MOT failure rate at nearly 37 per cent ‘despite main issues being simple and cheap to fix’

MOT failure rate at nearly 37 per cent ‘despite main issues being simple and cheap to fix’

FAULTS that caused most of a near-37 per cent of MOT failures last year were lighting and signalling issues, suspensions and brakes, according to a car warranty provider.

Warranty Direct, which analysed MOT and vehicle testing data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and claims on more than 40,000 of its own policies, said the most common MOT issues were easy and cheap to sort.

Lighting and signalling defects were the most common reasons for the 36.8 per cent of MOT failures in class three and four vehicles including cars and vans, causing 19 per cent of all failures.

Electrical faults, which include lighting and signalling issues, also made up nearly 20 per cent of all Warranty Direct’s authorised claims. According to the company, the vehicle makes that experienced the most electrical issues last year were as follows:

Warranty Direct MOT failures July 2017


It said that although electrical improvements in newer cars may enhance performance and safety, they could also cause more failures because of the complex nature of parts. However, many smaller electrical faults could be avoided by owners carrying out consistent maintenance tasks more regularly between MOTs.

Indicator, tail and brake lights can be fitted for as little as £5 each, for example, it said, adding that it was ‘concerning that many British motorists willingly take risks and drive vehicles with dangerous faults on the roads when many of these issues are easily detectable and cheap to fix’.

The second-most common cause for MOT failures was suspension faults, which accounted for 13 per cent of tests where defects were found. Axle and suspension issues were another major source of claims for Warranty Direct.

Braking systems were the third biggest reason for cars not passing MOTs, making up 10 per cent of all failure rates. On average, Warranty Direct paid £369.15 for authorised claims against braking systems.

The Department for Transport reported that 1,131 accidents were caused by defective vehicles in 2015, of which nearly a third were caused by unsafe brakes (364).

Warranty Direct chief executive Simon Ackers said: ‘The most recent high MOT failure rates are of significant concern. The results indicate a large proportion of drivers are not taking the necessary safety measures when it comes to their vehicles. These costs could also be avoided with the purchase of an extended warranty, which covers failures to insured vehicle parts that are found during a service or MOT test.’

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