MOT test repair bills cost an average of £143 per vehicle as repairs are needed for faults highlighted during the annual test. Motorists are often forced to pay the costly bills or face their car being banned from the road.
The data comes after one-fifth of motorists have revealed they were late for their MOT test because they could not afford upgrades to their car.
However, DVSA experts urge motorists to never put off car repairs on the grounds of road safety and have put together tips to ensure your vehicle stays up to date on repairs while saving money.
Start saving early
The DVSA has set MOT test prices at a maximum of £55 meaning no garage can charge more than this to conduct an annual check.
However, tough new MOT legislation saw one-third of cars fail last year with thousands found to carry “dangerous” faults.
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A total of 47 percent assumed if their car passes the MOT test they would not need their car checked for another year.
While an MOT does mean the car is road-legal during this period it does not necessarily mean the car is completely safe to drive.
This is because issues could develop throughout the year which could require urgent updates.
Driving a car with a minor fault could soon worsen the damage and this could leave you with a higher repair bill if car parts become broken.
DVSA experts say faults will be picked up at a car service and doing this between your MOT tests could help to spread the cost of repairs throughout the year.
Regular servicing is also likely to make your car more fuel-efficient. Properly inflated tyres will also reduce fuel consumption which saves money.
Don’t put off car updates
Cars can still pass an MOT test if they have recorded a minor fault or advisory update but motorists should never ignore these completely.
DVSA chiefs urge road users to discuss conducting minor repairs with their garage or mechanic as soon as possible.
Updating a fault before it becomes worse is advised and will often mean motorists can save money in the long run.
The DVSA says an advisory fault for low tyre tread will be cheaper to replace than if the issues are left.
Purchasing a cheap set of tyres between £80 and £150 will be more cost-effective than paying out for emergency repairs when a tyre breaks.