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MoT Testing

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.rsz_sas_-_web_-_half_a_million_pounds_wasted_on_first_mot_test_fails_-_pic

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 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.”’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.

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Personalised health check to be installedAutomotive training and consultancy firm BTC has announced plans to install a personalised version of its vehicle health check system, autoVHC, for Ford across 12 markets.

This new move follows a strong five-year relationship and phenomenal success in the UK; with autoVHC now being used in over 150 Ford dealerships throughout the country.

The tailored autoVHC forms part of Ford’s plans to fully integrate its vehicle health checks with FordEcat – the dealer’s Electronic Parts Catalogue for users who need access to information on parts identification, vehicle identification and supersession search.

This year, the following markets will see Ford’s autoVHC installed: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Morocco, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, and Switzerland.

Henry Howard, BTC’s Sales Director, commented: “A fully integrated autoVHC system will allow the Ford dealerships to deliver its interactive reception process effectively. Aftersales staff and service advisors will be able to follow a much smoother process that will deliver a high quality service to its customers.”

Once implemented, autoVHC is linked directly with FordEcat’s menu pricing system for package jobs that are to be completed on a customer’s car. This allows the electronic health check system to access customer specific prices from Ford’s Dealer Management System (DMS) efficiently.

“Ford dealerships will see improved benefits to the personalised system and the way it seamlessly works with FordEcat. Users will be able to access consistent pricing of Ford parts and offer real time costs, which will increase customer engagement significantly. Repair orders are also pushed back automatically, eliminating the need for double keying.”


MasterFit photoWith a seemingly never-ending list of things to do in the run up to the festive season, it’s easy to overlook someone who may need a bit of festive TLC – your car.

With most of us relying on our cars over the festive period to visit family and friends, it is the ideal time to treat your Vauxhall to a MasterFit Winter Safety Check and ensure it’s ready for whatever tricky situations the great British weather may bring.

Carried out by an expertly-trained Vauxhall technician, at a suggested retail price of just £35, the winter safety check includes a visual check for any potential safety issues, a tyre inflation check and a top up of all vital fluids (500ml max).

Each Winter Safety Check customer also receives a free Autoglym Winter Care Pack worth £20, consisting of 500ml de-icer, 500ml screenwash, an ice scraper and a Hi-Tech Interior Microfibre Cloth.