The most common MOT failures revealed

A Volkswagen Passat CC car is tested for its exhaust emissions, at a MOT (Ministry of Transport) testing station in Walthamstow north east London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday 40 September 2015. See PA story  Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Did your car pass its last MOT? There's a good chance it didn't – MOT failure rates in 2016 were at 36.8 per cent. And now, new research has revealed the most common reasons for cars to fail.

A study of over 19 million MOT records was compiled by service comparison site, and found the causes of failure for vehicles. It found that an incredible 27.6 per cent of MOT failures in 2016 were caused by faulty lamps and reflectors. That's over five million cars in a single year.

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Second place was suspension, causing 18.4 per cent of fails. Such a crucial component being compromised is certainly worrying, as are brakes in third place – with 15 per cent of fails caused by faulty stoppers. Meanwhile, tyres caused 11.4 per cent of failures.

An impressive 10.6 per cent of failures were because of the driver having an improper view of the road – something that can usually be easily remedied prior to an MoT, as it's often caused by dashcams, stickers, or other obstructive items blocking the driver's eyeline.

Scott Hamilton, managing director of, commented: "Motorists could be saving hundreds of pounds if they make simple vehicle checks before an MOT, to spot any faults.

"Our research shows that yet again, the main failure categories are lighting and signalling, including faults such as failed bulbs and misaligned headlights; brakes; tyre damage, as well as tyre wear; drivers view of the road, including windscreen damage, windscreen wiper faults, windscreen washer not working and missing, or faulty mirrors.

"Most of these faults can be picked up by a simple walk-around inspection of the car and can save money and improve the chance of the vehicle passing first time."

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