MOT Changes You Need to Be Aware Of in 2019
Most people will have had an MOT since last April but if you’re a new driver or have been living in a cave for the last twelve months, you may not be aware there have been quite a few changes to the test.
These additions and new rules are particularly important if you have an older car that needs more attention to maintenance.
1. Diesel Vehicles
Diesel cars are being phased out but, if you’re still driving one, one small but important change to the test involves a check of the diesel particulate filter (DPF). Should you not have one or it’s clogged, you will fail your test. Filters can get clogged quicker if you only ever do short journeys. Our advice is to make sure you take a longer drive just before your MOT as this should help to prevent this.
2. Fault Categories
In the past, you simply had a pass or a fail. Now you have different categories which include:
- A DANGEROUS fault: This is one that obviously puts you and the people around you at risk because something is wrong with your car. This could include problems like worn brakes or tyres.
- A MAJOR fault: This may not be immediately dangerous but is a big problem and again will mean you fail your MOT. An example would be if the oil was excessively leaking from your steering system.
- A MINOR fault: This is one which is not an immediate risk but needs to be remedied. It can include things like headlamps fading.
- An ADVISORY fault: There may be faults that are developing which will need to repaired in the future but which are not enough to fail the MOT.
3. Higher Testing Standards
These have been applied to a number of different areas such as under-inflated tyres, having contaminated brake fluid, the quality your brake pads, and your headlights and reversing lights.
There’s good news if you have a classic or vintage car, however, and no substantial changes have been made to it. If it is over 40 years old you don’t require a MOT. That’s because classic car owners generally maintain their cars well and only usually travel short distances.
Finding a Reliable MOT Service
Most motorists understand the importance of having a reliable mechanic or garage to deal with their car or van. If you live in the Bournemouth area, Queen’s Park Garage has an excellent reputation for MOT testing. We handle all makes and models of car and can complete your MOT in around 45 minutes.
If you do fail the initial test don’t panic, we will always give you straight forward no nonsense advise and explain in clear and simple terms what needs to be done to get you through the MOT.
You can then choose when and where you would like to get any repairs done and if you do get the repairs done by us we will retest your car for free as long as it is within 10 working days.