Taking a vehicle into a dealership or car garage can be a daunting experience for many drivers, not least when it comes to your annual MOT. While some cars will pass without any issues, for others it’s a different story with MOT fails resulting in drivers forking out hundreds of pounds in repair costs.
The winter can be a particularly challenging time for drivers with plummeting temperatures and treacherous road conditions making car maintenance all the more difficult. To help Brits look after their vehicles during the worst of the weather conditions, we’ve taken a deep dive into Department for Transport data. By doing this we’ve been able to unearth the most common reasons cars fail winter MOTs and the locations where MOT failures are most likely to happen.
Our in-depth analysis of more than 20.2 million car MOT tests across winter 2020 and winter 2021, has revealed:
- On average there are 2 million failed MOT tests each winter
- 1 in 5 (20%) vehicles fail their MOT during the winter months
- Tread depth is the most common reason cars fail their MOT
- Cars are most likely to fail their MOT in Kirkcaldy, Dundee & Truro and least likely to fail their MOT in Enfield, East London & South East London in the winter
While failures can be caused by countless factors, the good news is there are preventative measures people can take to reduce the risk of their car failing its MOT.