More cars are failing their annual MOT test thanks to impoverished car owners cutting back on repair costs in an attempt to save cash.
MOT failure rates rose to a record 37 percent for cars and small vans last year, with most vehicles failing on simple elements such as tyres, lights, brakes and suspension, parts that all need replacing periodically regardless of the reliability of the vehicle.
The Retail Motor Industry Federation pointed out how the recession has impacted on the road worthiness of our nation's cars, and also said it shows just how important the annual MOT test is.
"People are running to a strict budget and getting pressures everywhere with the price of fuel rising as it has, you are having to absorb that extra cost," said RMI MOT chairman John Ball.
"It adds to the cost of running the car, you think where can you make economies, so drivers may ignore rattles when they shouldn't.
"Given it is a small cost, relative to the expense of running an average car, the MOT remains a real bargain, saving countless lives and injuries," he said.