All cars over three years old must undergo an MOT test to prove that they safe to be on the road. If you’re a new car owner or have never had to submit your car for testing before, you may not know what to expect. In the latest blog post by B.J.Banning Limited, we take a look at key facts about the MOT test.

The average MOT test will last around 45-60 minutes and will include checks of many parts of your car, including the brakes and fuel system, lights, mirrors, seatbelts, windscreen wipers and exhaust system. The MOT test does not check the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.

What Happens if My Car Fails?

If your car fails the MOT test, you will not be allowed to drive it away until the necessary repairs are carried out, unless you have an existing MOT certificate which is still valid. Depending on the garage that you attend, you may be able to get a partial MOT Test at a reduced rate or for free.

Top Tips to Avoid an MOT Fail

Some of the most common reasons that vehicles fail the MOT test are down to the simplest things that you can easily rectify before having your vehicle tested.

Top up the screen wash
It’s as simple as it sounds. If your car is low on screenwash, pop open the bonnet and top it up.

2. Clean your Vehicle
If your car is extremely dirty or full of mess and clutter, your car may fail the test. Before test day, clear your car out of clutter and give it a clean or take it to a car wash.

3. Don’t obstruct the Drivers view

To avoid failing the test over something simple, be sure not obstruct the drivers view with anything stuck to the window screen. Keep parking permits outside the wipers’ sweep area.

Here at B.J. Banning Limited, we have been carrying our honest and trustworthy MOT tests for many years. If your car is due an MOT test, we welcome you to contact us to arrange an appointment. Please call 0121 327 2741. Alternatively, fill out our online enquiry form and we’ll be in touch shortly.

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