Simple checks can reduce MOT failure rate


Research by Halfords Autocentres has found that a significant number of MOT failures could be avoided by carrying out some simple checks beforehand.


Of the 2.7 million vehicles which will have an MOT in March – one million of them are expected to fail with an average repair cost of £72.


Rory Carlin from Halfords Autocentres said: "We're encouraging motorists to take action against failure rates by tackling those simple jobs that can be resolved relatively cheaply when they first occur - rather than simply hoping for the best when it gets to MOT time, which can lead to bigger unnecessary bills in the long run.


"A simple five minute check to examine the most common causes of MOT failure could save owners money and help avoid the inconvenience of failure and re-tests after any faults have been rectified."


Most Common MOT Failures:

Component Total Item Failure
Lights 271,567
Tyres and Wheels 155,489
Drivers View  120,095
Brakes 110,327
Steering and Suspension 99,798
Fuel & Emissions 23,634
Reg Plates & VIN 19,047
Seat Belts 11,271
Others 11,115
Bodywork or Structure 7,705
Road Wheels 5,746
Drive System 656
Driving Controls 183


Check out CarsandGarages video on 'What to Check before your MOT' for tips to help your car pass. 

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