Seven MOT Blunders

Kwik-Fit has today revealed the seven blunders of the MOT world.  Indeed, motorists will be shocked to learn that more than half of MOT failures concern just seven common parts.

The company’s research showed that the seven most common MOT ‘fails’ account for 55% of all failures (see table below).  And, while motorists have been coming to Kwik-Fit for repairs, their brakes, tyres and exhausts for over 30 years, many might be amazed to learn that nowadays they can fix all seven. Indeed, Kwik-Fit even has a solution for chipped windscreens and can supply and fit new registration plates.

Top seven areas for MOT failures
Rank Failure Likely reasons %
1 Tyres Illegal tread or damage 13
2 Brakes Unsafe brake wear 11
3 Windscreens Chip or crack in line of vision 8
4 Headlamps Blown bulbs or headlights not aligned correctly 7
5 Registration plates Number plate cracked or obscured 6
6 Suspension Shock absorbers dangerously worn or corroded 5
7 Exhaust system Exhaust or catalytic converter overly corroded 5

Significantly, many of the top seven failure codes are also safety related and are particularly relevant as we head towards winter. Even a misaligned headlamp bulb can cause danger if it temporarily blinds oncoming drivers.

Of course, prevention is better than the cure and motorists can also give their car a bit more TLC by having it regularly serviced at their local Kwik-Fit centre.

David White, customer services director at Kwik-Fit, commented:
“People might be surprised to see that so many cars fail an MOT due to such a small number of problems.  Kwik Fit are already market leaders for tyres, brakes,  exhausts and MOTs and it’s great that we can now help out motorists even more.

“Of course, we’re also now the UK’s largest car servicing chain, so those that want to keep their car tip top all year round can also benefit from our amazing servicing deals.”

Motorists can also save money by having their MOT at Kwik-Fit, with its winning MOT price. Indeed, despite Vosa recently increasing the RRP of an MOT by 5%, Kwik-Fit is pledging to freeze its credit crunch busting offer of £39.95 online – representing an incredible saving of £13.15 - 25% below the new Vosa RRP of £53.10.   Better still; an MOT is only £20 when booked with a service.

1 October 2008 Staff

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