If your car is more than three years old, an annual MOT inspection is a legal requirement to ensure it’s roadworthy.The maximum fee a garage is allowed to charge for an MOT is £54.85, but you’ll often see them advertised for around £35-£45 in order to attract and retain business.If they flicker when tapped lightly with your hand, they probably need tightening into position or replacing altogether.

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There shouldn’t be any sharp edges exposed that could be a danger to other road users. Pop up the bonnet and make sure the brake fluid reservoir and oil are topped up.

Sufficient levels of both oil and fuel are required for the garage to conduct an emissions test.

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If you’re unsure of whether your number plate meets the legal requirements, visit the DVLA website before going for your MOT test.

All doors must open and close freely for your car to pass its MOT test. Front doors should be able to open from inside and outside the car.

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A quick way to check is to insert a 20p piece into one of the tread grooves.