30th May, 2023
An MOT – or a Ministry of Transport test – is an essential part of road safety and driving in general here in the UK, and it has been since 1960. It ensures that your car is safe and roadworthy — like an annual physical exam, but for your vehicle.
Right now, you must legally get an MOT for your car by the third anniversary of its registration – or by the anniversary of its last MOT, if your car is over three years old.
Booking in for an MOT can be a stressful time for many. No-one likes the idea of waiting to hear whether your car needs repairs, or even worse, how much it’s going to cost. New research shows that during the last five years, over half of British motorists failed their MOT. And now, the cause of these failures has been revealed. Here at Scrap Car Network, we’ve laid out these problem areas and how to counteract them, so you can go into your next MOT confident and stress free.
Tyres are the defect most likely to result in a failed MOT. Damaged, worn or otherwise unsuitable tyres account for a shocking 12.2% of all MOT failures. That’s more than one in 10 vehicles.
Here’s how to avoid this happening to you:
Faulty brakes are the second mostly likely issue to be mentioned during your MOT. According to Birmingham Live, 7.9% of cars fail because of faulty brakes.
Here’s what to look out for:
Overly worn or damaged suspension systems will also cause your car to fail the MOT test. Research cited in Birmingham Live states that 7% of all failures are a result of defective suspension. And that’s no surprise, with the AA stating that the number of pothole-related breakdowns they attend daily has risen by 29% since the same month last year.
There are a few tell-tale signs that your suspension may need checking out by a qualified mechanic. These include:
If your car is presenting any of these faults, then it’s best to take it to a garage and have the problem seen before any damage worsens. It’s important to get any of the problems discussed above rectified before you take your car in for its MOT test, or you risk failing.
If you fail and your car is deemed ‘dangerous’ by an MOT test, you will not legally be able to drive it anywhere until it’s been fixed – even if that’s just home from your MOT test. The consequences include fines of up to £2,500, being banned from driving altogether, or 3 penalty points. All easily avoided by keeping your eye on your car, and looking out for any abnormalities! If you get them fixed within good time, the chances are the damages will be minimal.
However, if your vehicle has too many faults to fix, or it fails its MOT test and the damages cost more than you’re willing to pay, the best solution might be to scrap your car.
And that’s where we can help right here at Scrap Car Network! Our super quick collection service is painless and easy to arrange, plus it saves you figuring out how to get your car to a scrap yard – a task which can be especially tricky if your car has just failed its MOT.
All you have to do is enter your car reg and postcode into the fields on our site, and we’ll get you your instant scrap car quote. From there, we’ll be in touch to find out where and when you want your car to be picked up from. We’ll finalise the payment upon collection, and that’s all there is to it! So if you’re thinking ‘it’s time to scrap my car’ you’re in the right place!