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Simple Things Your Car May Fail Its MOT On

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The blog this week is about the top 5 simple things that could mean your Volvo or Toyota will fail its MOT. You may think ‘Why do they matter?’ or
“It does not affect the car” However rules are rules and they need to be adhered to. So, before you book your Volvo or Toyota in for its MOT check over your car yourself to help reduce the probability of it failing on a simple item! Read on to find out more:

On average nearly 2 in 5 cars will fail the MOT the first time, often through minor issues that you, the car owner, could action before bringing your car for the MOT Test. This will save you time and possibly money in the long run if you give your Volvo or Toyota the once over first.

Top Tip:

Be wary of places that offer very cheap MOT’s. An MOT should take approximately an hour to complete. VOSA has set the maximum charge at £54.85. How can a garage pay its overheads if they charge only say, £20/£25 for the MOT? It does not make financial sense.

Good independent garages will include wiper blade changes (labour cost not parts) etc FOC in this fee but garages that charge cheap prices will charge for every minute they spend doing minor things to recoup their costs/overheads so beware of enticing cheap MOT’s – if it seems to good to be true it usually is!

According to research carried out by WhatCar? Magazine in 2014 the top five simple reasons a car failed its MOT were:

  1. Screen wash not topped up. This basic task takes minutes to do so check before you take your Volvo or Toyota for its MOT
  2. The car was dirty or full of clutter. Clean the windows and de clutter the interior and boot.
  3. A registration plate problem. This is normally when incorrect type face and/or spacing is being used – especially for personalised
    plates! Also if the numberplate is dirty or in fact missing your Volvo or Toyota will fail.
  4. Stickers on the windscreen blocking the driver’s view. These need to be outside of the wiper blade sweep area.
  5. Lit-up warning light on the dashboard. Any warning lights on the dashboard will result in a fail – ensure that you action any warning
    lights prior to taking your Volvo or Toyota for its MOT.

So, as you can see – these 5 simple reasons for MOT failure can easily be rectified – or better still, avoided in the first instance. Happy Safe Motoring Folks!

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