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For an MoT test in Cambridge come to Wallis and Son MoT Test Centre where we won't be beaten on price. Our fully-qualified technicians will carry out your MoT test and with hundreds of satisfied customers you can be sure of the best in service and value. You can book quickly and easily online or call us and we'll make your booking personally.

Eleven top tips to help you prepare for your test

  1. You may not be able to test your car for every potential problem but there plenty of things you can easily check and get fixed before your MoT test. Simply filling up your windscreen wash could be the difference between a pass and a failure. Here's our Top Ten Tips to help you pass first time.
  2. Make sure your car is reasonably clean. A tester can refuse to examine a car if it is filthy, particularly underneath. Make sure the boot is uncluttered and does not hinder the tester in any way.
  3. Check your lights and indicators are working and replace any faulty bulbs. Get someone to stand behind the car while you check your brake and rear lights. Check your horn is working.
  4. Make sure your number plates and VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) are clean and readable
  5. Check for damage to the windscreen. Cracks must be no larger than 40mm in the entire swept area of the screen. The central view of the driver, known as Zone A, is 290mm wide (within the swept area and centred on the steering wheel) and any damage in this area must be no larger than 10mm wide.
  6. Get someone to hold a cloth over the end of the exhaust while you start the engine. If there are no leaks in the exhaust system, the engine should stall after a few seconds. If the engine doesn't stall this indicates a leak which will need to be repaired.
  7. Tyre tread depth must be at least 1.6mm. Check tyres are inflated correctly with no damage to the sides. The spare tyre is not part of the test but it is advised that a correctly inflated and legal tyre /wheel should be carried
  8. Check under the bonnet to ensure that the brake fluid reservoir, windscreen washer bottle and engine oil reserves are topped up.
  9. A general check around the vehicle should be made to ensure that the car's fuel cap is secure, mirrors are in good condition, wipers are not damaged or split and door handles, catches and locks work. Check the condition of your seat belts as any frays or tears may result in a failure.
  10. Bounce each corner of your car by leaning your weight against it. If it doesn't settle after one or two bounces the shock absorbers may need changing.
  11. Check the handbrake and footbrake. If you have to pull the handbrake lever up too far, through lots of clicking, the cable probably needs adjusting. Check that the handbrake can't be released by simply tapping on the lever. Press the footbrake and check it doesn't feel spongy. If it does, there may be air in the hydraulic system which must be removed.


Car Servicing

Only genuine manufacturer replacement parts are used during servicing and repairs and our labour rates are extremely competitive against those charged by many main dealers. What's more, servicing can be performed on new vehicles still covered by the manufacturer warranty as all tasks are performed exactly to makers' service specification. This means that you can receive the highest quality workmanship at a value-for-money price. Several members of the workshop team have remained with the dealership for more than 20 years which helps when it comes to providing continuity of service.

MOTs can be carried out while you wait, but for longer periods Wallis & Son offers a free courtesy car.

Read comments from a few of the many satisfied workshop customers on the Customer Testimony page. A considerable number of local businesses use the services available at Wallis & Son, and Cambridge University regularly maintain their fleet of 50 vehicles through the workshop.

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