20% of cars fail their first MoT

12.00 | 11 May 2012 | | 3 comments

20% of cars registered in 2008 failed their first MoT in 2011, according to the ‘honestjohn.co.uk’ motoring website, which says that this is the first time this information has been made available to the public.

honestjohn.co.uk says that until recently the Vehicle Operator and Service Agency (VOSA) declined to supply MoT information to the public. However, the Conservatives have promised to make Government data more accessible and VOSA’s refusal to disclose has been overturned.

The information reveals that of the ‘volume brands’ (excluding the likes of Rolls Royce and Ferrari) Lexus that leads the way with an overall pass rate of 75%, with Toyota (70%) and Honda (69%) not far behind.

At the other end of the spectrum Renault was the worst performer with a pass rate of just 50%. Peugeot (55%), Citroen (57%), Fiat (56%) and Vauxhall (56%) fare little better.

When it came to analysing individual models, (minimum of 2000 MoTs per year) the 2008 Suzuki Splash was the best performer with a success rate of 90%. At the other end of the scale, the worst performing car was the Fiat Multipla with a pass rate of just 33%.

Click here to read the full ‘honestjohn.co.uk’ report.


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    I have read some articles similar to this and one reasons why car fails in MOT test is because of dodgy electrics – lighting and signaling. I found it here: http://money.aol.co.uk/2012/05/11/french-cars-rubbished-by-mot-stats/

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    Took my 8 yr old car in for its MOT the other day and it could have failed on one thing only. One of the two bulbs illuminating the rear number plate had blown. Fortunately I had a spare so was able to put it on at the MOT station and it passed.

    Whilst riding and driving round I see that about 20 to 25% of all vehicles, no matter what age, are missing at least one rear or brake light and that’s a fail for MOT, simpless. And they are not difficult to replace.

    bob craven Lancs
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    One aspect of these statistics is the fact that modern vehicles are difficult to maintain. It’s not like the average person can easily change the bulbs on say a Ford Focus, you will require a Torx wrench which is needed to remove the entire headlight unit, before you can get anywhere near the bulbs!

    Adam, Hants
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