Cars failing MOTs for easy-to-fix reasons

Cars failing MOTs for easy-to-fix reasons 19th March 2014

Failure to clear clutter from a car or leaving stickers all over the windscreen are just a couple of the simple reasons why motorists have been failing their MOT tests in the past year.

Research from What Car? magazine found that annually around £500,000 is wasted by motorists on MOT tests where their car has failed due to issues that could easily have been avoided.

Using data from VOSA's MOT test performance records between August 2012 and 2013, What Car? discovered that 2,852 cars failed because they were dirty or full of clutter, 4,600 failed because screenwash had not been refilled and 800 did not pass because drivers had ignored warning lights on the dashboard.

Nevertheless, the top reasons why cars failed their MOT tests were because tread depth on tyres had been worn down to below the legal limit of 1.6mm, brake pads were below the 1.5mm of thickness that is lawfully required and headlights were not aimed correctly.

The study by What Car? highlights the necessity for drivers to send their car regularly for a service.

Companies like ATS Euromaster can fix faults with a car, if the driver knows about them, prior to the vehicle being sent for an MOT test, such as replacing brake pads or tyres. Additionally, ATS Euromaster can also provide MOT testing.

Consumer editor at What Car? magazine Emma Butcher said: “There are some really simple things that every motorist can do to help a three-year-old car pass its first MOT test, but it’s amazing how many people don’t do them.

“Many people probably don’t even realise that MOT testers can refuse to test your car if it’s too dirty or full of clutter."

She also explained that while the vast majority of drivers are aware that they need to have a standard registration plate, 29 people failed because theirs was the wrong colour while 114 let their car go for testing without a numberplate.

Posted by Danielle Barge