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Give your car the look and feel it deserves

Hamish Wilson

Make sure your car is looking the part for the summer sun

With all the sunshine we've been enjoying recently, what could be worse than not having your car looking the part? 

Car Clinic reveals the best way to give your car the look and feel it deserves.

Nothing less than perfect! 

  1. Thoroughly prewash and follow up with a complete wash.
  2. Treat your car to a careful underbody wash to remove remains of the winter season and protect it in future.
  3. Our tip: Remove the remaining water off the paint work by taking a leather towel, holding it by two corners and pulling it softly over the paint work.
  4. When the leather is moist, wring it out firmly and continue this procedure until the paintwork of your car shines brightly.
  5. A micro fibre cloth, a vacuum cleaner etc. will help you making the inside of your car look as new.
  6. In addition an engine wash can remove dirt and old oil making your engine purr like a cat again.

My MOT is overdue - What should I do?

Hamish Wilson

You CAN drive without an MOT - but only in these circumstances

Although we try to advise all our customers when their MoT is due on their vehicle, sometimes the test goes overdue and that creates a big problem because driving without an up-to-date MOT certificate will NOT be taking lightly by authorities.

But, there is a way you can drive without it - providing you meet certain requirements.

Those driving without an MOT certificate risk hefty fines and, should they cause a crash, the cost of repairs.

Worryingly, a third of drivers admit to driving their cars without a valid certificate. Typically, they tend to drive their motors in the first two weeks of their certificate running out.

bur fear not........You CAN drive without an MOT - but only in these circumstances:-

  • You’re only allowed to drive your car when its MOT has expired if you’ve booked an MOT and are driving to the test centre.
  • If you’re stopped by the police on the way, you’ll have to be able to prove that you have an appointment.
  • If your car fails its MOT, you can only drive it if the previous year’s MOT is still valid (i.e. the test took place on a date earlier than last year’s).
  • If your vehicle is deemed ‘un-roadworthy’ the above doesn’t apply and you can’t drive it.
  • MOTs can be done anytime within the 12 month period before the existing MOT expires.
  • Retesting should be free if the necessary repair work has been carried out and the re-test completed within 10 working days of the original MOT test.
  • Exemptions – The following vehicles are exempt from VAT rules: Tractors, goods vehicles that run on electricity, vehicles less than 3 years old and cars and motorbikes made before 1960.
  • Fines – A fine of up to £1,000 can be levied, and a vehicle possibly impounded if it’s found to have an invalid MOT certificate.

Want to learn more about MOT's? Check out the government's MOT guidelines for more information.