Simple checks to cars and tyres could prevent 1.5 million annual MOT failures

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Carrying out simple car checks and basic maintenance could prevent 1.5 million annual MOT failures, according to Warranty Direct.

With a current national MOT failure rate of 39.52% and a government set maximum MOT price of £54.85 there has never been a better time to undertake some driveway DIY, research by the used vehicle warranty provider indicates.

Warranty Direct has compiled a list of simple jobs that can mean the difference between passing and failing an MOT, including changing light bulbs, replacing windscreen washer fluid and checking tyres.

David Gerrans, Warranty Direct managing director, explained: “It never ceases to amaze us how many MOT failures could be avoided with the simplest of pre-test checks. Things such as making sure there are no cracks in your number plate, your wheels and tyres are undamaged and ensuring there are no tears or holes in the windscreen wiper rubbers are all things the motorist can do at home, but if left to test day can be the cause of MOT failure.”

According to Warranty Direct, the top 10 things for a motorist to check before any impending MOT test are:

Ranking – Item To Check
1 Headlights and indicators
2 Brake lights
3 Number plate
4 Wheels and tyres
5 Seats and seatbelts
6 Windscreen
7 Windscreen wipers
8 Screenwash
9 Horn
10 Fuel and engine oil

Motorists who need new tyres are advised to have them fitted prior to the test in order to avoid the inconvenience and possible expense of a re-test. It can also save vehicle owners a lot of money, because they can find the lowest prices by checking online with etyres, in order to secure the best deal, rather than having to pay an inflated price to a garage in order to get back on the road as soon as possible.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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