A new study has revealed the most common reasons that it could be a thumbs down for your MOT this winter – with lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment among the top problems.
It comes after insurance broker One Sure Insurance analysed data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to determine the most common reasons for MOT failures among class 4 vehicles (cars, vans, motorhomes and other small vehicles) in the October-December quarter.
That analysis proved that drivers should be especially vigilant when monitoring their car at this time of year, as almost a third of cars fail their winter MOT.
What are the most common MOT failure issues?
- Faults in lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment, which comprised over a quarter of total defects found at 26.1 per cent.
- Faulty or broken suspension systems, which encompassed almost a fifth (19.2 per cent) of defects.
- Brake failures, accounting for 15.9 per cent of defects and observed in 6.9 per cent of tests.
- Tyre failures, making up 12.3 per cent of defects and present in 6.4 per cent of tests.
- Visibility issues, which includes anything blocking the windscreen or the driver’s eyeline. These made up 7.9 per cent of total defects.
- Damage to the vehicle’s body, chassis and structure, which includes the frame, interior and bumpers.
- Noise, emissions and leaks.
- Issues with the steering wheel and steering system components.
- Faults with seat belts and supplementary restraints, such as airbags.
- Identification of the vehicle, such as license plates and vehicle ID numbers.
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