Time for our latest MOT horror stories blog, showing you that just when you think you’ve seen it all there’s always something worse out there.
We’re lucky to have well trained and hard working MOT testers keeping us safe from these latest horrors.
Here’s the latest selection.
All shook up
Alan, one of our ‘horror stories’ fans, sent us this picture of a 2005 Toyota Landcruiser that came in for a "Quick MOT" before the owner set off on a trip with his caravan in tow.
The chassis mounting point for his nearside rear trailing arm had completely rotted away and the back axle was floating about.
The owner said it felt a little odd on acceleration.
Needless to say, the caravan holiday was cancelled and the Landcruiser was scrapped.
Keith’s garage in East Sussex dug up this little marvel of an Audi rear spring.
Or most of it.
This car’s suspension was badly damaged and needed to be fixed before the car was driven again.
Not to mention it was incredibly dangerous….
It’s great that Keith spotted this and put it right.
Hanging on without a thread?
A customer brought this Audi A4 for a bit of work into Ben’s garage for them to find the lower mounting bolt about to fall out. Work had recently been carried out in a nearby area as well, so surprising it wasn’t spotted!
Imagine what might have happened if the garage hadn’t sorted it out when it did.
Tied in knots
John sent us this picture of a seat belt nicely tied together.
That’ll do it.
No, it won’t. Seatbelts are meant to be in one piece and actually work.
And the knot looks pretty ropy anyway.
There would be no restraint for the person on the seat in the event of an accident. Having a fire extinguisher nearby won’t help either.
Time to get it replaced.
You do great work!
It’s great that most motorists keep their cars safe to drive and would never think this kind of activity was ok.
A big thank you to all the MOT testers who sent in these pictures and stories.
If you’ve tested a downright dangerous rust bucket or outrageous vehicle failure, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org along with:
- some large and clear photos of the defect (‘landscape’ way round)
- a brief description of what you found and what could have happened if the issues not been sorted out
We’ll include the very worst ones in our next MOT horror stories blog post.