A car begins to need a MOT after 3 years. It will need to have the MOT on or before the date it is due, otherwise, you will be illegally driving a vehicle without a MOT. Here are some considerations if it is your first time booking your car in:
- Choose a reliable garage. Some will offer you discounts so look around for deals as well. Find a garage that offers you reliability and good service as well as good prices.
- Get a record of your MOT and keep it safe. You never know when you might need it. This is going to come in especially handy if you decide to sell your car.
- Make any repairs immediately. Your car will not be roadworthy if you don’t make repairs straight away. You may also have advisories so keep an eye on these and make sure you get the work done when you need to.
Cars inevitably age over time and sometimes, it can feel like all you do is repair them. There are things you can do to make your life easier though, which may cost you a little bit more money now but can save you a great deal of money in the long term.
First of all, carry out basic checks on your car every so often. This can just be a quick visual check to make sure nothing is physically damaged and things like the lights and windscreen wipers are working as they should.
You should get your oil changed according to the instructions in your manual as well. Monitor the oil though, as this can be a good indicator if something else is going wrong with your vehicle.
Check your tyre pressure regularly, perhaps once or twice a month. It’s easy to do and can actually make a big difference to the way your car drives and the amount of fuel it is using.
Electric cars have been growing in popularity for many years now. They have gone from being clearly inferior in terms of the technology behind them to actually quite decent and viable car options. If you are thinking about buying an electric car, it can be hard to know whether or not it will be worthwhile.
The main advantage of driving an electric car is being able to help the environment. Electric cars are much more environmentally friendly than petrol or diesel cars and they have the potential to make a big difference to the atmosphere. You may also be able to enjoy other benefits like free parking and reduced costs when driving on toll roads or in restricted areas.
The main disadvantage is the lack of places to charge electric cars. Whilst charging stations are becoming a more regular fixture, they are still by no means common and it may be difficult to find one.
Forking out for tyres can be expensive and many of us get confused with the number of options available to us when it comes to choosing which type of tyre we want. You firstly need to decide whether you want new or part worn tyres. If you simply need a legal tyre as quick and as cheaply as possible then you may want to go for part worns. New tyres come with 8 mm of tread on and many garages recommend you change these at 3mm or 2mm to ensure optimal driving. The legal limit for tyres in the UK is 1.6 mm. Part worns tyres can be sold with as little as 2mm of tread left on them not giving you much driving time before they become illegal and need to be replaced again.
When buying new tyres you will have to decide if you want budget, midrange or premium tyres. The price will increase accordingly so it may be that you have to choose tyres within a certain budget. Even if you are choosing budget or midrange tyres it is still worth researching the make to check what ratings that tyre has been given in terms of wet grip, fuel economy and road noise.
If you are looking to buy a used car or van then one of the musts to check is how much MOT is left on it. For vehicles over 3 years old, an MOT inspection must be carried out every 12 months. IF the car or van fails the Mot then the issues need to be rectified and a retest carried out before a valid test certificate is issued.
If buying from a garage they will almost certainly sell the car with at least 3 months MOT if not often even 12 months, but private buyers can be different.
Some people will sell their used van or car with only a few weeks/ days or even no MOT on. The price often reflects this but sometimes the price is only reduced by £50 or so. Often the advert will state “No MOT (or short MOT) but I do not think it will take much to pass”. This statement is widely used and often the seller knows that that is not the case. With an Mot costings as little as £20, it would be worth while anyone putting an MOT on to a car to sell it, therefore increasing the value, if they are not willing to MOT it then it would suggest they are aware of costly problems.