Common Causes of MOT Failure and How to Avoid Them

Failing the MOT test is not only inconvenient, but it also means you legally cannot drive the vehicle until the relevant issues are fixed.

Aside from disrupting your daily routine, MOT failure can cause you unnecessary stress and could even affect the resale value of your car.

That’s why it helps to prepare your vehicle ahead of the test to ensure it is in roadworthy condition.

What are the Most Common Causes of MOT Failure?

If you have an issue with any of the following aspects of your vehicle, then you might fail an upcoming MOT test:

  • Lights
  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Tyres
  • Driver’s visibility
  • Exhaust
  • Steering
  • Seat belts
  • Body
  • Wheels

Ensuring these are in good condition is essential for a successful MOT test. We always recommend completing a pre-MOT check before your inspection if you have any concerns.

How to Avoid MOT Failure

To give your car the best chance of passing its MOT, it is essential that you regularly carry out checks of your vehicle’s condition.

Make sure your lights and indicators are working correctly, and have any faulty bulbs replaced right away.

If your tyres are worn out, improperly inflated or damaged in any way, you should get them inspected at a local garage as soon as possible.

Ensure that your windscreen washers, wipers, mirrors and horn are all working as expected, and that your screen wash levels are topped up before the test.

Test your car’s brakes for reduced performance and listen for any strange sounds that could indicate something needs to be replaced.

Your registration plates also need to be clean and visible for the test.

Is Your Car Ready for its MOT Test?

If you’re worried about your vehicle passing its MOT first time, we recommend visually checking key areas such as your lights, brakes and tyres to ensure they’re in good condition. If you have any worries, book an appointment at our Otterbourne garage for a professional inspection.

We can identify and fix potential issues that could lead to MOT failure, saving you time and money in the long run.