Every year, every car made after 1960 is tested to make sure it is safe to drive. For most cars, MOT testing is a vital but mostly simple matter of checking to make sure all of the basic features of your car work and your car is safe to drive on the road. Plenty of newer drivers are caught out, with the most recent data the DVLA has published showing that over three-tenths (31.7 per cent) of cars fail the first time they are tested. Many of the most common faults are fixes that do not take a long time to sort out, and almost a third of these fails become passes after a quick partial retest. Finding the right garage that will offer a complete MOT near you is important to making the test as straightforward as possible. Here are some of the most common MOT failures and how you can fix them.  

Lighting And Signalling

Lights are the biggest cause of failures with MOT tests, with almost a fifth (18.9 per cent) of all failures happening because of lights. Thankfully you can emulate the test yourself before you go to the garage. Check for blown bulbs, make sure your indicators flash and your brake lights turn on.  


Suspension issues are exceptionally common, with 13 per cent of all MOT failures caused by damage to your system. Depending on your car it can sometimes be difficult to tell for sure, but if your car is making strange noises when you corner or does not sit level when you are parked, it might be that you have a suspension issue.  


Concerningly, a tenth of all failures are caused by faulty brake systems, but since these faults are often very obvious, it can be easy to tell when you have an issue. Squealing and grinding noises are signs your brake pads are fading, and if your car pulls to one side under braking there may be a more localised issue. Don’t forget your handbrake as well.