We are seeing a lot of feedback from DVSA Authorised Testing Facilities, where owners are submitting vehicles for Annual Testing, in a condition that would obviously fail – including badly worn brakes, broken suspension springs, rusted and leaking fuel tanks, and missing wheel nuts!
Don’t treat the Annual Test (MOT) like a safety inspection, as a fail will affect your OCRS score!
The vehicle should be in such a condition that it will almost certainly pass an MOT first time, so don’t think of an MOT Test as a way of finding out what’s wrong with it.
Try to schedule a separate Pre-MOT Inspection just before an MOT Test is due, and also just after a Preventative Maintenance Inspection (PMI) has been carried out – there’s not much point in carrying out a PMI just days after an MOT – so keep an eye on your PMI schedule!
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