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Car driving on UK motorway
MOT
2023-05-30

Understanding UK number plates

Number plates are essential for every vehicle in the United Kingdom and driving without a number plate is illegal. They are the unique identifier that links a vehicle to its owner and allows for...

Top of an MOT test certificate with car keys
MOT
2023-05-29

The importance of checking your MOT certificate...

Every UK vehicle owner should know what an MOT certificate is. Yet, what many overlook is the importance of checking their MOT certificate for mistakes.

In this blog, we’ll dive into the relevance of...

Diesel engine car in the countryside
MOT
2023-05-24

How long can you drive with the Diesel...

A common question amongst diesel vehicle owners is: "How long can I drive with the DPF light on?"

This blog will discuss all things Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) including what can cause the DPF...

mileage on car's dashboard
MOT
2023-05-24

The importance of a mileage check

Your car’s mileage, as the name suggests, is the number of miles your car has travelled since its registration.

In this blog, we’ll talk about all the reasons a mileage check is important, when to...

mechanics checking a car during an MOT test
MOT
2023-05-18

Understanding what an MOT failure means

Ever failed an MOT and wondered why? A recent study by the RAC found that around 7.3 million vehicles fail their MOT test each year. We’re here to stop this happening to you!

In this blog, we’ll...

car driving on wet slippery road
MOT
2023-05-16

What to do when the ABS warning light turns on

Car warning lights play a crucial role in letting drivers know if there are any faults with their vehicle. One of such warning lights is the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) warning light.

In this blog,...

uk driver
MOT
2023-05-09

Can you drive without an MOT

The Ministry of Transport (MOT) test is a term that's familiar to every UK driver. But one question often on drivers’ minds is: can I drive without an MOT in the UK?

In this blog, we will delve into...

UK motorway with MOT test sign
MOT
2023-05-02

The benefits of booking an MOT test near you

Are you due for an MOT test and searching for the best MOT garage near you?

Finding a good MOT garage can be stressful, but look no further than Caura, the app that makes booking an MOT an absolute...

UK road
MOT
2023-04-30

What your car brakes are trying to tell you

Your car's braking system is one of the most important safety features of your vehicle. If you pay close attention, you might notice that your car brakes are trying to tell you something important.

In...

How to SORN your car blog header
MOT
2023-04-30

How to SORN your car

All UK car owners who are not using their car or driving it on public roads are legally required to declare their vehicle as SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification).

We’ve broken down what is SORN,...

Mechanics doing an MOT test on a car
MOT checks and pre-checks
2023-01-24

10 pre-checks you should be doing before booking...

Has your car ever failed its MOT? We understand how frustrating it can be when you end up having to pay for additional work you hadn’t previously budgeted for. We want to make things easier for you....

Man changing tyre on the road
MOT
2023-05-29

How to change a tyre

If the mere thought of dealing with a flat tyre leaves you sweating, don't worry! We’re here to help you understand how to change a tyre.

This comprehensive guide will not only explain when and why...

ESP warning light on car's dashboard
MOT
2023-05-29

What the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)...

ESP stands for Electronic Stability Programme and is one of the most important safety features of a vehicle.

In this blog, we will explore what ESP is, what can cause it to malfunction, and what steps...

Main checking tyre pressure using a tyre pressure gauge
MOT
2023-05-29

How to check the correct tyre pressure for your

One critical, often overlooked, part of your car that requires regular attention is tyre pressure. With the right tyre pressure, you can ensure a safe and smooth ride, better fuel efficiency, and an...

car engine inside the hood
MOT
2023-05-24

The importance of an engine coolant to keep your...

Your car’s engine is responsible for converting fuel into power, which ultimately gets your car running. There are several factors that allow the engine to work properly, one of which is engine...

busy motorway
MOT
2023-05-18

Can you tax a car without MOT

A question that often arises in driver’s minds is: “Can I tax my car without an MOT?”. The simple answer is no. If your vehicle does not have a valid MOT, you won't be able to renew your road tax.

In...

MOT tester checking car during an MOT test
MOT
2023-05-18

Why MOT tests include an exhaust emission test

In the UK, any vehicle older than three years will need an MOT test conducted yearly. The test ensures that a vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards.

An important part of an MOT is the...

man driving car
MOT
2023-05-16

What to do when your battery warning light turns

Has your car’s battery light turned on and you’re not sure what it means?

A battery warning light is one of the most common car warning lights, and understanding what the light means and how to...

uk driver
MOT
2023-05-12

What to do when the airbag warning light turns on

Airbags are a vital component of your car's safety system and the airbag warning light serves as a diagnostic tool for the airbag system. It's essential to understand what the airbag warning light...

woman driving
MOT
2023-05-12

Decoding car warning lights: what they're trying...

Picture this: you're driving along enjoying your favourite tunes when suddenly a car warning light appears on your car's dashboard.

It's important to understand what these lights are trying to tell...

windscreen wiper blades
MOT
2023-05-02

When it is time to change your windscreen wipers

Windscreen wiper blades are an essential component of any vehicle and are also one of the many parts that are checked during an MOT test.

According to a 2021 report by the DVSA, windscreen wipers were...

UK road
MOT
2023-05-01

Does an Engine Management Light (EML) fail an MOT

Has your car’s Engine Management Light (EML) turned on and left you wondering whether your car will pass the MOT test? This is a common concern among drivers as the EML is an important indicator of...

London road driving
MOT
2023-05-01

How much is an MOT test?

In the UK, most vehicles over three years old will need to go for an annual MOT test. You may have noticed that some garages charge different MOT prices – this is because the cost of an MOT test can...

tyres
MOT
2023-04-30

What is the tyre tread depth test

Tyres are the unsung heroes of our vehicles. They grip the road, provide stability, and keep us moving forward. But, like all good things, tyres wear out over time.

Tyre tread depth is also one of the...

long lit up road
MOT
2023-04-14

How to check your vehicle's MOT history in the UK

Are you planning to buy a used vehicle or want to ensure that your vehicle meets safety and environmental standards? Checking the MOT history of your vehicle can help you identify potential issues...

Mechanic conducting MOT on car
MOT & Servicing
2023-02-07

5 most-asked MOT questions answered

An MOT is an annual check-up for all vehicles over three years old to ensure that they meet road safety and environmental standards. An MOT is particularly important for three reasons:

It ensures that...