CARS IN Britain are failing 1.5 million more MOT tests than they should, according to new research.
Drivers are not keeping on top of defective – but easily replaceable – consumables like light bulbs, windscreen wiper blades and engine oil.
Aftermarket warranty provider Warranty Direct has said that basic maintenance by car owners could “slash” the number of recorded MOT failures.
Cracks in number plates, badly worn or damaged tyres and even an empty tank of screenwash all rank among the most common reasons for MOT failures, or even refusals to test, and all could be prevented by simple at-home maintenance.
The current national MOT failure rate is 39.52%, while the maximum price a garage can legally charge is £54.85.
Warranty Direct managing director, David Gerrans, said: “It never ceases to am...