How to Complete a Pre-MOT Checklist

Pre-MOT Checklist

What can you do to give your vehicle the best chance of passing its MOT? Let’s look at some simple checks you can carry out before the test.


  • Clean your car internally and externally. An examiner may refuse to test the vehicle if they can’t see through the mess.
  • Number plates – scrub them so that they’re readable.
  • Windscreen wipers – check there are no tears
  • Lights – ask a friend to walk around the vehicle whilst you test every light.
  • Tyre tread – check the pressure and use the 20p test to check your treads. Insert a 20p into the tread grooves on the tyre and if you can’t see the outer band on the coin, your tyres are above the legal limit.
  • Fluid levels – top them all up – screenwash, brake fluid and oil
  • Horn – give it a quick honk and check you can hear it loud and clear.
  • VIN – Vehicle Identification Number – the number on your car’s bodywork should match the number in your V5C logbook.


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When providing a quote for your vehicle we make the following assumptions:

1.    You have the registration certificate (V5C) for it.

2.    You have at least one copy of each key needed to unlock and start your vehicle.

3.    Your vehicle has all of its major parts.

4.    Your vehicle has no major damage.

5.    Your vehicle starts and drives.

6.    You have provided an accurate mileage reading for your vehicle.

7.    Your vehicle has not been used for rental, private hire, driving tuition or as an emergency vehicle.

8.    Your vehicle has a current MOT.

9.    Your vehicle has never been categorised by an insurance company as a write-off.

10. Your vehicle has a full service history.