Lincoln motorists paying more than national average to ensure their car passes MOT
Lincoln motorists are paying 45 per cent more than average on essential repairs to get their cars through an MOT, a study by Halfords Autocentres has revealed.
Between January 2012 and January this year, there were 746 instances of steering or suspension damage as a result of potholes identified during Halfords MOTs.
The UK average spend on rectifying faults is just over £72 per vehicle but the figure in Lincoln is far greater – with as much as £106 of work being required before vehicles receive their annual roadworthiness certificate.
Rory Carlin, from Halfords Autocentres, said: "The cost of motoring today means that motorists should seize every opportunity to reduce their bills.
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"A simple five minute check to identify the most common causes of MOT failure and sort out simple jobs before they worsen can save money by avoiding bigger bills in the long run as well as the inconvenience of an MOT failure and a re-test."
Faulty headlights, tail lights and indicators are the biggest causes of failure according to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency – with inadequate brakes, worn or damaged tyres and obscured vision caused by chipped or cracked windscreens and mirrors also regular faults.
"Government figures show that the MOT failure rate is rising annually but a significant number of these failures could be avoided," added Mr Carlin.
"It's also worth remembering that an MOT is an annual legal requirement but for greater peace of mind as well as safety, checking essentials such as brakes and tyres should be done far more frequently."