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Even More MOT Test Knowledge!

Back in January we released this article shedding light on everything you need to know about the famous MOT Test system.

Now, we are back with another article providing even more knowledge, this time giving you all of the preparation you need for your next MOT test!

We will help you:

Be calm about your next MOT test

Find out when your next MOT test is

Learn the best MOT test etiquette!

Let’s begin with why you shouldn’t worry about your next MOT test. Well, it’s immediately obvious that you shouldn’t worry, as it’s bad for your health. Worrying tends to increase anxiety, which can make your sleep less and develop minor health problems. Worrying about something you can positively affect is also counter-productive.

To positively change your mentality about your next MOT test, here are a few preparations you can do.

  1. Wash your car. There could be cracks, scrapes or damages that have been concealed by dirt. Don’t get caught out by a mucky outer layer!
  2. Go to a garage and pump up your tyres. Whilst pumping them up, check the tread with a 20p coin to see whether it is above or below the legal 1.6mm limit (or 3mm recommended limit).
  3. Test all your lights and electrics, seatbelts and the horn.
  4. Unless your MOT test centre offers free fluid top-ups, like we do here at In Town Automotive, you should open your bonnet and add some liquids.

Once you’ve done all these, you should be feeling clearer about the state of your car, and may perhaps have an idea of some things that it may fail on. If you’re worried about when your next MOT Test is, and you want to find out quickly, you can do it online here: https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/

Once you’ve found out and added the date to your calendar, add another date a month before that gives you a month’s heads up! This way you shouldn’t get caught out. For Northampton drivers, add the number 01604 666700 to the note, just to be sure. That’s our number.

MOT Test Etiquette

What a treat, we’ve got not one, not two, not even three, but SEVEN brilliant etiquette tips for your next MOT test. These tips go above and beyond the four tips already given above, and will give you the edge when it comes to looking after your car.

  1. Get an extended warranty. If your car’s manufacturer warranty has expired, you can purchase a policy that covers you whenever your car needs repairs after an MOT or service. Think of it as insurance for the extra careful car owner.
  2. Read the small print. Don’t get caught out on technicalities by insurers, warranty providers or garages, make sure you know exactly what you’re getting!
  3. Half way between MOT tests (every six months), you should consider having a service, which here at In Town Automotive start from as little as £89.99.
  4. When you book your MOT test, ask what perks are included and what sort waiting times you could expect to face. If you have time to sit around and wait, that’s fine, but if you need a courtesy car, make sure you’re entitled before attempting to demand one!
  5. Some garages ask that you bring your V5/Logbook with you, so make sure you have it, if it is needed.
  6. Book in for your MOT test at least a month in advance. This way, you will get a great time and won’t have to risk taking time off work to get your car sorted. We are open on Saturdays…
  7. Missing your MOT test is a huge inconvenience to the garage, but could be an even worse inconvenience for you, especially if you get caught after it has expired. This could land you a staggering £1000 fine!


Well, we are good to you aren’t we! All this extra knowledge should serve you well when it comes to looking after your car and going for MOT Tests. If you want to know any more, call our dedicated reception team on 01604 666700.

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Used Car Sales: Buying From A Garage Is Best!

There are so many ways to purchase a used car in the modern market, mostly thanks to the multitude of options the internet provides. However, knowing where your car is really coming from is a trickier business.

The risk with car sales through private or independent sellers is that they can be notoriously bad with ‘forgetting’ car faults, or otherwise simply failing to mention them. The most corrupt of this sort will buy a used car on the cheap knowing that an internal issue is the cause of the reduced price, but will then go on to sell it at a premium.

Used car showrooms do a great job, providing a selection of used cars that come from a variety of sources, like auctions, part exchanges and ITK trading. However, many of these showrooms lack a vital component that makes buying a used car from a garage or service centre the best method.

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The missing component is the vehicle technicians! Garages are filled with mechanical experts who are able to give a professional vehicle health check, as opposed to a quick ‘once over’. Vehicle technicians will not only make sure that the car is running smoothly, legal and safe for the road, but they can also estimate the health of the car parts, like tyre tread depths. If there are faulty car parts, a garage is the best place for the car to be!

Buying from a garage also provides the safeties of buying from a used car showroom, like warranty and finance. Surpassing those benefits, the inclusion of free or discounted MOT checks and servicing is something that should surely entice any customer to consider this avenue of vehicle acquisition.

Here at In Town Automotive, we are often credited for our honesty and integrity and this is carried through into our used car sales preparation. Every used car or van we have for sale has been serviced, MOT’d & valeted and had any necessary remedial work completed, giving you peace of mind that you will not get down the road and start having problems.

For extra peace of mind and credibility all our cars come with a minimum 3 month warranty so in the unlikely event you do have an unforeseen problem we will endeavour to resolve it immediately, and not forgetting that most car sales will qualify for 3 Years FREE SERVICING too.                         

If you see a vehicle you like in our car sales showroom you can either pre-book a test drive by calling on 01604 666700 or pop down to our showroom at Rothersthorpe Road Industrial Estate, Far Cotton, Northampton NN4 8ES. We have access to various vehicle finance options for car sales which we are happy to offer.