We have all been there, do we get those brake pads or go out for the day or skip the car service this year. Well, this approach could cost you more should your car fail at its annual MOT.
It is estimated by the government that the average car owner has to pay around £272 after each MOT in order to get it to pass. This is on top of the average MOT price of £50.
Whether you are a car owner or an MOT garage owner, practicing or promoting proper vehicle maintenance can help save people money AND build a good customer base that trust you and your advice.
Basic maintenance is the responsibility of the vehicle owner, however, if you are a garage owner, you should promote the following regular checks.
Check your bulbs
Most modern cars come with a warning indicator when a bulb blows but don’t take this for granted. Only 2 lights on a vehicle enable you to drive, the rest indicate to other drivers what you are going to do as a driver. Therefore, every bulb is an essential bulb! Not only for your own safety, but for those of others as well. 40% of MOT failures are though failed bulbs!
Ensure your car’s handbrake holds the car still. To do this, when safe to do so, find a steep hill and park up facing downhill. Then, put the car in neutral and pull up the handbrake. Once ready, take your foot off the foot brake. If the car stays still, the handbrake is good enough. If the car rolls, take it to the garage.
Check brake fluid
Low brake fluid will cause considerable difficulty in the event you have to brake harshly. If you are involved in an accident where your car did not stop in time due to lack of brake fluid, it is likely you will be at fault if not part at fault.
Check your Tyres
Bald tyres are illegal for a reason, that reason is through their inability to stop the vehicle or maintain the control of the vehicle at speed or in the need to stop. Check the depth of your tread regularly. If they are low, change them.
Check the Windscreen
Chips may get through a MOT if they are only small but chips will turn to cracks and a cracked windscreen won’t pass an MOT. If you have a chipped or cracked windscreen, either have it replaced or a chip filled. This can usually be done through your insurance.
Replace wiper blades
Wiper blades are essential to the effective removal of water from the windscreen in wet conditions. Wiper blades are a small expense to keep a clear vision on the road.
Although a central mirror is considered un-essential, your side mirrors are. If you have a missing or damage side mirror, get it replaced quickly.
Failing an MOT is often a surprise!
Cars are often essential to our way of life, as such, when they fail, it is often followed by great expense that could have been easily avoided. A survey by whocanfixmycar.com suggested that over half of all drivers would consider taking on debt in order to keep their can on the road.
If a car fails its MOT through something major, the car may not be driven and should the driver consider driving it, they run the risk of a £2500 fine and potentially banned from driving.
If you are a garage owner and you pre-warn drivers of aspects that can cause a fail before the MOT, they will thank you for it. It is always better to pay out for a vehicle on your terms as opposed to a failed MOT’s terms.
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Let people know!
If you believe in looking after your customer with a little maintenance guidance, let people know. With a world that lives on social media, make sure you put it out there that you are prepared to help and customers will come to use you.