Motorists are wasting nearly £1 to 2 million a year on small MoT test failures that could easily be prevented according to a report.
The research, which was released by WhatCar.com in March, has unearthed that many drivers are being failed because of just having a messy motor or stickers on the windscreen.
Figures state that 4 percent of the 285,236 MoT test failures (recorded between August 2012 and August 2013) were on cars that were going through their first MoT and should have passed easily. Nearly five thousand cars failed because owners had not topped up the screen-wash, and nearly three thousand failed due to the car being dirty and full of clutter.
Tom’s MoT quick-fix tips:
Make sure you do not get caught out on your next MoT by following some of Tom’s preparatory tips.
Clean up your act: This report proved that a messy car is more likely to fail an MOT. Get your motor clean and clutter free before your test. Although it may not affect the actual condition of the car, it could affect the opinion of the person examining your motor.
Remove stickers from the windows: It may seem trivial, but having stickers on the window is seen to be a hazard (as it blocks your view) and a reason for an examiner to fail your car. Get rid of the reason to fail by getting rid of the stickers.
Check the windscreen for chips and cracks: Any damage in the driver’s view should be no larger than 10mm and no damage at all should be larger than 40mm.
Windscreen wipers? Your wipers should clean the screen effectively and must be smooth to touch with no rugged areas.
Check your lights:Grab a friend and get them to sit inside the car whilst you walk around checking every light. You must check 6 different types: the front, rear, headlights and dipped, hazards and indicators. If you cannot get them to work then it is simple to buy a new bulb for very cheap and fit it yourself. Look at your user manual if there is any confusion at all.
Are your tyres safe? Pressure of your tyres can be checked at any petrol station. It is also important to check the tyre tread. This means the depth of the grooves in the tyres that are responsible for gripping the road. The legal limit is 1.6mm for a car tyre. You can use a 20p coin to check this. Put a 20p coin on its edge into the tyre tread. The outer rim of the coin should be hidden, if you can see it, get them checked by a professional.
Check the suspension: Apply your weight to each corner of the car and then release. It should quickly settle back into place.
Can you read your registration plates? Make sure the plates easily legible from the legal limit of 20 metres away.
Are all fluids topped up? Check the brake fluid, windscreen washer and oil reserves. This will be explained in the owner’s manual if you are not sure where to start.