Two in every five cars are failing their MOT each year, with associated repair bills costing British drivers around £2billion annually, research By Allianz Your Cover Insurance has revealed.

Since last year the annual vehicle inspection has expanded to include the vast array of electronic technologies now available on modern cars, with failures occurring for reasons as simple as crucial dashboard warning lights being illuminated.

Other new aspects of the test include inspecting tyre pressure monitoring systems and ensuring external door handles work.

However, the research highlighted that a staggering 80 per cent of drivers are unaware of the new rules. 14 per cent claim they had no idea why their car failed its MOT – despite the fact they are presented with a printout after the test detailing faults.

Allianz’s research also highlighted the top five causes for MOT failure. In first place was damaged tyres – a problem with a relatively simple and inexpensive remedy – causing 28 per cent of failures.

Problems with the exhaust accounted for 17 per cent rejections, with a similar number being denied a ticket due to worn windscreen wiper blades.

Astonishingly, 22 per cent of drivers take their car for an MOT with either faulty head or brake lights, which would result in an immediate failure.

Despite three quarters of motorists agreeing that an annual MOT is essential for keeping drivers safe, many rely on it to highlight problems with their cars, with only a quarter carrying out checks in between.

Even more worryingly, nearly half (43 per cent) of drivers have ignored an advisory warning after their MOT, increasing the potential for expensive repair bills and a dangerous accident.

?Jon Lott, Head of Direct Insurance of Allianz Your Cover Insurance said: “Relying only on an annual inspection of the vehicle could put lives at risk, particularly when it comes to the condition of tyres and lights.

“An MOT is just a snapshot of a vehicle’s roadworthiness on the day it goes for a test. Motorists should have an all year round attitude to keeping their vehicle well maintained because often if you leave a repair job it will only cost more in the long run, and that can include the cost of a second MOT.

“Whilst an MOT means safety checks have been made on your vehicle it doesn’t cover everything. From our research we know that 10 per cent of motorists pay a mechanic to look over their car ahead of their MOT, which can save costs in the long run.”?

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Daljinder Nagra


September 18, 2013