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MOT Centre in March, Cambridgeshire
If you live in the March area of Cambridge or surrounding towns and villages such as Wisbech, Ely and Peterborough, and you’re on the lookout for somewhere to book your car in for an MOT, Pilgrims of March can help.
Our MOT centre in March is run by trained technicians who will take care of your car as if it were their own.
Our knowledgeable aftersales team are on hand to complete MOTs on all makes and model of car, not just Ford.
What does an MOT include
An MOT is a legal requirement, and you must have a valid MOT certificate if you want to drive your car on public roads.
You will be required to renew your MOT each year to ensure your vehicle is roadworthy and doesn’t pose a threat to you or other road users.
The following inspections will be included in an MOT:
- Steering and suspension
- Windscreen Wipers
- Registration Plates
There are certain checks that are made on your vehicle to determine whether things are working as they should be and don’t appear to be damaged or likely to pose a problem down the line.
At the end of the test, you will receive a certificate, providing your car passes, with a list of any advisories that you should look to fix as they could cause a bigger problem if not fixed.
In the event that your vehicle fails its MOT, you will have the chance to fix the issues and then put your car back through the test again. You will not be allowed to drive your car without a valid pass certificate.
We recommend booking your car in for its MOT 4 weeks prior to your existing MOT expiring. If you leave it too late, you might find there are few, if any, spots available which means your certificate could expire and you won’t be able to drive your car.
How to prep your car for an MOT
You should always aim to keep your car as well maintained as possible, but before you head to your MOT, you can do a visual inspection yourself
Check that your windscreen wipers clear the windscreen from dirt and do not leave a smudge that could restrict your view.
Check the tyre tread, which has a legal minimum of 1.6mm (across the central ¾ of the tyre). You can purchase a specific tyre tread tool, or use a 20p (the outer rim should not be visible when inside the tyre groove).
Ensure you have enough coolant and anti-freeze so you can clear your windscreen correctly, especially in the colder months.
How long does an MOT take
The MOT should take around 1 hour, but you can leave your vehicle with us whilst we complete the test. We will get in touch with you after the test if there is additional work that is required, otherwise you are ok to collect your car.
If you are in the March area, get in touch with us at Pilgrims of March to see how we compare to other MOT centres.
Cost-effective and convenient MOT in March, Cambridgeshire
We offer competitive prices on our MOT services, so you can rest assured if you’re looking for an MOT in March, Cambridgeshire, you won’t be paying over the odds for your check-up. Furthermore, we can turn around our MOT services swiftly, ensuring that you have your vehicle back with you in no time. It’s as simple as a trip to the shops!
Highly skilled and trained mechanics
At our MOT centre in March, we have been offering regular check-ups on all sorts of Ford models for many years, and our knowledgeable mechanics have decades of experience between them. They regularly attend all the latest Ford training courses so that they’re up to date on new types of vehicle technology and functionalities. This makes getting an MOT in March super easy for our customers – regardless of what type of vehicle they drive. If we find that your vehicle requires work or repairs following its MOT, March is in easy reach of a variety of parts. Our unrivalled location, as well as the trusted expertise of our mechanics, will be able to get your vehicle ready for the road again quickly and reliably.
So if you are due an MOT, Pilgrims of March is a great area to get one booked in. We are situated close to the centre of town, which makes getting to our garage easy. Just give one of our friendly team members a call and we’ll make sure we can fit you in as soon as possible. Say goodbye to costly MOTs and let us take care of everything!
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We offer a quick and easy MOT service for Ford vehicles here in March, Cambridgeshire, to make sure you stay roadworthy and safe all year round.
Tips to Avoid Failing the MOT Test
To increase your chances of passing the MOT test, consider the following tips:
Regular Maintenance and Servicing
Regular maintenance and servicing play a crucial role in keeping your vehicle in good condition. It helps identify potential issues early on and ensures that all components are functioning optimally.
Checking Lights and Signals
Regularly inspect all external lights, including headlights, taillights, indicators, and brake lights. Make sure they are clean, aligned correctly, and functioning as intended.
Monitoring Tyre Condition
Check your tyres regularly for tread depth, wear and tear, cuts, bulges, and correct inflation. Replace worn-out or damaged tyres promptly and ensure they meet the legal requirements.
Ensuring Brake Performance
Maintain the braking system by checking brake pads, discs, and handbrakes. Address any issues promptly to ensure efficient braking performance.
Suspension and Shock Absorber Check
Regularly inspect the suspension system for signs of wear or damage. Check the shock absorbers and springs to ensure they are functioning properly.
Addressing Exhaust Emissions
Keep the exhaust system in good condition by addressing any issues promptly. Regular servicing and ensuring proper emissions control can help you pass the MOT test.
Maintaining Windscreen and Wipers
Check the windscreen for cracks and chips, and ensure the wiper blades are in good condition. Replace damaged blades and maintain a functional washer system.
Checking Seatbelts and Restraints
Regularly inspect the seatbelts, buckles, and child restraints for any damage or malfunction. Replace any faulty components to ensure the safety of occupants.
Check all mirrors for damage or misalignment. Ensure they provide a clear field of view for safe driving.
Testing Steering System
Regularly check the steering system for any faults or issues. Address any problems promptly to ensure proper control and safe handling.
Preventing Bodywork Damage
Avoid bodywork damage by parking carefully and protecting your vehicle from potential hazards. Regularly clean and inspect the bodywork for signs of corrosion.
Monitoring Fluid Levels
Check the levels of engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, and screen wash regularly. Top up or replace fluids as needed to maintain proper functioning.
Preparing for the MOT Test
To prepare for the MOT test, consider the following steps:
Finding a Reliable MOT Test Center
Research and find a reputable MOT test center that adheres to the standards and provides reliable service.
Gather Necessary Documentation
Collect all necessary documentation, including your vehicle's registration certificate (V5C), previous MOT certificates, and any service records.
Performing Pre-MOT Checks
Conduct pre-MOT checks using the tips mentioned earlier to identify and address potential issues before the test.
Addressing Minor Repairs
If you notice any minor issues during the pre-MOT checks, such as a blown bulb or worn wiper blades, address them before taking the vehicle for the test.
Seeking Professional Help
If you're unsure about any aspect of your vehicle's condition or need assistance with repairs, seek professional help from a qualified mechanic or technician such as Pilgrims of March.