As you may be aware that all cars more than three years old in the UK must pass a yearly MOT test unless the vehicle was made before 1960. The MOT is a simple test of roadworthiness. Listed below we have listed the top 5 things that have the highest percentage of failure when it comes to having your MOT.
1. Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical – 17.8%
It’s very easy to have a light bulb out and not know about it. You’ll also know how important lights are: both to see and be seen by other road users. Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment is the biggest failure with an average of 4.5 million vehicles caught out each year.
2. Suspension – 12.1%
You’ll see it often when drivers drive fast over road bumps. This is a huge reason why suspensions need replacing so quick. It’s important you pay attention to noises made by your car during everyday driving especially during cornering or when passing over bumpy roads.
3. Brakes – 9.5%
New cars usually come with an electric handbrake but of adjustment, handbrakes are a common occurrence. It’s not an easy fix if the cable is broken, although some cars are reasonably easy to adjust. If your handbrake is a high pull it usually means it needs tightening.
4. Condition of Tyres – 7.5%
Poor tyre condition is a huge failure when it comes to the MOT. This can be when the rubber is cracked, or the sidewalls have perished through age. It also includes cuts and slow punctures, or bulges through being heavily kerbed. Always good to keep your tires in the best condition and checked on servicing on a regular basis.
5.Driver’s view of the road – 6.8%
Usually, there are two parts to this failure. One being the worn wipers and second being cracks in the windscreen in the driver’s line of sight. Wipers are simple to replace where as windscreens can sometimes be repaired. Be careful though because a chip can easily turn into a crack, your insurance company will usually cover this as standard.
Contact our service department at NK Motors for us to carry out a Pre-MOT check to ensure you are advised about any areas before going ahead with your MOT test.