Over a third of motorists fail their MOT by not making basic checks!

MOT figures show that the majority of failure items are down to the owner, rather than an inherent fault with the car. Take a look at our checklist to see which areas may need your attention!

As many as one third of the UK’s MOT failures could be avoided if drivers made the simplest and most basic checks to their car! Out of the 7.3 million MOT failures that were recorded in 2017, 2.5 million could have been avoided if drivers had checked their lights, brakes, tyres, suspension and windscreen before the test.

The number one cause of MOT failure in the UK is incorrect headlamp aim, with 976,569 failures. In second place is poor brake performance (921,534 failures) while broken registration plate lamps account for 912,246 failures. Faulty side lights and insufficient tyre tread complete the top five, while thousands more cars fail due to worn out windscreen wipers and missing screen wash.

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Top 10 MOT failure points:

1)            Incorrect headlight aim

2)            Poor brake performance

3)            Broke number plate light

4)            Defective side lights

5)            Insufficient tyre tread depth

6)            Worn-out windscreen wipers

7)            Faulty/not working brake lights

8)            Broken or corroded coil springs

9)            Headlight(s) not working/faulty

10)          Insufficient/no windscreen washer fluid


So if your car is due for an MOT be sure to check these top 10 areas as they could be the difference between a pass and a fail with most being simple to fix!


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