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Since the safety of drivers and passengers, and the quality of the environment are two very important factors. The Ministry of Transport in the UK conducts an MOT Test every year. Every vehicle that has crossed a 3-year mark needs to pass this test.

The MOT test is conducted to make sure that your vehicle is safe for you and the environment. It is done to check the roadworthiness of your car. Various vehicle components are checked during this test.

Failing the test would mean that you will have to get it rescheduled after you have repaired all the errors. This can become hectic, especially when you have lots of other works to look at. This blog will explain the MOT Billinghay Test in detail, so you can clear the test in the first attempt. 

Reasons why cars fail the test?

Most of the vehicles that fail this test happens to be having a few minor faults. These minor faults lead to the vehicle failing the test. The owner can easily have these issues fixed before attempting the  Test.

  • Not topping up your car’s screen wash can make you fail the test. It takes only five minutes to do this work, so don’t take a chance.
  • A dirty car is very likely to fail the test. Thoroughly clean and wash your car before going for the test. Clear all the dirt, mess, and useless stuff from the vehicle. Make sure that all the windows and mirrors are clean.
  • There usually occurs a problem with the registration plate. The plate should not have incorrect spacing or typing, it should be clean, and if you have got yourself a personalised plate then check if it follows the DVLA rules.
  • One thing that you should very keenly look for is the presence of stickers on the windscreen blocking the driver’s view. Any sticker or parking permit on the windscreen should be out of the wiper’s sweep area.
  • The warning light on the dashboard should be lit-up. This particular check was added to the list in 2012. If there is a problem with the warning light, make sure to get it sorted before the test.

There are a few other issues that you can repair yourself. 

  • Problems with headlights and indicators
  • Replace the broken bulbs
  • Brake lights not working
  • Tread depth should be more than the minimum 1.6 mm
  • Check the tension in the handbrake
  • Seatbelts, windscreen, windscreen wipers should be working properly

How much does an MOT cost?

The current maximum fee for an MOT test is £ 54.85 for cars and motor caravans, and £29.65 for motorbikes but some garages may charge less than this standard amount.

What if your car fails the MOT test?

The test centre provides a VT30 certificate to the owner of the car that has failed the test. The reasons for the test failure are mentioned in this certificate.

If the MOT of your car has simply run out then you are allowed to take your car. But if it has some dangerous issues, then you will not be allowed to take your car away. You will have to get it repaired at the garage itself, or if another garage offers cheaper services and is ready to toe the vehicle.