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What are MOT advisory notes?

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We look at what advisory notes are, and the impact they have on your MOT test.

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Advisory notes are given as part of an MOT, giving notice of things that will need fixing on your car eventually, but are not reasons to fail a test. These are given at the discretion of the tester, and vary in importance dependent upon what they are for.

The different advisory notes

Advisory notes can cover any element of your car that the tester believes should be looked at, so it's difficult to give a comprehensive list of everything you may come across. They can be anything from a stiff boot to early signs of corrosions, so don't be too shocked if you have a lot of notes after passing your MOT.

These notes shouldn't be disregarded as unimportant though. An MOT test will ensure that your car meets the absolute minimum for road safety on the day it is tested. The notes can and will help to make your car safer if you follow their advice, and can also point out future problems that could lead you to fail future MOT tests.

It's worthwhile talking to your tester as well as your mechanic to come up with a timeline for repairs based on these notes. They will be able to highlight to you which are the most essential, whilst also establishing which are just issues that you should be aware of.

Common advisory notes

Tyres are very commonly discussed as part of the advisory notes. The legal minimum tread of your tyres to be roadworthy is 1.6mm, so if your tyres are close to or at this depth, you're likely to find a note advising you to fit new tyres. This is an important note to check for, as low treads can wear down very quickly, and you could find yourself driving illegally if ignored.

The long-term effects of advisory notes

While you are under no legal requirement to adhere to the advisory notes, to not do so can have long-term implications. The issues addressed can lead to your car failing an MOT test over the coming years, as well as making your car less safe, even if it is technically roadworthy.

One of the biggest and most common impacts, however, comes at the point of resale for the vehicle. The advisory notes are recorded as part of the MOT, and therefore buyers may be able to find out about them. If you haven't fixed an issue, this could reduce the price of the vehicle in the future.

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