Motorists wasting MILLIONS on ‘easily avoidable’ MOT failures

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 11:00
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EASY: Millions of failed MOTs ‘avoidable’

‘Easy-to-spot’ vehicle issues caused a significant proportion of last year’s 8.1million MOT failures, new government figures have shown.

Data released by VOSA shows that a two-minute check could save motorists huge amounts of time and money.

Almost a fifth of MOT failure items could be avoided if motorists notified their garage before the annual roadworthiness test is carried out.

Simple-to-spot issues range from blown bulbs and worn tyres problems with windscreen wipers and low fluid levels.

More than 5,500 car dealers nationwide are uniting to help boost MOT pass rates, by setting out a simple series of checks for drivers.

Taking just a ‘Minute Or Two’, the 10-step checklist takes vehicle owners through a series of quick-and-easy checks.

By forewarning the dealership of any required work in advance of the MOT, motorists can give their vehicle the best chance of passing the test first time around.

Every car-maker in the UK is participating with technicians at manufacturer main dealerships ready and able to assist customers who might be unsure about carrying out the checks themselves.

The objective of the ‘Minute Or Two’ initiative is to reduce the number of easily-avoidable MOT failures by educating motorists.

With these simple checks, motorists can ensure that they are in the best possible position to pass the test, saving themselves time and money.

The full ‘Minute Or Two’ checklist can be viewed at, where visitors can also watch a video on carrying out the check and use a Garage Finder tool to locate their nearest dealer.

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