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Will my car fail its MOT for a crack in the windscreen that in no way affecfs visibility?

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3y, 8m agoPosted 3 years, 8 months ago
My aging Golf has a crack in the windscreen that runs from top to bottom on the passenger side. Its been there since before the last MOT. Would such as Kwik Fit fail it because of this? The driver's visiblity is not affected whatsoever.
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3y, 8m agoPosted 3 years, 8 months ago
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#1
Can't answer your query though you might like to check the following. Click on the interactive map shown to find your nearest test centre.

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-mot
#3
Quik fit-would fail a car for having 4 wheels! I highly wouldn't recommend taking a car there to be MOT'd.
Like dealers, They tend to be on the keen side of failing things, so i'd find a local trustworthy garage.
My local Quik-fit broke my bonnet release and left out loads of screws when i took my car there to have its brakes done.

As for a crack, as far as i know - it will only fail if its deemed to weaken the windscreen (providing its outside the drivers vision) so it really depends on where and how big the crack is.
#4
A crack from top to bottom anywhere is definitely a fail!
#5
You've been driving with a crack for a whole year? You are brave
#6
All I can say is mine failed on a 4 inch crack on the passenger side.
#7
It should fail due to the weakened screen, safety issue. How did it even crack that much?
#8
Any crack or blemish bigger then a five pence piece which is in a place that the wipers cover is a definite fail.
#9
I would expect that to fail myself. Passenger side or not that is a pretty big issue.
#10
I think anything larger than 10mm in the drivers line of sight (Zone A) will fail an MOT. Anything larger than 40mm in Zone B i.e. the rest of the area the wipers cover that is not driver's line of sight will also fail. So I think by the sound of it yours will fail and should have been failed at the previous MOT too

You could always take it back to the same garage and keep your fingers crossed, but its only a matter of time before you are driving home in the pouring rain and the screen will give in. You're best off getting it sorted
#11
You say it has been there since before the last Mot , is that right ? If so then that answers your question really :D , so take it back to the same place. Although it may of been wrongly overlooked the last time .
#12
Yeah, it was definitely there before the last MOT. They said that because it wasn't in the driver's eye line, it was ok.
Its quite a big crack. It starts from the side of the windscreen at the passenger side, about half way up, comes in a little and then goes towards the bottom. Like I said, its hardly got bigger at all in the last year.

Think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and get it fixed. Thanks for all your responses
#13
Windscreens are covered on most Insurance Policies, you will no doubt have to pay the first £50 /£75.
#14
Don't you lose a years no claims if you claim on insurance?
#15
craigwhitlow
Don't you lose a years no claims if you claim on insurance?


Not for windscreens.
#16
118luke
Quik fit-would fail a car for having 4 wheels! I highly wouldn't recommend taking a car there to be MOT'd.
Like dealers, They tend to be on the keen side of failing things, so i'd find a local trustworthy garage.
My local Quik-fit broke my bonnet release and left out loads of screws when i took my car there to have its brakes done.

As for a crack, as far as i know - it will only fail if its deemed to weaken the windscreen (providing its outside the drivers vision) so it really depends on where and how big the crack is.

I foolishly went to Kwik-Fit because the test was cheap. I knew full well that it's reputation is not that great so when I failed and they told me all that was wrong with the car I didn't know whether to believe them or not. I've now declared SORN and bought a Haynes manual and will be attempting any repairs required myself (with slight trepidation) which will save a lot of money. Fortunately I can survive without a car for a while.
#17
my answer would be to talk to the mot inspector and tell them it happened on the way to get it tested and ask if they will pass it or not if its a no go elsewhere you will be suprised how many will let it go as long as you tell them that it will be done under the insurance and you will take to show them when its done as not all mot people are animals

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