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The Dreaded MOT !

The Dreaded MOT !

We drop off our car and have the agonising wait to hear whether it’s passed or failed, it’s the situation every person owning a car that’s more than 3 years old has to put themselves through.  Spring is the busiest time for MOT’s, this March 3.62 million vehicles headed for an MOT and 830,619 of those cars failed.  So we take a look at the cars most likely to pass, what the MOT testers are looking for and the most common reasons our cars are failing …..

The mot test

In the test many areas of your car will be tested including:

  • Lighting and signalling equipment
  • Steering and suspension
  • Brakes
  • Tyres and wheels
  • Seat belts
  • Exhaust, fuel and emissions
  • Drivers view of the road
  • Warning lights

Be warned all you diesel drivers because as of February this year you will be facing an additional check – diesel cars have been fitted with a diesel particulate filter which aims to reduce emissions by 80%.  The problem is, the filter can become blocked, particularly on cars that only make short journeys.  The filters can be cleaned for around £30, but instead many garages have been illegally removing the filters …… oh dear….. the government caught on and are now checking all filters are in place or you will fail your MOT, if yours has been removed you have no option but to get another one fitted and fast !

You can check the status of your vehicles MOT online here !

WhatCar? Believe failures are costing motorists around £500,000 on failures so let’s take a look at the 5 most common failures:

  1. Worn out tyres
  2. Car excessively dirty or full of rubbish
  3. Number plate damaged/dirty or displaying the incorrect font or spacing
  4. Drivers view is obscured
  5. Warning lights on the dashboard

Most of these failures could be avoided so get checking and save yourself from the dreaded phone call to tell you your car has failed, there are some simple things you can do – Check your lights and renew any broken bulbs, check your tyres have the required 1.6 mm depth, fill up your screen wash and check your wipers clear the screen !  While you’re there check for any chips and cracks that could be obscuring the drivers view.  Give your horn a good beep to check its working, us polite Brits are never fond of giving the horn a good blast but now is the time !  And lastly give it a good clean as an MOT tester can refuse to test your vehicle if they believe it to be too dirty ….imagine the shame if you are turned away because you have been driving around in filth ….

So which cars are the most likely to get you through your MOT ?  Anything British built !  In a report by Honest John the Honda Jazz came out on top with a 90% pass rate whereas the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso came out bottom of the list with only a 63% first time pass rate. If you want to see how your car will be expected to perform have a look here !  If you’re living in Romford you can be quite confident as the drivers here enjoy a 71% pass rate but watch out if you are in Dundee as there is only a 49% pass rate here !

If your MOT is due – Good luck !

The comments above do not necessarily reflect Rivervale's views unless clearly stated.

Car related news
13 May 2014
Written by Rivervale
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