Four in five drivers are overpaying for maintenance work on their car, according to a new study.
Research has found that 81 per cent of drivers are paying twice for the same work by not booking their MOT and service together.
According to garage service MotorEasy, up to 85 per cent of a typical car’s scheduled service checks are covered by checks conducted by MOT testers but only 19 per cent of motorists have the two procedures carried out at the same time.
By avoiding the “double-dipping” of duplicate checks MotorEasy’s founder, Duncan McClure Fisher, says drivers could save themselves up to 40 per cent.
He comments: “We’re seeing the rise of the ‘Do It For Me’ generation. Time-poor consumers want to minimise the amount of time they spend at dealers and garages, without paying over the odds for it.
“One way to do this is to book your service and MOT together, as the garage will conduct all of the checks required to pass an MOT during the service. Not only will drivers be spared an extra visit to the garage, but they can also save money.”
However, he has also warned that only relying on an MOT can leave important checks incomplete as they aren’t part of the roadworthiness test.
Among these are a wheels-off brake inspection that checks brake pads and discs meet manufacturer specification not just minimum safety standards. Further examples are engine and gearbox oil checks, or similar inspections of the clutch and brake fluid levels. If any of these components fail due to a lack of oil or fluid, the repair bills could run to several thousand pounds, potentially writing-off the car.
Last year the MOT test changed, with new checks added and new pass and fail classifications.
Since May 2018, vehicles faults have been put into three categories – minor, major and dangerous. Cars with minor faults still pass the test but the fault is noted on the certificate. Major and dangerous faults are an immediate fail.
Diesel cars have also undergone tougher emissions tests and checks that their particulate filter systems haven’t been tampered with.
And the checklist includes several new items that must be looked for, including faulty headlight washers, under inflated tyres, brake fluid contamination and daytime running light function.