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Avoid MOT fails with straightforward upkeep

by Approved Garages | 29 Mar 2017

Government figures show approximately 50% of all faults found on MOTs may well be evaded by running simple car maintenance checks.

Avoidable car faults are becoming a danger to public safety. Approved Garages urge drivers to keep up with the straightforward checks for their motor vehicle, to ensure they are not driving a potentially dangerous vehicle.

Majority of MOT fails can be avoided by regular care, and checking things such as your tyre pressure, the windscreen wipers (do they leave a crystal-clear view, when used?), checking for unknown warning lights appearing on the dash board, topping up your screen wash, checking your headlight bulbs and so on can mean the difference between driving safely or having a vehicle that would fail its MOT and therefore it is dangerous to have on the road. These simple car maintenance checks can be done at intervals during the month and then fixed or taken care of if needs be.

According to Government research, last year nearly 1 in 5 cars taken for their MOT had problems with lighting and signalling, including really evasive problems such as blown bulbs. Over 75% of shortcomings that contributed to accidents were either braking or tyre issues.

This news comes as MOT Testers rush to ensure they are qualified to meet the new DVSA standards that come into force on 1st April 2017.


Maria McCullough, Garage Network Manager said:


“Motorists are urged by garages to frequently check for simple maintenance checks on their cars, because it could end up causing a serious accident or cost more money during the MOT. These checks could literally take you less than ten or fifteen minutes.

Things like topping up your car fluids, checking tyres and your seeing if the lights are working are things you should be checking before any long journey anyway. This is essential and motorists are encouraged to take their car to an Approved Garage if they are unsure of what they need to check for general maintenance.”


Approved Garages is an online garage finder

To give you complete peace of mind, and for trustworthy repair work and car maintenance checks, motorists can take their car to an Approved Garage or AutoCare Garage, and find an accredited professional and qualified MOT Tester for their car maintenance check. is an online garage finder, designed to help consumers find a vetted, reliable and trustworthy network of garages.


You can find your local Approved Garage by entering your post code or town to view a list of garages in your area here. With genuine customer reviews and no up-front fees to pay, you can book your car in online with confidence.

Quick steps to selecting your Approved Garage…


Firstly, pop in your postcode or town


Select a garage near your location


Speak to a trusted mechanic, send an online enquiry or book online


Then, sit back in the knowledge that your vehicle is in safe hands