Taking your car in for its next MOT is always a daunting prospect. There’s always that feeling of guilt when you realise that you probably should have taken better care of your car. And then there’s the cost; MOTs will notify you on necessary, but expensive, repairs that are needed to keep your car on the road.
Well, with the help of this guide, we’re going to help you cut the cost and make your car safe. Follow these simple checks and adopt these good habits to keep your car in tip-top condition.
There are a few important things you can do as a Peugeot owner to keep your car in the best possible condition. Checking you oil levels is easy and all you need is a rag and a few minutes of your time. Park your car in a level area and remove the dipstick from the engine. Wipe it clean, place it into the engine once more and then remove it again to see the remaining oil levels; if it’s getting a bit low, it may be time for a top up.
If something ever goes wrong with your car, we’d recommend using genuine Peugeot spare parts to keep it running efficiently. Alternative brands may not perform as well, or last as long.
We find that the best way to check the lights on your car is to request the help of a friend. Have them sit in the car while you walk around the vehicle checking all the front and rear highlights. Have them flick the indicators on and off, as well as the hazard and dipped lights.
If any are broken, it’s relatively cheap and easy to replace them. It’s an easy thing to check but according to VOSA, it’s actually what 19 per cent of cars fail their tests on.
Tyres are also incredibly important. The legal minimum for tread depth on your tyres is 1.6mm along the centre of each tyre. A good check for this is to place a 20p coin in the lowest tread depth on your tyres. If the outer rim of the coin is hidden then your tire has passed. If you can see the outer rim, your tyre will need to be seen by a professional. Tyne & Auto Centre Group carries out car servicing in Middlesbrough, Darlington, Easington and Stockton on Tees. If you feel your tire could fail your MOT, they can provide a replacement and fitting service.
You should also check your wind shield to ensure there is no damage larger than 10mm in the central view. Additionally, the cumulative area of damage should be larger than 40mm. If it does, you could check with your insurance company to see if the repair is covered.
As a final tip, make sure your car is clean when you take it in to be checked. Other drivers should be able to read your license plate from 20 meters away, so make sure you give it a wipe down!
For more information on the test, gov.uk has an excellent guide that details what’s involved before, after and during your MOT.