There is nothing worse than going to pick your car up from an MOT centre only to discover it has failed. That would almost certainly mean you have to pay a premium to the company for the required repairs. To help save you a lot of money, we’ve taken the time to list the three most common failure points.

The good news is that you can easily avoid them if you know about the issues ahead of time. We hope that educating you about these failure points will mean your car always passes the first time in the future. Don’t worry if you haven’t got much experience in car maintenance. We’re going to keep things as simple as possible to ensure everyone benefits from this article.

Tyre Tread Depth

If one or more of your tyres have seen better days, it is unlikely that your vehicle will satisfy the MOT tester. The UK minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, and so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find out if you are pushing the limit. Presuming your tyres are very low, it makes sense to get some replacements before you visit the test centre. Most people are unaware of the fact that you don’t need to buy new tyres to stay legal. You can get part-worn products from most relevant firms for half the price. Sure, they’re not going to last as long, but they will get your vehicle through the MOT.


Window Wipers

The driver’s view of the road is crucial. Over time, window wipers can become damaged or deteriorate. When that happens, they stop clearing the windscreen properly in poor weather conditions. Around 10% of all cars that underwent an MOT in the UK last year failed due to that cause.

Thankfully, replacing your window wipers is not complicated, and you can get new blades for less than £20. So, that is something you should always sort out before taking your car for the test.

Brake Lights

Inadequate brake lights are often a prime cause of MOT failures. Other road users need to know when you plan to slow down, and so the mechanics will take the issue seriously. If your lights aren’t working properly, there could be lots of problems. With a bit of luck, you’ll just need to purchase and fit some new bulbs. However, you’re going to need the right tools to do that, and so most people leave it to the professionals.

Even so, having a go yourself could help you to save lots of cash. In the most extreme instances, there could be something wrong with your electrics. Presuming that is the case with your vehicle, it could be time to use that manufacturers warranty.

Now you know more about common MOT failure points and how to avoid them, keeping you car on the road should become a little more cheap this year. Just remember that learning some basic mechanical skills could help you immensely. There is no point paying someone £10 an hour to perform a job that you could do at home.