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Gemma Louise

April 24, 2019

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Hi everyone, it’s Gemma again! So if you’ve read some of my other blogs on here, you may already know that I’m a fairly new driver. I’m coming up to a year since passing my driving test and I’ve just had my first MOT. Your first MOT can be quite anxiety inducing, you hear about family and friends failing their MOTs and having to fork out so much money on having work done to their cars. It’s not really a financial burden that anyone wants but how can you live without a car once you’ve tasted that sweet, sweet freedom? You can’t… basically, so I’ve thrown together a few tips on preparing for your first MOT, and how you can make the whole process a lot less stressful.

Look after your car

Bit of an obvious one but after buying a car, you should do your upmost to take care of it. This isn’t just keeping it clean on the outside and inside… this includes driving with care, trying not to hit curbs, walls… you know the drill. I’ve hit quite a few curbs in my time and I’ve spent the rest of the day thinking I’ve knackered my suspension and my tyres. I mean we all make mistakes here and there, especially during our first year on the road, but doing your best to avoid these mishaps can mean that your car stays in better shape and is more likely to pass it’s MOT. They also check things like the seat belts, doors and windscreen so these are all things you should take great care with. Not only yourself, but ensuring that any passengers you have are gentle with your car too when shutting doors and using the seat belts! I’m super strict with my car and I don’t even like people eating in the back haha!

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Keep funds aside

I’m fortunate enough to have passed my first MOT (despite the few bumps to the curb!) and everything is in good shape as I’ve looked after it well and always driven carefully. However, this won’t always be the case I’m sure, in terms of my car being in good nick. As it gets older things are more likely to go wrong and need replacing, so it can help the shock a bit if you keep funds aside throughout the first year just in case you’ll need them for any repairs. This is especially important if you’ve bought an older car for your first car. Mine was only a couple of years old so it was pretty new with not many miles on it, but I got a good price. If it wasn’t for finding that one I definitely would have gone for an older car and would have needed to make sure I saved some money aside for replacing old parts.

Test everything

If you’re really worried about your car passing its first MOT, it can help to give everything a check over. These things include your brake fluid, mirrors, warning lights, tyres, lights, oil… the lot. I was also told at my first MOT that you can actually fail them now if you have anything obstructing your view like a Sat Nav, so mine had to be taken off. I don’t have anywhere else to put one in my car but most newer cars now have them built in so maybe that’s why. If you keep a little Sat Nav in the corner of your windscreen like I do then make sure you pop that off before your MOT just so you don’t fail it because of that. I’ve been told they’re not that harsh but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

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Relax

And finally… relax! They’re not that scary, I promise. Sometimes cars can fail an MOT on something really small and actually – you may not have known that there were any issues with your car in the first place, so the MOT can actually be a good thing that discovers any issues before they gets worse (of course, services do this, too!). I had my MOT a few weeks before I bought my car and I was still under warranty too, so that helped put my mind at ease a bit. Make sure you book yours in early and check if you have a warranty with your car – that should also help you avoid any financial burdens if there is work to be done.

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By Gemma Louise

'I'm Gemma, I'm 24 and a full-time blogger and photographer. I'm a solo mama to a two-year-old who is the best little sidekick. I've recently passed my driving test and it's one of the best things I've ever done, the freedom is immense. I love driving!'  See more posts by Gemma

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