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Car servicing and MOTs are two of the most important things to consider when you own a car. You need to have your vehicle serviced every year or when you reach 12,000 miles, whichever is first. A MOT (Ministry of Transport) test is required for motors that are three years old or over. After this time, a test certificate has to be renewed every twelve months.

Let’s talk about car servicing first of all. Generally speaking, you usually pay about £125 for a basic car service. However, if you shop around, say in smaller garages, you can pay less. The service doesn’t include repairs, new parts or replacements, so just the basic servicing.

Keep your car in good condition

By having your vehicle serviced regularly it should stay in good condition. A service can also save you cash if there are any problems which will probably get worse and be costlier later on. A service also includes checking the suspension and tyre pressure that can help with fuel economy.

What a service includes

If you decide to have an interim car service, a mechanic will:-

  • Top up the brake, washer, steering and anti-freeze fluid
  • Check the exterior lights are all in good working order
  • Inspect the brakes
  • Change the oil and filter
  • Check the wiring of the battery
  • See if there are any cuts or bulges in the tyres

This type of service is recommended for people who drive over 20,000 miles a year or more. If you are in this mileage bracket, it’s a good idea to have your motor serviced twice a year.

MOTs

Now for some info on MOT tests.

The cost of a MOT test is approximately £54.85 for cars and £29.65 for motorbikes. Remember to book around a month in advance before your MOT test is due. A MOT test has to be carried out once a year and is mandatory.

Before the test

It could be beneficial if you check the following before you take your car to the garage for a MOT test.

  • Shock absorbers – if you press down on each corner of the car and release, it should bounce back into place. If it bounces more than once, it could mean the shock absorbers are worn.
  • Lights – you can get a MOT test failure if all the lights aren’t working. Ask a friend to switch the lights on, then take a look to make sure they’re all OK and the indicators are working.
  • Tread and tyre pressure – an easy way to check the tread on your tyres is to put a 20p piece on its edge into the tyre tread. If you see the edge of the coin, think about replacing the tyres. More than likely your minimum tread depth has been reached.

What if my car fails its MOT test?

If your motor fails its MOT test a VT30 Refusal of a MOT test certificate will be sent to you. This will contain the reasons why it failed. Get all of the repairs done and then have it retested.

For any further information or advice on MOT testing or car servicing, feel free to get in touch with a member of our expert team. Our experienced staff can answer any questions you may have.

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Jan has worked in the car finance industry for the past 20 years and I currently run Zoomo Car Credit. I specialise in car finance, helping customers who who have bad credit get accepted!