As the law stands at the moment, your car doesn’t need an MOT until it’s three years old. But some recent research by Which? suggests that the new car you’ve just bought might not be quite as fault free as you’d like to think.
Here at Big Motoring World we pride ourselves on the quality of the used cars we sell, but of course we know that many people still like to buy their cars fresh out of the new car showroom. The research we’ve seen suggests that this might not always be a sure-fire route to reliability.
The research by Which? looked at the reliability performance of new cars under three years old – all before that first important MOT. One of the most alarming findings was that 3 per cent of those with new cars reported issues with their mechanical braking systems – faults that are, as you can imagine, pretty serious in terms of driver and passenger safety. All of the issues that were reported involved disc brakes – the kinds of faults that will crop up in older cars from time to time, but that owners of new cars might not be expecting.
Which? have warned drivers to keep an eye out for symptoms of this kind of problem in new cars – anything from pulling, grinding noises or longer brake times – and to get them checked if they have any doubts. In addition to the braking issues, there were also a number of other faults that cropped up, including suspension problems that could also be potentially dangerous, especially at high speeds.
The report also highlighted severe problems with emissions control technology – with around 5 per cent of cars less than three years old reporting problems. Other issues included sat nav issues in around 4 per cent of new cars and faulty batteries in 3 per cent.
All in all, the research is a timely reminder that it’s always worth regularly checking and servicing your car, no matter how