My car broke down a month after its MoT - should this have been picked up?

My Ford B-MAX was MoTd in May with two advisories for tyres and dust caps. It then broke down the first week July, the gearbox had a serious oil leak which I have been told should have been picked up on MoT. It needs new gear box and clutch. Can I do anything about this with the garage that passed my car?

Asked on 17 July 2023 by Sheena Turner

Answered by David Ross
You have the right to complain about an MoT if it has passed and you think it should have failed, but unfortunately the time limit for this is 28 days after the date of the MoT.

You can still contact the DVSA if you wish to complain about the service you received, you can find the contact information here:

It is important to remember that the MoT test is designed to ensure that the vehicle is road legal and meets minimum road safety requirements on the day it is tested, rather than diagnose any faults. It is possible that at the time, the leak had not developed sufficiently to be spotted by the MoT tester.
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