Money-saving MOT tips – your complete guide

In the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, we've highlighted how you can save some money ahead of your next MOT.

MOT Basics

If your vehicle is more than three years old, it’s legally required to take an MOT (Ministry of Transport) every year.

Remember…there’s no grace period with an MOT – once it is expired, you can face prosecution and a £1,000 fine if you drive your vehicle.

If you can’t find your certificate, the Government has a helpful tool that can tell you when you need to go for your next MOT.

MOT money saving tips

Throughout the year, your vehicle is more than likely going to need some sort of maintenance or repair. And staying on top of this can make a big difference when it comes to saving money.

    • Keep your car clean and clear of clutter, it'll speed up the checking process and help you identify any issues. That includes cleaning the number plate as it needs to be visible.
    • Check that your windscreen wipers are in good condition, with no rips in the rubber. This is a relatively cheap fix and leaving broken ones on your car can lead to more serious damage.
    • Check that all lights are working correctly. It'll be easier if you ask someone to stand outside the car and confirm they all work properly for you.
    • Check your tyre tread and pressure.
    • Make sure that all your fluid levels are topped up. That includes screen wash, brake fluid and oil.
    • Finally, check that the horn works and all of your mirrors are in working order.

Keeping up to date with regularly servicing will help you to keep on top of these and if you’re unsure, contact us at Birch Service Centre for advice.