In the UK, 28 million cars appear for the MOT in the year 2015 and 38% of those vehicles failed in the test in the first attempt. According a recent report released by the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency), about 50% of these MOT failures could have been easily avoided had those vehicle owners performed some basic maintenance checks before arriving for the test.
Checks You Should Perform Before The Test
Any local garage which is also a reliable MOT centre can perform pre-MOT checks on your vehicle and fix simple issues right out before the test day. The DVSA is also making efforts to make motorists aware of some of the most common reasons of MOT fails that include worn tyres, faulty lights and signalling, damaged wipers, etc.
About 30% of MOT fails is caused by faulty lightbulbs alone. And 8.5% failures is a result of unclear driver’s view of the road which can be easily avoided by ensuring the washer is working properly and wiper is not worn out or damaged. One in ten MOT test failures are because of damaged tyres. In short, you can reduce the risk of MOT failure by 50% if you do these quick checks on your fleet before taking it to the MOT centre.
Motorists who ensure good maintenance to their vehicle throughout the year will pass the MOT in initial attempt and save themselves a retest fee or a huge repair bill. In addition,well-maintained vehicles also contribute to the safety of the drivers, passengers and the passer-bys.
Prepare Your Vehicle For Mot Testing
Scheduled preventive maintenance helps keep your vehicle in roadworthy condition in 365 days of the year. Full car services offered by established garages in the UK typically cover comprehensive maintenance which includes all the checks of MOT testing procedure.
It will be wrong approach if you wait for MOT test date to determine if your vehicle needs maintenance. After all, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive during any time of the year. Performing several basic checks such as inspecting the lights and signalling, fluids, seat belts, mirrors and tires will help your four-wheel stay legal and safe, while reducing your vehicle’s failure rate in the MOT.
Your car’s annual maintenance schedule can be divided into two main categories: scheduled checks and routine checks. The frequency of these checks depends largely on how much the vehicle is used. Routine checks are the ones that you need to do before every tour such as checking coolant, washer fluid, brake fluid, lightbulbs and tyre pressure.
And scheduled checks that usually include brake test and other core mechanical checks are performed as per your service plan. When executed in timely manner, all these checks contribute to increased performance, improved fuel economy and improved safety quotient of your vehicle. What’s more, such preventive maintenance will help you save a large sum on repair bills.
Save Mot Retest Fee
If your car doesn’t pass the MOT, the MOT centre will provide you with a document mentioning all the reasons of failure in the test. You need to perform the required repair, book MOT retest and clear the test before you can legally drive the vehicle on the road again. However, there is a chance that your vehicle may get eligible for a free or partial retest fee.
In order to make your vehicle qualify for a free retest, you need to leave your vehicle for the required repairs at the same MOT centre and the retesting procedure should be completed within 10 days. And if you get your car repaired at any other garage but still manage to bring it back for MOT retest at the original MOT centre within 10 days, you may need to pay half fee only.
Perform all basic maintenance checks before the due date of MOT testing and avoid retest fee and all the hassles that come along it.