My Almera N16 has an MOT booked this afternoon so I spent the morning cleaning it. Because a clean car is really going to convince an MOT to pass it, isn't it?!
I have always had a tradition of cleaning my cars before an MOT. Once thing that hits me is how knackering it is hand washing a car these days. Is it my age? A few months until the big four-0 now. The fact that I also have a flat to keep tidy? It never tired me after valeting my parents' Horizon or MG Maestro 1600 for pocket money some 28 years ago!
Anyhoo after cleaning I just checked the minor essentials such as the lights, hazards. I can just make out the red orbs reflecting on the garage door as I checked the brake lights. Lo and behold, the main offside headlight bulb was out. "Oh shit!" However when I tried to juggle the bulb around (thank heavens it wasn't like the mark 2 Reno Megane design with what I think this Almera has a few similarities) it was working again. I have had the car for nearly 7 years and incredibly never have had to replace a bulb - unless any were replaced during a garage service.
Just took a look at my last MOT certificate. It was tested at 94,060 miles. I now have 96,390 miles. I haven't driven it much in the last 2 and a half years as I'm in walking distance of my work.
One advisory from last year: 'Track rod end ball joint dust cover deteriorated but preventing the ingress of dirt front (both). [2.2.C.1c].