Car Aftercare FAQ

What is checked in an MOT test? 

  • Body Inspection
  • Vehicle Structure Inspection
  • Fuel Systems Checks (for leaks, security and pipe condition)
  • Brakes, Tyres and wheels
  • Electrical wiring and battery
  • Seats For Security
  • Horn Operation
  • Steering Checks
  • Suspension Checks
  • Lights
  • Windscreen, Wipers and washers
  • Exhaust emissions
  • Registration plates

What happens if my car fails it MOT? 

If your car fails it’s MOT test, you have to have it repaired to an acceptable standard before it can be re-tested and passed.

How long does an MOT take? 

An average MOT test takes between 45 to 60 minutes.

What are the most common maintenance items recommended for cars? 

  • Oil
  • Tyres
  • Brake Pads
  • Air Filter

How do I check my tyre pressure? 

Tyre pressure can affect your car's handling and fuel efficiency. Tyres at the wrong pressure will wear out faster and are also less safe. So be sure to check them regularly. This is how to check the pressure of your tyres:

  • First, make sure your handbrake’s on and the ignition’s off.
  • Give the tyres around three hours to cool. It gives a more accurate reading.
  • Inside your door frame, a chart shows the correct tyre pressures: they’re marked in PSI and BAR.
  • Unscrew the dust caps on your tyres and keep them somewhere safe!
  • Press the gauge onto the valve and you’ll hear a little hiss of air.
  • The number on the gauge shows the pressure.
  • Finally, don’t forget to screw all your dust caps back on.

How do I check the tread on my tyres? 

The easiest way to measure the tread is to insert a 20p coin into the lowest tread depth of your tyres. If you can't see the outer rim around the edge of the coin, then your tyre is safe and has a minimum of 3mm tread depth. If you CAN see the rim of the coin then your tyre tread is less than 3mm and should be checked by a professional.

What are the signs my engine oil level is low? 

The best way to tell your engine is low on oil is through the check engine light. As soon as the sensor detects the oil level is low, the check engine light will illuminate to alert you. This is usually located on the dashboard.

Knocking noise coming from under the hood is another sign that your engine oil level may be low. You'll notice this if the car has been running on low oil for a while. Soon as you start hearing such noises, pull over to the side when its safe to do so and switch off your engine. Let the engine cool down, then proceed to check the engine oil level.

How do I check and top up my engine oil level 

Regularly checking your engine oil is one of the most important things you can do to look after your car. You shouldn’t have to completely change your oil every time you check it, topping it up should be fine until the oil goes bad.

How to check engine oil level:

  • To first step is to make sure your car is parked on flat ground. If the car is on a slope, the readings won’t be reliable.
  • Open your car’s bonnet and locate the dipstick. This is usually brightly coloured with a round or T-shaped handle. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean.
  • Then proceed to re-insert the dipstick back into place until it clicks back, remove the dipstick again to check the engine oil level.
  • There will be two marks on the dipstick to show the optimum level that your oil should be at. Your oil level should be somewhere between the two. If your oil level is below the bottom line, or if there isn’t any oil on the dipstick at all, you should immediately top up your engine oil.

How to top up engine oil level:

  • To fill up your oil, you first need to find the oil filler cap in your engine bay.
  • Then, place the funnel at the top of the spout and pour your oil in. It's important that you are using the correct oil for your car.
  • To get a sense of how much oil you may need; the gap between the marks on the dipstick usually represents around 1 litre of oil, so you know that if your oil mark was at the minimum, you need around a litre to top it up. If it’s only halfway down, you probably need around half a litre.
  • Try not to overfill by pouring a bit at a time, and checking your dipstick.
  • After you're certain it's been topped up to the correct level, pop the dipstick back in and clean your hands!

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