Most drivers (58%) get stressed out about putting their car through its MOT, according to research.
The cost of potential repairs needed to pass the test cause the most sleepless nights – 22%, while a fifth were concerned about being ripped-off over repairs.
The research, commissioned by Gocompare Car Insurance, also revealed 13% of drivers can’t remember when their car is due for its MOT.
Worryingly, 10% of those surveyed said that as part of the Government’s lockdown measures last year, they received an automatic six-month MOT extension, and they now don’t know when their next MOT is due. The automatic six-month MOT extension only applied to MOT tests due between 30 March 2020 and 31 July 2020 – so the extended MOT certificates expired on 31 January 2021.
A minority (8%) of drivers surveyed said they were also worried about the COVID risks from taking their car for its next MOT.
Cars more than three years old require an annual MOT test to ensure they are roadworthy, safe to drive and meet environmental standards. If a car fails its MOT test, it must be repaired to conform to the standards.
Basic checks carried out as part of a MOT, such as checking the screen wash is topped-up, the wiper blades are in good repair, and the depth of tread on tyres are very basic. The research showed that most drivers will perform some basic checks prior to their MOT to help give their car the best chance of passing first time.
|Driver checks carried out before vehicle’s MOT test||%|
|Checking the tyre tread and pressure is correct||43|
|Ensuring the car is not showing any warning lights on the dashboard.||42|
|Ensuring all the lights work, replacing light bulbs, as necessary.||42|
|Checking that the tyre tread and pressure are correct.||41|
|Making sure the screen wash is topped-up.||40|
|Ensuring the car’s windscreen is in good condition (no chips or cracks).||39|
|Clean the car, including windows and mirrors.||36|
|Ensuring wing mirrors are secure and intact.||35|
|Ensuring the registration plate is clean.||35|
However, 27% of drivers surveyed said they don’t do anything to prepare their car for its MOT test.
As part of its series of offers to support customers and help them better protect the things that are important to them, GoCompare customers purchasing car insurance before 15 June 2021 will be eligible to receive an MOT test for £10 voucher – which must be booked by 30 June 2021 – a saving of around £44 off the full price.