With nearly a million more cars failing their MOT test in 2010 than three years ago, drivers can avoid the test fee, which amounts to almost £55, by registering at www.warrantydirect.co.uk/mot .
The number of cars failing their MOT increased by more than 2% over the last three years, to 40.6% in 2010. That equates to an extra 976,000 vehicles*. Coincidentally, three years is traditionally the age at which cars start displaying signs of wear and tear and typically leave the protective umbrella of a manufacturer warranty.
Cars registered at least 30 days before the third anniversary of their original registration date can then be booked into one of 550 Kwik Fit workshops for a free MOT. Even non-qualifying cars can receive 45 per cent off the MOT test fee.
If drivers take up the no-obligation quote for an extended warranty offered by Warranty Direct as part of the registration process, they will also get their MOT fees paid for every year for the life of the warranty.
Duncan McClure Fisher, managing director of Warranty Direct, said: “Three years of age is generally a landmark age for a car. In most cases, it stops being covered by the manufacturer’s warranty and things start going wrong and wearing out.
“With times being as tough as they are economically, the legal requirement of the MOT test is an additional burden on the household budget that we could all do without, although the test itself remains essential for road safety.”
In order to qualify for the free MOT fee offer, cars must be registered at least 30 days before the third anniversary of their original registration date and must also have an original manufacturer’s warranty that expires on or before the third anniversary.
Visit www.warrantydirect.co.uk/mot for more information, plus terms, conditions and exclusions.