Take just a “Minute or Two” to prepare for your MOT.

Westerly BMW joins 5,500 UK Car Dealers to reduce MOT failures.
Simple checks could cut up to 1.5 million failures each year.
Two minute check could save motorists time and money.

A nationwide campaign to help motorists reduce MOT failures was launched back in 2013 and is backed by Westerly BMW together with approx. 5,500 other manufacturer main dealers across the UK.

Research from the society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) indicates that around 1.5 million MOT failures each year could be avoided if motorists notify the dealer of simple problems with the vehicle before the annual roadworthiness tests is carried out. In the biggest campaign of its type Westerly Group – five of approx. 5,500 manufacturer dealers across the UK – will give guidance to BMW owners across the region on the simple pre-MOT visual checks that they can carry out on their own car.

Taking just a “Minute or Two”, the 10-step checklist will take BMW owners through a series of quick and easy checks – from headlights and tyres, to windscreen wipers and fluid levels. By forewarning the dealership of any required work in advance of the MOT, the motorists give their vehicle the best chance of passing the test first time round. The full “Minute or Two” checklist can be viewed at www.passmymot.co.uk where visitors can also use a Garage Finder tool to locate your nearest Westerly BMW.

“The message that we are keen to get across to motorists is that an MOT fail could be very easily avoided if a simple visual check-list is carried out beforehand” explains Kirk Broome, Westerly BMW Franchise Manager. He continued to say - “Technicians at manufacturer main dealerships across the UK are ready and willing to help vehicle owners carry out the visual inspection before the test, and to rectify any issues before conducting a manufacturer guaranteed MOT”.

“With the continued introduction of a number of new additions to the annual MOT test, it is even more important for vehicle owners to understand the advantage that a few simple checks could make to the outcome of their test. Indeed we would encourage the simple checks to be conducted regularly between MOT tests to ensure that the vehicle is safe”.

PLEASE READ ON TO SEE THE RECOMMENDED CHECK LIST FOR THE “MINUTE OR TWO” PROGRAMME AS RECOMMENDED BY WESTERLY BMW...

THE “MINUTE OR TWO” CHECKLIST:

1/ Headlights and Indicators – check that all of your car’s lights function properly – headlights, sidelights, rear lights and indicators.

2/ Brake lights – Press the brake pedal and ask a friend to check that the rear brake lights come on, including any supplementary brake strip light. Alternatively, carefully reverse up to a reflective surface (window, wall or garage door) and look behind to see for your self.

3/ Number plate – Make sure that the number plates are clean and legible – even a quick wipe with a cloth can make the difference between a pass or fail. The font and spacing of letters must also comply with legal requirements to be passed by the MOT station.

4/ Wheels and Tyres – Check that wheel s and tyres are undamaged. The minimum legal tyre tread depth is 1.6mm and any tyres with less than this will be marked as an MOT fail (it is recommended that tyres be changed when the tread reaches less than 3mm). If you are in doubt about how much tread is left on your tyres, we will happily check this for you. We can also advise you on the type of tyres that are right for your car should any replacements be required.

5/ Seats and Seat Belts – The drivers seat must be able to adjust forwards and backwards and all seat belts should be in good working order and condition. Test the free movement of the belt both on withdrawing it and returning it and check the actual condition of the belt itself for fraying, cuts or general deformation. Finally, tug sharply on each seatbelt to check that they react as they are supposed to when you have to brake sharply.

6/ Windscreen – Check the view out of the front of the car for damage – any damage larger than 40mm will cause a “fail”, as will any damage wider than 10mm in the swept area of the windscreen in front of the driver.

7/ Windscreen Wipers – Make sure your windscreen wipers are able to keep your windscreen clean – any tears or holes in the wiper rubber can lead to an MOT “fail”.

8/ Screen-wash – Top up the washer bottle before bringing the car in for its test – something as simple as an empty container can cause an MOT “fail”.

9/ Horn – Give a short blast on the horn – if it does not work then your dealer will need to repair or replace it before the test is undertaken to again avoid a “fail”.

10/ Fuel and Engine Oil – It will sound obvious, but make sure your car is filled with enough fuel and engine oil – you can be turned away from an MOT testing station should there not be suitable levels of either, as both of these are required by the dealership when running the car to test its emissions levels. If you are unsure about the type of oil required then please ask us for guidance.

Finally, do ensure that before touching certain parts of the car, you do allow a period of time to pass for the car to cool down after use before handling items such as bulbs, the dip-stick, engine fluids etc.