MOT Failure Costs Motorists Dear

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MOT failure is costing hard-pressed UK motorists an estimated £1.44 billion according to a new report. Failed vehicles now need an average of £143 spent on them in repairs before they finally pass the Ministry of Transport Test, almost double the £82 it cost on average 18 months ago. The high price of keeping a car roadworthy has been calculated by Halfords Autocentres in a comprehensive survey* which revealed over 11 million drivers are not prepared for the annual MOT test.

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Failed vehicles now need an average of £143 spent on them in repairs before they finally pass the Ministry of Transport Test, almost double the £82 it cost on average 18 months ago.

MOT failure is costing hard-pressed UK motorists an estimated £1.44 billion according to a new report. Failed vehicles now need an average of £143 spent on them in repairs before they finally pass the Ministry of Transport Test, almost double the £82 it cost on average 18 months ago. The high price of keeping a car roadworthy has been calculated by Halfords Autocentres in a comprehensive survey* which revealed over 11 million drivers are not prepared for the annual MOT test (http://www.halfordsautocentres.com/MOT/).

A quarter of owners (23%) confessed they just “keep their fingers crossed” and hope that their car will pass, while nearly one in five (18%) say they “give a cursory glance around the car” before putting their vehicle in for the test.

The trusting to luck method does not seem to be working as 40 per cent of vehicles failed the MOT in 2011**, up from 37% in 2009 – an additional 930,000 vehicles.

Many motorists also appear to panic when their MOT reminder notice arrives with 38% of drivers admitting they leave booking their car in for the test until the last minute.

Rory Carlin, Marketing Director of Halfords Autocentres said: “These figures show that many motorists feeling the financial squeeze have cut back on necessary repairs but it’s a false economy to wait for the MOT and hope the car will pass.

“Most failures stem from not checking the simplest things which regular servicing would take care of. Problems that could have been sorted out relatively cheaply beforehand can become bigger and much more expensive problems if they are not attended to.“

Lights and signaling are the biggest cause of MOT failure according to Vosa*** (31%), followed by tyres (20%), windscreen and visibility problems (16%), car brakes (12%), steering (3%), exhaust and fuel (3%).

Scotland was by far the worst for failures according to Halfords research, which analysed a nationwide pass list using official Department of Transport figures. The top 13 places for vehicles not coming up the required standard were in Scotland with Dundee the worst, followed by Motherwell.

Towns in Yorkshire and the North East occupied five of the next worst seven places while the highest pass rate for vehicles was in Essex, where towns had five of the top six slots.

Halfords Autocentres – which performs over 25,000 MOTs each month - has launched an informative online guide to help motorists prepare for the MOT available on http://www.halfordsautocentres.com and hosted a video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/halfordsautocentre giving advice and simple tips.

Rory Carlin added: “We want to help motorists help themselves and avoid unnecessary MOT failures. Failures happen because a vehicle has not been prepared properly.”

March is one of the biggest times of the year for MOTs with around 28% more tests being carried out than in an average month as it coincides with the new vehicle registration.

Notes to editors:

  •     31,258,197 cars are registered by DVLA. Of these, 6,089,224 are less than three years old, leaving 25,168,975 requiring an MOT (Source: SMMT Motor Industry Facts 2011).
  •     The cost of failure was calculated by looking at the average invoice value for vehicles visiting Halfords Autocentres for an MOT in the 12 months to January 2012. This value excluded service and MOT fees but included spend on items including clutch, brakes, steering & suspension, electrics, tyres, balancing & alignment, exhausts, extra items, cambelts, aircon.
  •     * Online survey carried out by OnePoll for Halfords Autocentres, February 2012
  •     ** Source: Vosa
  •     *** Source: Vosa data, via http://www.motresults.com

About Halfords Autocentres
With over 250 centres nationwide, Halfords Autocentres is the UK’s leading independent car servicing (http://www.halfordsautocentres.com/car-servicing/), repair, tyre and MOT network. Now part of the Halfords group, our name may be new, but our centres have been a feature of the towns and cities of Britain for a decade or more.

Halfords Autocentres provides dealership quality work at affordable prices to around 650,000 customers every year, with over 8 out of 10 saying that they would recommend us to a friend. Our expert service is backed with both a quality and price guarantee: work is guaranteed for 12 months or 12,000 miles, and we promise to match any price quoted locally like for like. See website for terms and conditions.

http://www.halfordsautocentres.com

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