MOT – A really useful guide for motorists
Do you dread your annual MOT test? Worried about the cost and inconvenience? Worried the mechanic might find a particularly expensive problem?
As fully signed-up members of the Motorcodes programme, here at Marlborough Motors, we’re proud of the quality of the services that we provide. We will never start work on your car without getting the OK from you first. Also, there’s no hidden extras – you get exactly what we promise and we pride ourselves on offering value for money to ALL our customers.
Why is an MOT test important?
If your car is 3 years old or older, you are required by law to have a valid MOT certificate. This requirement is an integral part of motoring in the UK, and helps keep our roads safe.
MOT tests at Marlborough Motors offer you the additional benefits of our experience and expertise. We’ll be able to spot any developing problems with your car while we’re testing, and help you plan for future repairs well in advance. We can estimate how long we think it will take for a small problem to develop into a major issue, preventing nasty surprises at your next MOT.
The Marlborough Motors Guarantee to You
Whatever make or model of car you drive, we’re qualified and experienced in carrying out all MOT tests and repair work, without voiding your manufacturer warranty. Because we only use certified ‘matching quality parts’, we are authorised to carry out repairs on any car under warranty. In addition to being fully licensed, as you would expect, here at Marlborough Motors, we are regularly rated and reviewed by our customers. And we always aim to delight our customers. We’ll even send you a reminder when your MOT test is due, because we know you already have more than enough on your plate with work, family and personal commitments.
Preparing for your MOT test: a quick guide
With a national MOT failure rate of about one in three, it makes sense to minimise the risk of failure before booking your car in for its test by carrying out a few simple checks. Most failures are the result of minor problems that aren’t very expensive to fix – some can even be done at home.This page shows you how to get your car ready for its MOT, and increase your chances of passing without a hitch.
Windscreen wipers and washers
Start your car and check that your washers and wipers are working. Pay particular attention to the wipers – do they properly clear the screen on each pass? Worn or torn wiper blades can impair visibility, and may be a cause of test failure. If in doubt, replace them. While you’re at it, check the level in your washer reservoir.
Tyre treads and pressure
Check your tyres regularly as a matter of course. Ensure that your tyres have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread over three-quarters of the contact area. Also check for cuts, bulges or any objects stuck in the tread. All of these issues can contribute to test failure.
Check all of your lights, including your hazard warning lights, side lights and main beam. Also check the light casing, as cracks and sharp edges may cause your vehicle to fail its MOT.
So often overlooked by motorists, the seatbelt is a surprisingly common cause of MOT failure, especially for customers who have pet dogs. Check that every belt is free from torn or chewed edges, and that it locks into its socket properly.
In addition to being crucial for the safety of your car, properly functioning brakes are a requirement of the MOT test. Check that your foot brake doesn’t feel spongy, and that your hand brake doesn’t require too much effort to engage.
Let us remind you
In addition to providing a first-class MOT testing service that also offers excellent value for money, we also provide a convenient reminder service.