Top 10: The most-common MoT failure points

There are few less satisfying elements to car ownership than failing your MoT test. If your car is properly maintained and in good condition, the current MoT shouldn't pose too many problems. But sometimes all it takes is a little neglect, or lack of preparation, to see your pride and joy fall at the first hurdle.

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And taking a look at the top 10 reasons for failing the MoT test, many, many of those failed MoT tests are eminently avoidable. Not only that, but they are cheaply and easily fixed. Take five minutes out to read the failure list, and ask yourself this - when did you last make the basic checks to avoid these failure points? If it was more than a month ago, you know what to do.

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Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment - 17.8% failure rate

If you've ever been driving along at night and found yourself with a light out, then you'll know how important lights are - both to see and be seen by other road users. 

Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment is the biggest failure with 4.5m vehicles caught out each year. Perhaps not a huge surprise as so many modern cars make it difficult to perform even the most basic maintenance work on the driveway. But failures can even be on less vital lights, like those for the rear numberplate - though we've covered that further along this list.

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