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September 2, 2019Cars Most Likely To Pass & Fail Their MOT First Time

According to the latest research, 47% of drivers say that their pet peeve is taking their car to be MOT’d – that’s nearly half of the UK’s road users. 

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It’s quite fair to say that MOTs are dreaded by a significant percentage of people, but we want to know, why? This month, Treadfirst will take a peek into car models that are more and less likely to fail their MOTs the first time around. Read on to see where your car lies in the statistics…

Cars likely to fail their first MOT

Hyundai – 19% 

Seat – 16% 

Mercedes – 13% 

Peugeot  – 13% 

BMW – 12%

Cars likely to pass their first MOT

Mini – 95% 

Lexus – 94%

Kia – 94%

Suzuki – 94%

Saab – 94%

You’re likely to fail your first MOT if: 

  • You have stickers or phone holders on the windscreen – Yes, you can fail your MOT if you have anything obstructing your windscreen. This becomes a blind spot and is dangerous – so as good practice, steer away from putting things on your windscreen altogether.
  • Your car isn’t up-to-date on repairs – There are so many parts to a car, there’s no surprise that we experience an MOT failure every now and then. That said, we all want to pass it and avoid failure, where possible. There are several things you should check to ensure your car passes. This includes:
  • Headlights and indicators 
  • Brake lights 
  • Number plates 
  • Wheels and tyres
  • Seats and seatbelts
  • Windscreen, windscreen wipers and screenwash 
  • Horn
  • Mirrors
  • Exhaust and emissions
  • Doors and openings
  • Bodywork
  • Steering
  • Fuel and engine oil
  • You do not follow up on your pre MOT car check repairs – Before you take your car to the garage for its MOT, it’s good to check that it’s up-to-date on repairs, as mentioned above. Should you realise that you have a headlight out, replace the bulb, your tyres look flat – inflate them. If your number plate is dirty, wipe it and check that your windscreen wipers are in full working order. 

Things you should know about your MOT

What happens during an MOT?
Your professional MOT tester will check the body of your car and its structure. They will also inspect its condition, checking that it’s free from excessive wear and tear – which could ultimately affect its performance. An MOT tester will also examine exhausts, seatbelts, seats, doors, windows, brakes, wheels, tyres, mirrors, lights, windscreen wipers, the horn, electrical components, steering and suspension.

Where should I get my MOT?
Ask your friends and family where they get their MOT done – referrals are always a good way to help you make your decision. Choose somewhere local, so it’s easy and straightforward. Speak with our professionals on the phone to receive an honest & unbeatable service.

How much does an MOT cost?
It all depends on the type of vehicle you own and its size. You can find maximum costs for an MOT here.

How long does an MOT take?
Generally, an MOT will take between 45 minutes to an hour – some people choose to wait for their vehicles to be serviced – depending on what the wait is like. If repairs are needed after the MOT, your wait will be longer (*MOT’s are by appointment only and small repairs may be carried out immediately but larger repairs may require another appointment).

What should I do if my car fails its MOT?
You will be advised not to drive your car until any dangerous faults have been repaired.

Do electric vehicles require an MOT?
Yes, your electric vehicle will need an MOT. Electric vehicles will have the same checks apart from the emissions section. 


Cars Most Likely To Pass & Fail Their MOT First Time

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