Van drivers fork out £193m for MoT repairs

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Van drivers in the UK are forking out £193 million to pay for failed MOT test repairs.

Van drivers in the UK face a whopping £193 million repair bill to get their vehicle back on the road after it has failed its MoT test.

The research comes from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles who have unveiled a 10% discount on its ‘All-in’ van service package.

Their findings reveal that nearly 45% of vans, an average, between 3.0 and 3.5 tons are failing their MoT test every year.

1 in 3 LCV’s will also initially fail their test

They point out that around one in three light commercial vehicles will also initially fail their test.

And the average cost to repair an MoT failure is £143 – which adds up to an estimated bill of £193 million for the UK’s van drivers to meet.

The most common reasons for a van’s MoT failure are unsafe suspension, faulty brakes and damaged lights, according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Parts that can be maintained and checked

Volkswagen says that all of these are parts that can be maintained and checked during regular servicing.

Now the firm is offering two services -one minor, and one major – in its ‘All-in’ package, along with two years’ warranty, two years’ roadside assistance and two MoT tests.

They say that the package will save an average van driver £1,558 over the two-year period, compared with pay as you go costs.

‘Many vans are failing the MoT with simple maintenance issues’

VW’s head of after-sales, James Allitt, said: “The figures reveal many vans are failing the MoT with simple maintenance issues that would be picked up by regular servicing, and it’s leaving van drivers risking unwanted downtime and an unexpected repair bill to get back on the road.

“Our All-in package, which is now even more appealing with our winter discount, provides owners with complete peace of mind – all part of our ‘Working With You’ promise to take the strain out of van ownership and give our customers more time to focus on their businesses.”

For more details about the winter maintenance package, or to find a VW Can Centre, then visit their website.