Regular servicing and limiting your mileage, not your make and model, are the deciding factors in MOT failures, according to new data from Nationwide Autocentre.
Nationwide Autocentre, the UK's largest MOT test provider, has drawn this conclusion after analysing its own MOT data.
Among its findings are that:- 20 per cent less cars fail when serviced regularly- more miles in a short space of time will increase the chance of MOT failure- the cost of rectifying a failure item reduces when vehicles are serviced regularly by around 37 per cent
“If you run your car into the ground, it’ll cost you more,” said commercial director Mark Taylor. “The Megane is relatively cheap to fix – the average bill is just £176, but the stats show servicing reduces the chances and the cost of failing its MOT.”
Renault pointed out that the Megane was the best-selling car in its segment, with a lot of sales to company fleets: “It’s unfortunate the DfT data doesn’t take the effect of higher mileages into account as there are a multitude of reasons why a car can fail that relate to use and maintenance."