5 Simple MOT checks you can do yourself

MOT checks

Is your car due for an MOT? Don’t get caught out with a huge repair bill. These simple MOT fixes can be done by anyone.

Nearly time for an MOT? This can be a bewildering time for the car owner that doesn’t know their dip stick from their gear stick. It is common for car owners to pay excessive amounts for small jobs that anyone could do. We invited the car selling experts Car Buyer Tom to advise us what to check for before submitting our car for an MOT.

Cars can be complicated. However, even if you are mechanically misguided then there are simple tasks you can do to keep your MOT bills down:

Do Regular Check on Your Motor

Get into a good routine with your car. After all, it gets you where you want to go and you would probably be lost without it. Just 15 minutes per week I enough to perform simple checks meaning you could save huge amounts of money in repairs. Spotting faults early on is key to imitating damage and having to pay hefty repair bills.

1. How to perform an Oil check
We recommend that oil levels should be checked at least every 400 miles (or once a week if possible.)  The oil dip stick will have a yellow cover on the engine. In most cars the stick has two markings which the oil level should sit between. You can find more information in the owner’s manual. When filling up the compartment take it slowly and keep checking the levels. If the oil level needs to be topped up very regularly you may find a problem with the engine.

2. How do your window wipers look?
Wipers can be extremely dangerous if they are not maintained. It may sound like a small, unimportant issue, but when you are driving at 70 MPH down the motorway in a rain storm then you will be reliant on having good vision.  Inspect your blades, if they have any signs of fraying then it may be time for a replacement. Alternatively just clean the edge of the blade with some screen wash to keep them in great condition.

3. Check coolant levels
The water level of a cooling system is worth keeping an eye on. However you should do this when the engine in cool and not hot or you could be at risk of a nasty burn. You should always use a cloth when removing the radiator cap. Most cars will have an obvious level marking that the water should be covering. If you are unsure then please refer to the user manual.

4. Tyres
There are two things you should be checking when testing your tyres. The first is the pressure levels. You can do this at most petrol stations. However please try to take readings when the tyres are cool. Warm tyres give an indication of higher pressure. If you accidently overfill then release air slowly by pressing the valve.  The second thing that you should look at is the overall condition of the tyres. Things to be aware of are cuts, bulges in the sidewalls and sharp objects trapped in the tread grooves (stones are extremely common.) There is a legal limit on the tread of your tyres which is 1.6mm. This also applies to your spare tyre.

5. Lights
It is important to periodically check that all of your lights work for safety and also to prevent getting fines from the police. They are quite easy to change yourself, however if you are unsure then a store like Halfords could be of service.

If you are looking to sell your motor fast then Car Buyer Tom can provide you with a great valuation.