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  • NEW! Mechanical inspections - Just £50

    We had a number of requests for this service so as we love to please our customers we have introduced this option - If you are considering buying a second hand car but want to be sure it is mechanically sound then this is a very wisely spent £50.

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  • MOT's explained



    Who needs an MOT?


    Any car over 3 years old requires a valid MOT certificate to make it road legal.


    What is an MOT?


    An MOT assesses the road worthiness of the vehicle and its environmental impact, looking at mirrors, tyres, headlights, performance, emissions and numerous other checks that make sure your car is safe to drive. An MOT must be carried out by an approved MOT inspector and the certificate is valid for 12 months, which means you must have your MOT inspection carried out each year.


    How do I know if my car has a valid MOT?


    You can check online for your vehicle’s MOT status. You can check yours immediately by clicking this link:  https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-status


    What happens if I don’t have an MOT?


    Anyone found to be driving a car without a valid MOT can be liable for an on the spot fine of £100 and can be at risk of fines of up to £1000. Driving without a current MOT certificate can also invalidate your insurance, leaving you vulnerable if you have an accident.


    What if I forget my MOT?


    DON’T PANIC! Book Now and we’ll have you road legal again in no time. The ONLY time you’re permitted to drive a vehicle without an MOT is when you’re taking it to the test centre for its inspection, so don’t drive the car anywhere else until then. And why not set up an automatic reminder so you don’t forget next year? You can do this here

  • Reasons why your car fails an MOT - Feb 2016

    This article is taken from: Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and was first published:27 January 2016

    Click this link to read full article - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/reasons-why-your-car-fails-an-mot


    Nearly 50% of all faults found on MOTs could be avoided by carrying out regular, simple maintenance, like replacing bulbs, wipers and tyres.

    The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is encouraging drivers to avoid MOT fails and save money.


    The latest MOT testing data for Great Britain shows that around 40% of cars fail their MOT at the first attempt.


    Common MOT fails

    You can avoid the common MOT fails by checking:


    • lightbulbs are working - 30% of all faults related to lighting and signalling
    • tyre condition and pressure - 10% of all faults related to tyres
    • mirrors, wipers and washers - 8.5% of all faults related to ‘Driver’s view of the road’


    Check your lights

    make sure all bulbs are working



    Nearly one in 5 (18.4%) of all cars taken for MOT had a problem with lighting and signalling – including simple problems, like blown bulbs.


    Checking your lightbulbs is easy to do. You just need to give them a light tap to see if they are loose or damaged. You can also check the colours are right and match.


    Replacement bulbs are fairly cheap and you can change them yourself if you have your car handbook. If not, many garages will change your bulb for free.


    DVSA has published a series of short videos on YouTube about simple car maintenance - including one on how to carry out checks on lights and indicators.


    Check your tyres


    the minimum tyre tread for a car is 1.6mm

    During 2014/15, 7.4% of car MOT fails were due to tyre issues.


    You can use a tread depth gauge to check your tyre tread. The minimum tread for a car is 1.6mm.


    You can also check that the tyres:


    pressures are correct

    are all the same size

    have no cuts, bulges or other signs of damage


    Check your brakes

    make sure you test your brakes

    One in 10 (9.6%) MOT fails are due to brake issues.


    You can test your brakes every day as you set off.


    If you hear any strange noises, or if your car pulls to one side, contact your local garage immediately.


    You can also check your brake fluid levels. Look for the high/low markings on the reservoir and make sure that your brake fluid is topped up.


    Driver’s view of the road

    make sure washers and wipers are working

    6.6% of MOT fails are due to issues with the Driver’s view of the road.


    You can avoid this by carrying out simple checks like:


    • the windscreen wipers and washers work
    • your view of the road is clear of any stickers, toys or air fresheners
    • Windscreen wiper blades should be replaced if they show signs of damage or if they are more than a year old.


    You should get your windscreen replaced if you have any large chips that affect your view, as these will result in an MOT fail.


    Your rear-view mirrors must be adjustable and in good condition.


    You should also make sure that you regularly top up your washer fluids and check that your washers are working properly before setting off.


    Staying safe and saving money

    DVSA Interim Chief Executive, Paul Satoor, said:


    You shouldn’t wait for your MOT to check if your car needs maintenance. All drivers have a responsibility to make sure their vehicle is properly maintained and safe to drive at all times.


    Carrying out simple checks on items like lights and tyres will help motorists to stay safe and legal, as well as saving time and money when their vehicle is due its MOT.


    The MOT

    The MOT tests your car and its parts to check that it meets the legal standards.


    An MOT isn’t the same as having your car serviced and doesn’t check its general mechanical condition.


    The test doesn’t cover the:





  • Horror story: modified towbar - Feb 2016

    This article is taken from: Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and was first published:27 January 2016


    Click this link to read full article -https://mattersoftesting.blog.gov.uk/horror-story-modified-towbar/


    Gary from Snuff Mill Garage in Sheffield sent us some photos of a Nissan Micra he tested which shows how not to fit a towbar.


    In Gary’s words “A brilliant piece of work showing someone's home made towbar fitting skills and there's no reinforcement in the boot floor”.


    There are many different manufacturers of towbars. Designs can vary even for the same make and model of a vehicle.


    From 1 August 1988 type approved towbars can only be fitted to passenger vehicles up to 3500kgs if the vehicle has been type approved. However, type approval doesn’t apply to privately imported vehicles from outside of the European Economic Community.


    Most manufacturers will offer a fitting service, but fitting can be done independently if the installation is carried out to the manufacturer’s instructions.


    In this case the towbar doesn’t appear to have been originally made for this vehicle. The mounting brackets are the wrong size and shape which will eventually lead to the failure of the attachments.


    Failure of a towbar has serious road safety implications. At best, it could result in a sizable piece of metal being left in the carriageway - or worse a detached trailer.

  • Missed MOT tests cost NI drivers more than £225,000 in past three months

    This article is taken from: bbc uk and was first published:17 December January 2015


    Click this link to read full article -http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-35120284


    Missed MOT tests cost Northern Ireland drivers more than £225,000 in the past three months.

    Statistics show 7,200 vehicles failed to turn up for tests booked between July and September.

    The number of missed tests is up by 1,000 or 16% on the same quarter last year.

    Armagh had the poorest attendance record with one in 33 appointments missed.

    The best was in Craigavon and Newtownards where the figure for missed tests was one in 45.

    The full test currently costs £30.50 for a car, a retest costs £18.50.

    The statistics are contained in the DoE's Driver, Vehicle, Operator and Enforcement statistics for July to September 2015.

    They show that 263,000 vehicle tests were carried out in that period.

    The overall pass rate for full tests was 80.3% - slightly down - though the general trend for passes in recent years is up.

    Other statistics in the report show just over half of learner drivers pass the driving test, and just under half pass the theory test.

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