it that often why not consider hiring one at for example? If that’s not an option most new ones sell at around fifty thousand dollars but a good second hand one can be had for about one-fifth of the price.

What is the most affordable new minivan?

I looked up some prices for you and the Nissan NV Passenger is a little over $35,000, followed by the Chevrolet Express 2500 LS at $31,295 at the time of writing. The cheapest ones on our list are the Kia Sedona and the Chrysler Pacifica L at only $26,995 so it definitely can be affordable enough.

What defines a minivan?

A minivan is pretty much like an extended SUV with the extra benefit of the third row of seats so that it can move at the very least seven people, some larger models can easily carry nine people but it will get a bit packed so I wouldn’t suggest this for very long travels.

How long is a minivan?

Bit of an odd question as it obviously depends on the brand, model, type, and so on, but if you truly want to know most models hover around 16 feet 8 inches, up to 12 inches so if you need to store it in your garage make sure to add a few extra inches and you’ll be good to go.

Which minivans fit nine people?

It’s definitely your day today as I found quite a lot of 9 seater models, starting with the Chevrolet Suburban that can easily fit nine people, and the same can be said for the Tahoe model from the same brand. Other brands that offer nine seats are the GMC Yukon (XL) and the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter so there you have it.

Fun fact – the largest SUV!

The Ford Excursion is beating the crowd here with a length of 576cm, it’s not much longer than the other models though so don’t get all too wind up about it, as the others come in at 5.7mtr which is just a tiny difference if you ask me.

In Conclusion

I hope you found this FAQ useful but if you have any questions left please do so in the comments below.

Have a good test drive!