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Drivers spending hundreds to achieve MOT pass

Drivers spending hundreds to achieve MOT pass

MOT, News
MOT failures are costing British drivers hundreds of pounds to fix – and get their cars back on the road. Motorists in the UK say they pay an average of £272 to correct faults that have been discovered on their cars during an MOT. With the price of an MOT capped at £54.85, this means motorists whose cars fail the first time round are hit in the pocket for an extra £326.85 A survey for the Good Garage Scheme - www.goodgaragescheme.com- shows British drivers are clueless when it comes to making sure their cars are roadworthy. Government figures show 30% of all MOT fails relate to lightbulbs, 10% relate to tyres and 8.5% relate to the driver’s view of the road, including issues with mirrors, wipers and washers. But over a quarter (27%) of drivers have no idea how to test th
MOT failures drop after stricter rules implemented

MOT failures drop after stricter rules implemented

MOT, News
Car MOT failure rates have fallen (rather than risen) since new, more stringent MOT rules came into force on 20th May 2018. This unexpected finding was revealed on analysis of DVLA data obtained by car buying comparison website Motorway.co.uk, through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. The request, submitted to the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in October 2018, asked for the total number of MOT tests, fail and pass rates, every month since January 2017. The data was obtained to see if tougher rules had increased failure rates, but actually revealed the opposite. Across June, July and August 2018 – the months following the shake-up in MOT rules - the average failure rate was 34.1%, compared to 34.5% between January 2017 and April 2018 (preceding the changes).
MOT “outdated and should be scrapped” says UK Think Tank

MOT “outdated and should be scrapped” says UK Think Tank

MOT, News
A new report by a UK think tank suggests that the MOT should be scrapped, as it is outdated and not relevant to today’s safer vehicles. The Adam Smith Institute believes that the opportunity to reform the test has been missed, and therefore drivers should not be subject to the cost of ensuring their vehicle is safe every 12 months. It is calling on the UK Government to consider scrapping the procedure. “As vehicle technology increases, annual safety inspections are rendered more and more useless,” states the report. “While the MOT has remained essentially unchanged for half a century, improvements in vehicle safety technology mean traffic fatalities have dropped to just 57% of what they were a decade ago.” Additionally, the report states that mechanical failure accounts for ju
Could ‘unscrupulous’ garages take advantage of new MOT rules?

Could ‘unscrupulous’ garages take advantage of new MOT rules?

MOT, News
Vehicle ownership and maintenance portal MotorEasy believes that new MOT rules could allow some unscrupulous garages to ‘hold drivers to ransom’. Under the new Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) rules, faults found during an MOT are classified as either dangerous, major or minor, with official guidance suggesting that major faults should be repaired immediately and that cars with dangerous faults should not be driven at all until the problem has been fixed. This could mean that some motorists who don’t fully understand their rights may feel trapped into getting repairs done at the workshop where the MOT was carried out, with this also used as leverage by garages to charge over the odds. Garages have no power to stop motorists from driving their car away, regardless of
Alignment checks should be an MOT essential for ADAS vehicles

Alignment checks should be an MOT essential for ADAS vehicles

MOT, News, Wheel and body Alignment
Absolute Alignment, suppliers of OEM-approved Bluetooth and 3D wheel alignment equipment, champions Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) best practice – recommending that four-wheel alignment checks should now be part of the standard MOT for any ADAS-equipped vehicle. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems have been around for some time now – including lane change warnings, adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking and brake control. ADAS sensors rely on correct rear thrust angle, hence four-wheel alignment is now an even more important factor in road safety as a millimetric misalignment can result in ADAS errors. The public impression has traditionally been ‘the steering took a knock so the tracking should be checked’ but with ADAS it goes deeper than that. If any part of a vehicle
Updated emissions analyser from Snap-on

Updated emissions analyser from Snap-on

MOT, Products
As of 20 May your emissions analyser must be updated so that it includes the required specifications for Euro 6 standards. With this in mind, Snap-on is now supplying its DGA5000 emissions testing system – which includes the wireless DSS 10 petrol and diesel smoke meter – with the updates included as standard. This means that workshops buying a new analyser from Snap-on can do so safe in the knowledge that their purchase will have everything they require to get them ready for the new regulations coming into force. Existing DGA5000 units already in operation need a software update in order to carry the new specifications so Snap-on is supporting those customers by helping them through the process with step-by-step instructions and further telephone assistance if required. Re
Episode 3 – Matters of Testing

Episode 3 – Matters of Testing

MOT, Podcast
While the 'Beast from the East' hasn't stopped us recording, a cold certainly did a fortnight ago! The entire team has suffered and it is impossible to record without a voice. But we are back! This episode focuses on the MOT, changes that are coming up and the benefits of the 3-1-1 system which, thankfully, is to remain in place. Phil Curry and Lee Johnson present, with all the latest aftermarket news too.
March expected to be the busiest month ever for MOTs

March expected to be the busiest month ever for MOTs

MOT, News
New analysis released by Kwik Fit reveals that this coming month is set to break MOT records. March 2018 will see the largest number of MOTs carried out in any single month since the introduction of twice-yearly registrations in 1999. This peak comes because the new month sees cars, which were newly registered in March 2015, requiring their first MOT. 492,774 new cars were registered three years ago, the largest monthly figure since August 1998 (the last year before the switch from one to two new registration plates per annum). As a result, this month will see the biggest monthly increase in three-year-old cars in almost two decades. It is not only the growth in three-year-old cars which is going to cause increased demand for MOT appointments this month. Kwik Fit’s analysis of 22
Prepare for the new MOT with Euro Car Parts

Prepare for the new MOT with Euro Car Parts

MOT, Products
  Euro Car Parts is advising MOT stations to invest in new emissions analysers, to ensure they comply with changing legislation. Investment in a new machine now will enable repairers to reap the rewards when the latest emissions standards are introduced in May 2018. The requirement will take effect from 20th May 2018 and, while many MOT stations can update their existing analysers to meet EURO 6 requirements, it won’t necessarily put them in the best position. The cost of an upgrade could instead be put towards a new analyser, with a peace of mind warranty and service plan. To help repairers meet the latest requirements and invest in their business, Euro Car Parts is offering a five-year peace of mind package on emissions analysers from Premier Diagnostics, Crypton, Bosch
Co-operation is key, first hand experience

Co-operation is key, first hand experience

Blogs, MOT
Last week I ran into a problem. My car failed its MOT on a rather big issue - it didn't have a catalytic converter fitted. I know straight away what you're thinking, and yes I did check - turns out what looked like the cat was just a fake box around a de-cat pipe, and the previous owner failed to mention this fact. Anyway, as we all know, that's illegal and not the kind of thing I like, plus needing an MOT, I had to think money. However, the garage I went to, which I've been to a lot since I moved to my area, only deals with OE exhaust parts, as they don't have the equipment to customise. No worries, I worked with them, they suggested I see about buying a third-party cat and they would fit. They even found a part number for me. It turned up, I went down there, thinking 'great, jo...