Diesel Cars And Your MOT

Did you know that as of May 2018 there will be more stringent rules enforced for diesel vehicles?

MOT Your Diesel Car
We have put together some of the things that are involved so you get a better understanding as there isn’t much out there that explains it correctly –


Diesel emission limits will be lowered making it more difficult for the older diesel cars to pass its MOT. There are things an owner of a diesel car can do to give them a much better chance of passing it including –

  • Get the vehicle serviced before the MOT
  • Use an injector cleaner to a low tank of diesel

These things will make a huge difference to drive-ability, fuel consumption will be much improved and you can expect your emissions to be cut too.

A few other things that will effect MOT’s from May include –
  • The engine check lamp must not be Illuminated at any time while the engine is running, this is now a fail !
  • Reversing lights must work
  • Front fog or driving lamps must work
  • An oil leak if considered bad enough could be a failure
  • The diesel particulate filter (DPF) must not be removed or tampered with if fitted
As qualified MOT examiners for class 1/2/4 and 7 vehicles we can help you ensure that your vehicle is ready and has the best chances of passing an MOT.
In our view this is just another way of the government being able to remove diesel cars from the road under the very popular guise of clean air. The other way they may also try to alleviate the numbers is by increasing the tax on diesel fuel, and possibly increasing the road tax for diesels!
We are also waiting for the signs that the government will be running a new diesel scrappage scheme that will give you a better deal when buying a new car.


Confident Mechanics

Firstly we want to be honest and open with you from the start but we also know that there are a number of mechanics that don’t run their businesses on the same principles that we do so below we are trying to outline some useful hints and tips that help you to ensure you get the right mechanic for the job.

1 – Always make sure you get a few quotes as we have heard that some mechanics will often extend the issues to things that don’t necessarily need doing so that they can make a few extra pounds for their back pockets.

2 – Getting a diagnostic test result can often lead a mechanic straight to the problem without you needing to drop your car off for days so that they can charge you extra for spending hours trying to find the problem. A diagnostics test usually will only take a few minutes and will often end up saving you a small fortune.

3 – Your tyres are no longer safe and need replacing is a common way for some mechanics to make a few extra quid so as a general rule of thumb check your tyre depth using a 20p coin and if the outer edge is below the tyre tread your car tyres should be fine. Alternatively take the vehicle to a tyre specialist and make sure you get them checked before replacing them. Common prices can start from £200-00 for a set of 4 new tyres which is a pretty price to pay if they don’t really need replacing.

4 – When getting work done to your car make sure that you ask the mechanic to keep back the old parts as you would like to see them as this will discourage them from charging you for new parts that haven’t necessarily been replaced.

If you are a dinosaur when its comes to the engine on your car why not get a few quotes and make Helyer Autos one of them for a trusted and reputable mechanic that will ensure you are back on the road in no time. Simply contact us today on 01344 426999 to find out more.

Car Maintenance

Did you know that a regular service can ensure that you save in the long term?

Did you also know that keeping your tyre pressures checked throughout the year could save you up to £150-00 per year?

Here at Helyer Autos we offer a car service that is second to none. Ensuring your vehicle has all the right levels of fluid and also has new filters replaced yearly will ensure your car runs smoothly. With a keen eye for detail we have also been known to spot issues before  they arise meaning our customers have saved money from costly repairs later on down the line.

Make sure you check your oil levels, water level, brake fluid levels and air pressure regularly and especially before you are about to embark on a long journey as this can make a huge difference to how your car drives and even feels.

Did you also know that it is your duty to ensure that your tyres are road worthy and if you don’t and get caught with a tyre below the legal limit you could be fined and even gain points on your license which puts up the cost of your insurance massively?

For sound and impartial advice why not give us a call with any questions you may have today on 01344 426999.