When Is My MOT Due?

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A frequently asked inquiry from motorists is when is my MOT due? Sounds like a simple inquiry but like the majority of simple questions things there is something more to it than meets the eye. Currently in the UK cars are tested every year to guarantee they pass strict testing rules. If a vehicle fails the MOT check then it will be unlawful for the driver to drive the car on the road.

If a vehicle has been bought directly from a dealership, and is brand new then the MOT is not due for the first three years of the vehicle registration. After this period the van will need to be pre-booked into a Approved MOT Test Centre for the purpose of conducting the relevant tests.

Unfortunately for new van motorist the original seller has no requirement to contact the owner to remind them about renewing their vehicle’s MOT Certificate. Instead a van owner will receive notification of their vehicle’s Road Excise Duty that they cannot renew without a valid MOT certificate. This is generally a good prompt to remind an owner about the MOT due date.

 

When Is My MOT Due? Article was originally published here.

 

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Importance of Routine Maintenance

Routine vehicle maintenance can be a difficult task to keep up with. However, there can be serious implications of not staying up to date on your car’s maintenance schedule.
Results of the Car Care Council’s yearly check lane events show 80% of cars have at least one component in need of maintenance.

The Basics

There are some basic items in or on your car that should be regularly checked or replaced.
• Air filter
• Antifreeze
• Battery
• Belts
• Brakes
• Engine oil
• Exhaust
• Hoses
• Lights
• Oil filter
• Power steering fluid
• Shock absorbers
• Tires
• Transmission fluid
• Washer fluid
• Wiper blades

The best way to ensure each maintenance item of your car is in order is to consult your owner’s manual or take your vehicle taken into an auto service facility get it inspected by a certified mechanic. Getting a thorough inspection is the best route to ensure you do not miss anything.
Another way to keep you car well-maintained is to wash it frequently. Regular washing and waxing helps maintain your car’s value as well as appearance. Vehicles with oxidized paint or a rusty body cannot be economically restored.

Consequences of Procrastinating

Failing to take care of your vehicle by having it regularly maintained can have negative effects.

High expenses – A reason many people use for not keeping their car maintained is cost. Unfortunately, regular maintenance left uncompleted can lead to much higher expenses down the road.
Accidents – Sometimes your car is trying to tell you something. Things such as squeaky brakes left untreated can lead to much worse problems such as brake failure that can lead to serious accidents.
Severe damage – As you can expect, leaving little problems unrepaired can lead to increased damage to your vehicle. A little problem is much easier to remedy than trying to undo severe damage.
Ways to save
There are a few ways you can help yourself and save a few dollars while still keeping your car’s maintenance up to date.
Coupons – Many auto service facilities provide coupons or discounts.
Proactive inspection – Using your owner’s manual as a guide, always follow the recommended maintenance schedule of your car. Check fluid levels and inspect components inside and outside of your car regularly.
Trust – Find a reputable, honest auto service facility you can trust.
Those who treat their vehicles well and commit to routine maintenance end up saving money in addition to enjoying their car for much longer.

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