The average cost of putting a car right after a failed MOT is £326.85 with 30 per cent of failures down to faulty lights, new research has found.
Motorists pay out an average of £272 for the repairs, amounting to a total cost of £326.85 when the £54.85 testing fee is taken into account.
Government figures show 30 per cent of all MOT failures relate to lightbulbs, ten per cent are for tyres and 8.5 per cent for drivers’ view of the road, including issues with mirrors, wipers and washers.
A survey of 2,000 motorists conducted by the Good Garage Scheme found 27 per cent of drivers don’t know how to check their tyre pressure, 29 per cent can’t pump a tyre up and 50 per cent are unable to change a wheel.
Owners struggle to cover bills
Of those surveyed, 43 per cent said they had owned a car that failed its MOT, while 46 per cent have struggled to find the money to pay the repair bill.
It also found that 26 per cent can’t check their oil or top it up and 39 per cent don’t know how to refill the engine’s anti-freeze or coolant.
Some 73 per cent aren’t aware that their car may automatically fail if the fuel reserve light is on as the garage won’t be able to test emissions properly.
Respondents in Liverpool paid the most for their MOTs with an average of £441.38, while at the other end of the scale, those in Belfast were only charged £78.17.
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