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Everything you need to know about Car MOT

An annual MOT check is a legal requirement to ensure that your car is roadworthy, the test reveals potential problems that could affect the safety of your car further down the line.

Warrantywise have put together a blog post that explains everything you need to know about the MOT test.

What does MOT stand for?

MOT is actually named after a defunct government department named the ‘Ministry of Transport’, which was renamed to the Department for Transport in 2002.

When was the MOT test introduced?

The MOT test was first introduced in 1960 by Ernest Marples under the Ministry of Transport and was mandatory for any car over ten years old. The test was only carried out on the brakes, lights, and steering and was carried out every 12 months after that.

The first commercial vehicle exam was introduced in 1962, each passing vehicle was issued with a certificate. This certificate was required to tax the vehicle. More items have been added to the test over the years as cars have evolved.

New MOT test changes

The MOT test changed on 20 May 2018, with new defect types, stricter rules for diesel car emissions, and some vehicles over 40 years old becoming exempt. There are 5 main changes that came into force that you can read more about by visiting our blog about MOT Test Changes in 2018

What is checked on an MOT?

Everything you need to know about Car MOT

Nearly every aspect of your vehicle is checked under the MOT test. Make sure you are not caught out by not having any liquid for your windscreen washers.

When Does a New Car Have its First MOT?

After purchasing a brand new car, you won’t need to take a MOT test for the first 3 years. After that period you will need to take the MOT test every 12 months.

There is an online MOT checker available that provides a lot of information about the MOT history of any vehicle, but more importantly when your next MOT test is due. You can check when your MOT is due by visiting the GOV Website

Common MOT Faults and how to avoid them

According to gov.uk 3 main faults can be avoided by performing a few simple tasks.

  1. Lightbulbs – 30% of all failures are due to lighting. It isn’t expensive to replace a light bulb and can save you a lot of time and effort in the long run
  2. Tyre condition and pressure – 10% of all faults are related to tyre issues. Before you take your car to be tested you can check the tyre pressure to make sure they are correctly inflated
  3. Mirrors, wipers, and washers – 8.5% of faults are due to the driver’s vision being obscured when using their mirrors. This can be avoided by making sure the mirrors are fully functional and can be adjusted when required

Warrantywise offer MOT Failure as part of your Car Warranty, which is designed to provide the repair cost of included parts which have failed the DVSA annual MOT test, together with the cost of any re-test free.

For more information on a Used Car Warranty contact us today.