Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Don't You Be an MoT Failure

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Don't You Be an MoT Failure

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Byline: By STEVE HUGHES

OWNERS of cars that are three years old or more can end up paying twice as much as they need for the annual MoT due to lack of forward planning, says a new survey.

Mail order company Car Parts Direct carried out a survey that reveals an unnecessary rate of failures due to a lack of preparation by owners .

The company says that garages demand work to be carried out that might not have to be if the owner had followed a few simple procedures.

It means additional business for the garage, with women being 12% more likely to fall into the trap than men, according to the research.

The annual MoT is now pounds 50 but if the vehicle fails and the deadline for rectification work is missed then a further pounds 50 must be paid.

According to the Vehicle and Operator Service Agency, which is the Government body responsible for overseeing MoT centres, a third of vehicles failed their MoT test last year.

A third failed due to their brakes, steering or suspension.

Car Parts Direct spokesman Mark Cornwall says half of all motorists can avoid the need for an MoT re-test by following simple procedures. The company carries a checklist on its website to explain to motorists how to pass their MoT first time, with the top 10 tips to avoid the need for any unnecessary work. …

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