What Car? research reveals the top five daft reasons cars fail the check
Motorists cost themselves almost £500,000 each year by allowing their cars to fail the first MoT test for the most ridiculous reasons, including failing to clear out clutter and plastering stickers on the windscreen.
Research by What Car? shows that nearly 4% of the 285,236 MoT test failures recorded between August 2012 and August 2013 were on cars having their first test and so could have been easily avoided.
More than 4600 cars failed because owners had not topped up the screenwash, 2852 failed due to the car being dirty and full of clutter – while almost 800 failures were down to warning lights on the dashboard that drivers had simply ignored.
With an average MoT test price of £45, the 10,753 cars that failed their first test amounts to £483,885 wasted by UK motorists.
What Car? has launched a new website www.whatcar.com/mot and online tool, designed to help drivers boost their car’s chances of passing its first MoT test. Overall, the most common reasons for MoT failure are tyre tread depth being below the 1.6mm limit, brake pads being worn down to less than 1.5mm thick and headlamps being wrongly aimed.
What Car?’s consumer editor, 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. However, most know there are rules about having a standardised registration plate and yet we found 29 people whose car failed because their numberplate was the wrong colour, and 114 who presented their car without a number plate at all.”
Whatcar.com’s new online hub and tool offers motorists advice on how to get their car through the test and ranks cars by make and model on their likelihood of passing first time.
Owners can select their car via a simple drop-down menu to see an overview of previous MoT test failures, for example tyres, brakes, lights, suspension, visibility, registration plate, fuel system, as well as safety.
For more information: www.whatcar.com