The new MOT testing criteria is now in place and the additional testing criteria could increase the risk of failure.
Approximately 50 new checks are to be incorporated into the test which includes inspecting a series of dashboard warning lights telling drivers if there is a problem with their airbags, tyre pressures, power steering and main headlight beam. Power steering will be subject to inspection with the MOT demanding a minimum level of fluid. Anti lock brakes and electronic stability control systems will also be checked.
An AA spokesman said “the test is being brought in to make sure that all new technology works properly, it means if you buy a nearly new car you will have to double check that all the warning lights are working properly, or you could be left with a hefty bill. The upside is that if you buy a car with an MOT you will know that these things have been tested properly.”
Managing Director of Insurance and Warranty Specialist MB&G, David McPhee said “motorists should remember that having a full service history will greatly increase the value of their car or van, while keeping them safe and legal on the road and enabling them to budget for the future without fear of those unpleasant, unplanned financial surprises.”