September is a busy MOT month so here’s some timely information to help you prepare for it, if this affects you. Here are three useful tips for starters.
1/ Did you know that your motor insurance could be invalid if you make a claim whilst your car is without a valid MOT?
2/ Your MOT can be carried out up to a month before its expiry date – potentially making it valid for 13 months.
3/ Be wary of cheap MOTs (the full price is £54.85) at garages you don’t know. But do be prepared to negotiate with a garage you know and trust when you have a car service done at the same time. Most garages will agree to discount the MOT fee, hopefully reducing this to 50%.
If your car is older than 3 years then it needs an MOT. The MOT is your friend – it’s a safety snapshot of the car’s roadworthiness but only on the day. Areas that are likely to become a safety-related problem during the short term are flagged up as ‘advisories’ and need to be read and acted on.
A good garage will predict when safety-related areas like brake pads and tyres will likely need changing based on mileage. And don’t think you need to have everything done immediately. Best to stagger non brake or tyre-related work to fit in with your finances.
Needless to say, your tyres are THE most important road safety related component as they are the means of your car staying on the road and/or stopping quickly in an emergency. Tyre safety is a combination of checking the condition of your tyres, their pressure and their tread.
Here’s some advice re tyre safety to help you in this area through the year.
A worrying number of motorists assume that a new car doesn’t need maintenance or tyres checking during their first three years of ownership. That is clearly untrue so please make sure that any members of your family and friends aren’t of that mindset.
Don’t forget your MOT
The busiest months for MOT tests are March and September to reflect new car registration months when car sales are at their most buoyant.
A worrying number of motorists forget their MOT date and, speaking from personal experience, that nearly included me after we acquired a nearly new family car and forgot to add that MOT to our family calendar.
Useful MOT resources
Here’s where to find out the MOT status of your car and when yours is due.
You can choose a FOXY Lady Approved ie female friendly garage here.