All vehicles over three years are required by law to have an MOT. Everyone says MOT but have you ever wondered what MOT stands for? It stands for Ministry of Transport Test. You have to have a valid MOT certificate to have your car on the road, and you need the certificate to be able to tax your vehicle.

Makes sense that all cars are roadworthy, even though you might think it is a hassle and an extra cost to have an MOT done, it will save you a lot of time and hassle in the long run. It is dangerous and illegal to drive a car with an MOT for you, your passengers and for other drivers.

If your vehicle passes its MOT and there are minor issues. You will be given advisory notices too. We highly recommend that you get the minor issues fixed as soon as you can. As often when these issues are not dealt they can lead to more issues with your vehicle. In the long run, they will cost you more money to fix. We all know the saying; ‘better to be safe than sorry’.

There have been some changes to the MOT test since May 2018. This is a complete list of the new checks that are now required by law.

  • Reversing lights on vehicles first used from September 2009
  • Daytime running lights on vehicles first used from March 2018
  • Front fog lights on vehicles first used from March 2018
  • Prop shafts
  • Bumper security and condition
  • Rear drive shafts on all vehicles
  • Cab security
  • Cab steps
  • Floor condition
  • Undertray security
  • Noise suppression material
  • Emission control equipment
  • Engine malfunction indicator lamp
  • Fluid leaks posing an environmental risk

Most Common MOT Failures

Everyone wants their vehicle to pass its MOT. No one wants the hassle of having to get their car fixed and then going back to have it checked again. Let’s have a look at the most common MOT failures. Maybe you can avoid them?

  • Suspension 24%
  • Bulb 19%
  • Brakes 17%
  • Tyres 13%
  • Windscreen wipers/washer 11%
  • Exhaust 5%
  • Drive shaft 3%
  • Engine diagnostics 3%
  • Indicator 3%
  • Lamp alignment/assembly 2%
  • Number plate 1%

Vehicles Exempt From MOT

There are some vehicles that are exempt from MOT.

  • Goods vehicles powered by electricity
  • Tractors
  • Historic ‘Classic’ Vehicles – A vehicle registered or manufactured 40 years ago and which has not been substantially changed in the last 30 years.

According to research by Servicing Stop it seems like Audi is in the lead when it comes to passing its MOT! 86% of Audi passed the first time. BMW follows closely behind with an 86% success rate.

Chevrolets had with a one in four chance of MOT failure at 26%. Chevrolet vehicles seemed to fail the MOT tests because of issues with lighting bulbs.

It seems that suspension issues are the most common reason for MOT failure across all makes of car. Surprisingly Jaguar models failed 33% of MOT tests because of their suspensions.

It is important to know when your MOT is going to expire as you can be prosecuted for driving without an MOT. Stay safe and roadworthy by booking your MOT test in good time.

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