THOUSANDS of nearly new cars are likely to fail an MoT — long before the test is legally required, official figures suggest.
Seven per cent of one-year-old motors checked early did not pass, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency said.
The rate rises to nine per cent in two-year-old cars and 13 per cent after another year. Cars do not need an MoT until three.
But a few, especially taxis or high-mileage company cars, are tested early for peace of mind.
Jessica Pott of BookMyGarage.com, said: “Many drivers assume that young vehicles will be safe to drive and immune from defects.
“However, three years is plenty of time for a car to develop a potentially dangerous fault. It’s extremely common for tyres, brakes, suspension components, light bulbs, windscreens and other components to require replacement within this timeframe.
“It’s crucial drivers regularly inspect key components, such as tyres and lights, and maintain their car in accordance with the manufacturer’s service schedule, regardless of age, to ensure it’s always safe to drive and to avoid risking large fines and penalty points.