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Tips To Help Your Car Pass It’s MOT

  • Friday, Aug 30th, 2019

The blog this week is about giving you some tips to help your Volvo or Toyota pass its MOT. According to the DVSA 40% of cars and 50% of vans do not pass their first MOT! Driving your car or van without a valid MOT invalidates your insurance and you risk a fine of up to £1000 plus points on your licence. Be aware of when your MOT is due and get it booked in at your local independent garage. Read below to find out our tips for helping your car pass its MOT first time:

Tips To Help Your Car Pass It’s MOT

Fuel & Oil

This may sound silly but ensure that you have enough fuel and oil in your car – these are required for your garage to test your emissions etc.


When did you last test your tyres pressure and tyre depth? You should be checking these regularly. Turning up with tread that is below 1.6mm will result in an instant failure, along with cracked or bulging tyres. So check them before your MOT and get them changed before you take your Volvo or Toyota for its MOT.


When did you last check all of your seatbelts in your car? They all need to be working properly for your car to pass its MOT – they are an important safety feature.

Wiper blades and Windscreen

Your windscreen wipers need to work properly – if they don’t get them changed before your MOT. Not all windscreen chips will result in an MOT failure. If it is no bigger than 10mm and in front of the driver should be ok. Anything bigger than that in the area that is swept by the windscreen wipers will be a fail. Anything bigger than 40mm anywhere on your windscreen will result in a failure of your MOT. You can usually get your chips repaired FOC under your insurance – it is best to action these as soon as they happen as chips can quickly turn into cracks which cannot be repaired and will need a windscreen replacement which will be costly.


Have a walk around of your Volvo or Toyota before your MOT and check that all of your lights are working correctly – if not replace any bulbs. Happy Motoring Folks!!

Happy Motoring Folks!

Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015 and 2019, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award, The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, The LiveWire Excellence In Vehicle Servicing 2019 Award and The Aftermarket Excellence Award for Best Website 2019, we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership. Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota servicing, repair and MOT specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire.

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