KEEPING YOUR CAR SAFE ON THE NORTHAMPTON ROADS
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It’s that time of the year again, your car needs to go in for its MOT; an overall inspection at the garage to ensure that your car is fit for the road for the next 12 months. It’s not only a legal requirement for cars aged 3 years and older to be checked on a yearly basis, but an MOT also gives you peace of mind when driving your vehicle. It is highly important to keep your car well maintained and road worthy to ensure your own safety and the safety of others.
It can be difficult to find a motor company you can trust to give you an honest inspection and good price for what needs to be done on your car, and on top of that, many people find the entire process of MOTs in Northampton to be a stressful annoyance. However, at In Town Automotive we make the entire process easy, with a reliable and trustworthy service. You can be assured that your vehicle is being checked by a professional, dependable team who are passionate about ensuring your vehicle is in top condition and fit for the road.
Here at In Town Automotive, we carry out authorised DVSA car MOTs in Northampton on all makes and models of cars, vans and motorhomes, and we cover both minor and major services carried out to match or exceed those of manufacturers’ guidelines.
As part of our great service, we can even provide a FREE collection and delivery service within the local Northampton area from home or work to our garage to make the process as stress-free and as convenient as possible for all our highly valued clients.
What’s more, the prices at In Town Automotive are fantastic; starting at our great low rate of just £24 for a car. With over 400 slots every month for an MOT in Northampton with In Town Automotive, the booking process is simple; contact us today on 01604 666 700.
Why does my car need an MOT test?
When a car turns three years old, it is a legal requirement for it to be MOT tested once a year. However, besides the £1000 penalty for a car which hasn’t been tested, on top of the invalidation of your insurance, most people never stop to think about why their car’s MOT test is so important.
Well, your car’s MOT test is highly important to check your car’s safety on the road, particularly its brakes and emissions, amongst a multitude of other checks on the exterior and interior of the vehicle.
In some ways, the MOT test is only a snapshot in time, and it is important to remember that it does not guarantee complete safety; you will also need to make sure you look after your car properly in other ways too, for example with regular servicing. However, an MOT does ensure a basic level of safety in your car, which is imperative for you to be on the road.
What is involved in an MOT test?
You may have taken your car for many MOTs in Northampton in the past, or you may even be an MOT newbie; either way, many people are not entirely sure as to what exactly it entails.
Our MOTs in Northampton consist of a considerable list of both internal and external checks on your car. It is only a visual check, so the examiner will not remove or replace any of the parts on your car. The following are some of the categories of items which are checked in your MOT test:
Once the test is complete, your vehicle will be issued with either a Pass or Fail, and you will receive a certificate stating the result.
If your vehicle passes, you are free to continue using it on the road with no further costs, however, you may be issued with MOT advisory notes. Advisory notes are issues which are highlighted by the examiner which did not cause the vehicle to fail its MOT, but are likely to become problematic in the near future and need to be addressed as soon as possible. There is no legal obligation to carry out these advisories, but it is recommended to do so, as they may pose a danger to you in the future.
MOTs in Northampton are only basic tests, but there are in fact over 600 ways in which it is possible for your car to fail its MOT test. However, just over 60% of vehicles pass with flying colours. It is also worth noting that the majority of MOT fails could easily be avoided by a simple car servicing, therefore there are ways in which you could give your vehicle the best chance of passing.
What happens if my car fails its MOT test?
When your car fails its MOT test, it can be hugely disappointing and stressful. However, at In Town Automotive, we like to make things as easy and simple as possible for all our clients to provide them with the best service around. It is important to know the procedure so that you are able to get back on the road as soon as possible.
If your car fails its MOT test, you will be issued with a VT30, which is a refusal of an MOT certificate. It is illegal to drive the vehicle until the issues are resolved, and you will not be covered by your insurance.
Depending on the reason for which your vehicle failed its MOT test, you have several options for what you can do next. Here at In Town Automotive, you have the option to leave your vehicle with us for us to make the necessary repairs and then retest it.
