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Half a million wasted on first MOT failsBack

MOTTestResearch by What Car? has revealed that the Britain’s motorists waste half a million pounds on first MOT test fails.

Leading online car buyer’s guide, What Car? recently conducted a survey which reveals some of the silly reasons why cars fail their first MOT test.

Every year, motorists cost themselves almost £500,000 when their car fails its initial MOT test and most of the time this can be for the most ridiculous reasons such as failing to clear out clutter from the car or having stickers plastered on the windscreen which obscure a driver’s view of the road.

Research by What Car? shows that nearly 4 per cent of the 285,236 MOT test failures recorded between August 2012 and August 2013 were on cars having their first initial test – failures which they say could have been avoided.

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Some of the reasons behind the failures included 4600 cars which were without a safe level of screen wash, 2852 cars which failed because they were dirty and full of clutter, whilst 800 failures were down to warning lights on the dashboard that drivers had ignored.

With the average MOT test currently costing £45, the 10,753 cars which initially failed their first MOT test amounts to £483,885 wasted by UK motorists.

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. Further reasons include registration plate anomaly, stickers on the windscreen which block the driver’s view and warning lights which have been ignored on the dash.

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.”

For further information and advice on how to pass your MOT first time or to book an MOT on our website click here.

Posted by Leana Kell on 19/03/2014