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Six quick home checks to avoid MOT failure

According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), around 35% of cars and light commercial vehicles that undergo an MOT test will fail at their first attempt.

Lighting and signalling problems are the most common reasons for failure, followed by suspension issues and then brakes. But according to data from 2016, nearly half of all faults found on MOTs could be avoided by carrying out regular, simple maintenance.

We’re not suggesting you pull on your overalls and slide under the car (that’s our job!) but if you have a MOT coming up then there are a few quick checks that you can make before you book that might be the difference between a fail and a pass:


Do a quick visual check. Make sure that headlamps, indicators and brake lamps all work and are not cracked or loose. Bulbs are generally inexpensive and often not difficult to replace.


If these are blocked or have simply run out of fluid, then it will be a fail because they impact on the driver’s ability to maintain a clear view.

Fuel cap

It needs to fit properly and fasten securely to get that pass!


Passengers must be able to open the rear doors from outside the vehicle, so a broken or missing handle will mean a fail. Similarly, both boot and bonnet must close properly and securely.


All tyres must have at least 1.6mm of tread depth to pass an MOT. A quick test is to stick a 20p piece in the tyre’s groove. If the outer band of the coin is obscured by the tyre, then they are OK. Tyre pressure should be checked too.


8.5% of MOT failures are due to the driver’s view being obstructed. So, remove any large stickers or air fresheners and attend to windscreen chips promptly to prevent them turning into cracks.

Of course, not everybody has the time (or the inclination) to make these checks but Just the Ticket has you covered. We are a VOSA registered garage which means we are accredited by the government as an MOT garage but we also offer a pre MOT.

We will run through all the required MOT checks to see if there are any mechanical issues that would prevent a pass. We will then provide you with an itemised account of any work required to bring the vehicle up to standard.

A Pre-MOT check can dramatically reduce your time and re-test charges, so if the MOT on your car is due and you think it might fail. Then this is a good option.

Whether it’s pre Mot or the Mot itself, we’d be happy to look after your vehicle at Just the Ticket – you can book online or give us a call on 0208 336 1111

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