How to prepare your vehicle for its MOT test
MOTs in Northampton can sometimes mean further costs if your vehicle fails, or if advisories are administered and you choose to go through with them. In order to ensure that your MOT runs as smoothly as possible, there are various ways in which you can prepare your vehicle. This can save you both time and money and can mean the difference between failing and passing MOTs in Northampton. So, if you want to give your vehicle the best possible chances of passing, take the following steps to prepare before your MOT.
Check the service history
Before taking your vehicle for MOTs in Northampton, search for your paperwork on the service history. You may be asked questions regarding the services, for example about the dates for which the car was last serviced, and when it was last under repair in the garage.
The lights on your dashboard are tell-tale signs that something needs to be fixed. Before sending your car for its MOTs in Northampton, make sure that the lights all come on when you start the engine and then switch off after a few seconds. Some dashboard lights can be fixed by yourself easily, for example topping up cooling fluid or adjusting tyre pressure.
Check the lights
Check that your lights are working, including indicators and brake lights, by parking in front of a wall and observing the light reflecting. It is also important to check the windscreen and mirrors for any damage.
Check the tyres
Before taking your car to its MOT in Northampton, make sure the tyres are free from any bulges and tears, and that all wheels including a space wheel are the same sizes. You can also check the pressure of the tyres and alignment.
Before taking your car for an MOT, it is also worth going for a drive with the radio turned off to check for any strange noises coming from the car. It is also advisable to check for any strange smells or any sign of steam or smoke around the engine or wheels of the car, as well as when braking.
Although it may not be possible to fully fix all of the problems you may experience when checking your car before its MOT, it is still worth checking for them before you take your vehicle, because then you will have a chance to prepare yourself for the results, both emotionally and financially.
If you are still unsure as to what you need to do before your MOT test, check out our essential MOT checklist.
Why choose In Town Automotive?
When it’s time for your car to take its MOT test, it can be a difficulty to choose which motor company to trust with your time, vehicle and money. MOT tests are mandatory, but choosing the wrong company can result in a bad experience and wasted time.
At In Town Automotive, we not only provide our clients with trustworthy MOTs in Northampton, but we also provide you with a service, ensuring that the entire experience is as easy and stress-free as possible for all our highly valued clients. In terms of our MOTs in Northampton, we offer a free collection and delivery service for our clients, to cause minimum disruption to their day.
However, if you do wish to wait whilst your car is in for its MOT in Northampton, it is a more than comfortable wait. On site, we have many facilities available which will make your wait pass quickly, including refreshments, a comfortable waiting area with a television, and free Wi-Fi facilities.
In Town Automotive is one of the largest and most successful independently owned vehicle servicing and repairs garages in Northampton. Maintaining and repairing vehicles is our speciality, and with over 50 years of experience of supplying car parts, you can count on us to know our stuff. Our long-standing reputation speaks for itself, with the majority of client basis coming from loyal customers and recommendations.
At In Town Automotive, we are passionate about vehicles; it’s what we love and do, and we make sure we do it well. Our highest priority is to provide all of our clients with vehicle repairs of the highest quality, and each of our professional staff are committed to providing a stellar service.
What’s more, we offer all this for an extremely low rate, reduced to just £24 for a car. So, if you’re looking for great prices for MOTs in Northampton without compromising on the quality, you’re in the right place.
Thanks to all our committed, professional and friendly staff, along with our outstanding services, we are known locally to be one of the best garages in the area, and we are continuing to grow and grow in our expertise and success.
If your car, motorhome, 4x4 or van is due an MOT, it is highly advisable to book in advance of your deadline date to ensure you don’t have any time off the road unable to use your vehicle. It is also important to note that missing an MOT can result in invalid insurance and even a £1000 penalty. If you need repairs, this will allow time for your vehicle be repaired too. Booking ahead will also ensure that you secure a time slot which is most convenient for you.
If you have any questions regarding MOTs in Northampton, the procedure and what is entailed, or if you would like to book in for MOTs Northampton at In Town Automotive, contact us us on 01604 666 700, and our professionals will be more than happy to advise you.