Shock as 27 per cent of motorists admit to driving without a valid MOT

Servicing Stop reveals how naive drivers are avoiding the annual test

Shock as 27 per cent of motorists admit to driving without a valid MOT
Servicing Stop, asks more than 1,100 motorists how long they go without an MOT test before renewing their certificate.

More than a quarter of UK motorists says they have driven their vehicle without a valid MOT, according to the results of a survey of more than 1,100 motorists conducted by online car service provider, Servicing Stop.

Nine per cent of motorists will drive for an extra week without renewing their certificate, a further six per cent will drive for a month while five per cent of motorists will carry on for up to six months without renewing their MOT.

Others admitted driving for more than two years without a valid MOT.

When it comes to servicing, just six per cent said their cars are always serviced, just under half said they wait a year between services while more than a quarter said they do so every two years or more.

MOT data

Servicing Stop also analysed the data behind a random selection of 29,790 MOTs carried out by the company since the start of 2017 and it appears there isn’t much to fear at all.

The results show that more than 80 per cent of cars passed their MOTs first time round.

Audi was the most successful brand boasting an 86 per cent success rate followed by BMW with 85 per cent.

At the other end of the scale, drivers of Chevrolet vehicles potentially have reason to worry as they were found to have a one in four chance of MOT failure.

Across all brands, suspension issues are the most common reason for MOT failure.

The company also discovered which models are most likely to pass an MOT and those likely to fail.

The Audi A1 struck lucky as best performer followed by the Mercedes-Benz E Class and the Audi TT.

The Toyota Prius also made an appearance in the top five alongside the Skoda Octavia while the worst performing models included the Peugeot 308, Fiat Grande Punto and the Citroen C4 in last place.

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