Monday 27th June 2016
Car MoT Be Wiser

It comes around once a year, you book your car in for a MoT and hope it passes! Interestingly, it may be that your postcode could be a determining factor as to whether you’ll pass with flying colour or need to make a few adjustments.

Paul Hudson, The Telegraph, reports:

We reveal the 10 places with the worst MoT test failure rates - and the 10 places where cars are more likely to pass.

Car owners in Dundee have the highest MoT failure rate in the UK, while the Isle of man has the best pass rate for the mandatory roadworthiness check.

Research conducted by car management website Automyze into more than one million MoT records of UK-registered vehicles and found that more than half of cars in Dundee (53.5 per cent) failed their last MoT roadworthiness - most for obvious and easily preventable faults such as tyres, headlights and indicators.

Seven out of 20 towns and cities with the highest MoT failure rates were in Scotland, with almost half of cars in Aberdeen and Perth failing their last MoT.

The research also revealed that four out of the five UK towns and cities with the lowest MoT pass rates were in the West Country; with cars in Truro (51.5pc), Plymouth (51.3pc), Exeter (50.5pc) and Bath (49.5pc) failing their last statutory roadworthiness check.

By contrast, the Isle of Man has the highest MoT pass rate in the UK with 71.8 per cent of vehicles passing the test at the first attempt

The research revealed that 18 out of the 20 towns and cities with the lowest MoT failure rates were in the south-east of England, including London with a failure rate of 38.7 per cent.                     

Lucy Burnford, the director of Automyze, said: “There could be a number of reasons why MoT failure rates are higher in Dundee, from the length of time people own their cars to the types of vehicle they own.

“However, some basic checks could bring failure rates down and save both time and money. There are multiple reasons why vehicles fail their MoT but the most common are tyres, headlights and indicators, which can be so easily fixed before the statutory roadworthiness test.

“Ahead of your vehicle’s MoT, it’s always worth doing some simple checks to ensure anything straightforward like filling up the screenwash can be fixed in advance of your test.

“Also, make sure you have addressed any previous ‘advisories’ – that’s the maintenance work recommended by the garage during the car’s previous MoT.”

Regardless of where you live, it’s important to regularly maintain your vehicle throughout the year and not wait for the MoT date to come around before you take action. Regular servicing and maintenance will ultimately save you money in the long run, so it’s definitely worth investing in.  

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