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MOT repair costs increase

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A new survey has revealed UK motorists are estimated to be paying £1.44 billion on MOT failures each year.

A vehicle that fails its MOT test needs on average £143 spent on it in order for it to pass its MOT according to Halfords Autocentre Survey.

The results from the survey showed that 23% of people admitted they just ‘kept their figures crossed’ in the hope their vehicle would pass. 18% said they ‘give a cursory glance around the car’ before putting their vehicle in for its test. Owners also revealed they leave booking their test until the last minute with 38% admitting to doing so.

The most common cause of a vehicle according to VOSA is a failing light and signalling on a vehicle, closely followed by tyres, windscreen, car brakes, steering and the least common cause of a failure is exhaust and fuel problems.

More vehicles are failing MOT tests with 40% of vehicles failing the test in 2011 compared to 2009 when 37% failed, showing a slight increase. March is said to be the busiest time for vehicle MOT tests with 28% more tests being carried out compared to other months.

 Rory Carlin, Marketing Director of Halfords Autocentres said: “These figures show that many motorists feeling the financial squeeze have cut back on necessary repairs but it’s a false economy to wait for the MOT and hope the car will pass.

“Most failures stem from not checking the simplest things which regular servicing would take care of, problems that could have been sorted out relatively cheaply beforehand can become bigger and much more expensive problems if they are not attended to.

“We want to help motorists help themselves and avoid unnecessary MOT failures. Failures happen because a vehicle has not been prepared properly.”

Recently we wrote a blog on MOT testing named Failed Mot? Can I drive my vehicle? Click the link to read.

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By Amanda Bainbridge