Tips before you book your next MOT

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Is there anything worse as a car owner than booking your MOT?

It’s one of the worst things about owning a car I reckon. But then again, I also hate stuff like getting petrol and checking my tyre pressure. We should really be able to pay someone a small fee to do stuff like this for us shouldn’t we?

But like most things in life, if we want nice things we have to put the effort in ourselves sometimes.

I mean, if you don’t have a valid MOT there are a few consequences…

  • You become vulnerable to heavy penalty or fine – when you are caught
  • The health of your vehicle is compromised & it won’t be safe for you to drive on the roads
  • Your vehicle is not road worthy anymore
  • The longevity of your vehicle is compromised 

How do you make booking an MOT easier though?

In a few ways…

One thing I do is mark in my calendar about 3 months before it’s due and put around £30-£50 aside each month ready for the MOT date. Then I can cover the cost of the MOT and any repair jobs which are needed. Usually they come in at under £200 if anything does need doing, so this method avoids a big cost out of one paycheck.

Another thing to ease the stress is booking your MOT online. This holds true especially when you are driving by the road in local areas like Scotland (Fife, Stirling, Dundee or Aberdeenshire). Roads are always crowded in local towns and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere because of a car breakdown. Places like Fife Autocentre’s website in Stirling make it easier to just book online and keep a note of the date. There’s nothing more annoying than trying to get through to garages sometimes, as most of the mechanics are doing the repairs rather than answering phones!

One thing I found really useful was simply asking people at work where they took theirs. Dropping my car off on my lunch break made it a lot simpler than making a purpose trip on a weekend. Finding a garage about 10 minutes walk away, that was approved by locals, was a massive help.

With winter approaching it’s important to make sure your car is in top condition regardless of MOT date. Remember, your MOT only checks a certain number of aspects of your car and you still need to check your oil, tyre pressure and treads yourself regularly!


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