We need our vehicles to get us to work in the morning and to get the kids to school every day; put simply, if your car broke down or was off the road for any length of time, your daily life would grind to a sudden and rather unpleasant halt.

To keep your vehicle in tip top shape you need to ensure that it is maintained and serviced correctly and passes the annual MOT. An MOT, of course, is a legal requirement for all vehicles on the road and without it you’ll be unable to drive the vehicle at all.

You Can Complete Some Checks Yourself

As the dreaded MOT approaches you’ll undoubtedly be concerned about the possible outcome but there are certain things that you can do to give your vehicle the best possible chance at passing the test. A lot of vehicles will fail on features that are easily rectifiable so completing these checks yourself is an absolute must!


Did you know that around 20% of MOT failures are because of a dead bulb?

You need to check:

Brake lights
Reverse lights

Make sure that all of these bulbs work before you submit your vehicle for an MOT!


Checking the tread depth of your tyres is important as it’s much cheaper and less time consuming to purchase a new tyre than it is to purchase a new tyre and another MOT test.

The minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm across 3/4 of the tyre width.

REMEMBER: it is not a legal requirement that your car has a spare tyre and will not be checked unless it is being used a road wheel at the time of the MOT.

There are other simple pre-MOT checks that you can complete to ensure that you don’t fail on something easily addressed and there are some that are more complicated.

Here at BJ Bannings we are a team of expert mechanics that specialise in MOT testing and we can give you honest and valuable advice about how to keep your car in the best possible condition. For more information about our services please visit our website or contact us directly if you have any questions or queries.

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