An MOT may be one of the most nerve-wracking moments of the year for motorists, especially now with the raging cost of living crisis. With that in mind, experts at Moneyboat have revealed the top five most common MOT fails and their costs so that drivers know what they’re dealing with.
Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment
Lamps, reflectors and other electrical equipment that is not working were the most common reason for an MOT failure.
Figures show that just under 19 percent of vehicles fail due to the reason outlined above.
Kamran Saleem from MotorServ UK warned drivers that to fix the issues motorists may have to spend as little as £3 for a new bulb or as much as £1,500 if the electrical issue is more severe.
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Dorry Potter, an expert at National Scrap Car, told Express.co.uk that drivers can prevent MOT failure by simply turning all the lights on and walking around the car.
Motorists can also ask family members to check if their brake lights are in order.
The second most common reason for an MOT failure is suspension. Figures show that 13 percent of vehicles fail the annual test due to suspension damage.
Mr Kamran stressed that suspensions can be very expensive to fix, setting drivers back by as much as £2,000.
While there is no easy fix, experts advise drivers to avoid potholes and be careful when driving over high kerbs to prevent any costly damage.
Brake issues account for 10 percent of MOT failures, according to the RAC. They can also be quite expensive to repair with experts estimating that drivers will have to fork out as much as £750.
Motorists may prevent brake damage by avoiding heaving braking, not overpacking the car, having brake fluid flushed regularly, and by doing general inspections.
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Tyres can also be very expensive to repair or replace. Some 7.7 percent of vehicles fail their annual test due to inadequate tyres.
Drivers can expect to pay around £100 per decent tyre, meaning that if all tyres have to be replaced, motorists will have to fork out £400.
However, there are ways to prevent tyre damage and these include: checking tyre pressure regularly, checking for punctures and checking the tread.
While it may be the least common reason for an MOT failure out of all issues above, it is the most expensive.
If an entire windscreen has to be replaced due to cracks and chips, motorists will have to spend between £180 and £2,000.
The price will depend on the car model and make. According to the RAC, just over seven percent of cars fail their MOTs due to visibility issues.
Experts are advising drivers that as soon as they see a crack or a chip on their windscreen, they should visit their local garage to avoid extensive costs.