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MoT Data for Portsmouth

The tables for Portsmouth are dominated by red numbers, and the overall pass rate of 55% is in the lower half of the national table.

Even the best ranked manufacturers, Aston Martin and Porsche, come in way below their national average, with an anomaly in the form of Dodge popping in behind them with the third highest pass rate, although with just 100 cars tested it’s not particularly definitive.

The seven car makes with the lowest MoT pass rate all have an average failure rate of at least 50%. Additionally, with every single year of registration scoring a below average pass rate, having a new car doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to avoid an MoT failure (although it does give you the best chance).

Most common reasons for MoT failure

Test Item Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
Lighting and signalling 23.2% 19.7% +18%
Suspension 12.9% 13.2% −2%
Brakes 11.5% 11.4% +1%
Tyres 10.7% 8.7% +23%
Driver's view of the road 10.2% 8.2% +25%
Fuel and exhaust 7.0% 5.8% +20%
Steering 3.1% 3.6% −12%
Seat belts 2.5% 1.7% +44%
Registration plates and VIN 1.3% 1.1% +15%
Body and structure 1.2% 1.3% −14%

MoT failure rates by year of registration

Year of Registration Tests Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
2008 20,997 22.1% 19.9% +11%
2007 27,626 23.3% 21.9% +6%
2006 27,569 27.5% 26.1% +5%
2005 29,688 34.0% 32.0% +6%
2004 31,977 39.4% 37.3% +6%
2003 32,482 43.7% 41.6% +5%
2002 32,831 47.3% 44.8% +6%
2001 30,699 51.2% 47.9% +7%
2000 26,283 55.6% 51.5% +8%
1999 21,855 58.8% 53.9% +9%
1998 17,926 60.6% 55.0% +10%
1997 13,770 61.6% 55.5% +11%
1996 9,739 63.2% 55.7% +13%
1995 6,753 62.1% 54.7% +14%
1994 4,604 61.4% 53.7% +14%
1993 2,998 60.6% 52.4% +16%
1992 1,883 59.4% 49.7% +19%
1991 1,436 58.6% 48.2% +21%
1990 1,283 56.4% 47.5% +19%
1989 1,000 59.6% 46.4% +28%
1988 637 52.3% 45.5% +15%
1987 420 56.9% 43.9% +30%
1986 316 56.3% 43.7% +29%
1985 226 50.9% 41.9% +21%
1984 199 54.8% 42.0% +30%
1983 136 57.4% 43.0% +33%
1982 118 53.4% 42.8% +25%
1981 81 60.5% 38.5% +57%
1980 114 49.1% 38.5% +28%

MoT failure rates by make

Make Tests Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
Aston Martin 334 20.4% 13.7% +49%
Porsche 711 27.0% 21.7% +24%
Dodge 102 27.5% 35.8% −23%
Chevrolet 471 27.6% 26.8% +3%
Honda 12,770 29.3% 30.9% −5%
Lotus 131 29.8% 25.8% +15%
smart 856 30.1% 29.2% +3%
Lexus 661 30.4% 24.7% +23%
Jaguar 3,001 32.5% 30.5% +6%
Toyota 16,263 32.7% 29.8% +10%
MINI 3,436 33.5% 32.8% +2%
Kia 5,128 34.5% 34.2% +1%
Mazda 6,510 34.5% 32.2% +7%
Hyundai 7,805 36.0% 36.6% −2%
Suzuki 4,707 36.5% 33.0% +11%
SAAB 2,652 37.0% 33.5% +10%
Mercedes-Benz 10,308 37.3% 31.5% +18%
Perodua 174 37.4% 30.9% +21%
Skoda 6,038 38.1% 34.7% +10%
Audi 8,197 39.2% 32.2% +22%
Subaru 1,041 40.7% 32.7% +25%
BMW 12,369 41.1% 35.0% +17%
SEAT 3,885 41.5% 36.6% +13%
Isuzu 278 41.7% 41.4% +1%
Jeep 926 42.2% 37.0% +14%
Triumph 341 42.2% 39.5% +7%
Nissan 13,810 42.9% 39.1% +10%
Land Rover 5,909 43.0% 37.2% +15%
Mitsubishi 3,761 43.1% 38.3% +13%
Daihatsu 1,167 44.0% 35.9% +22%
Chrysler 1,122 44.4% 42.6% +4%
Volkswagen 24,831 44.6% 37.1% +20%
Ford 54,135 46.9% 41.4% +13%
Citroen 17,158 47.4% 43.2% +10%
Proton 412 47.8% 44.7% +7%
Vauxhall 41,037 48.7% 43.4% +12%
Austin 381 48.8% 44.3% +10%
FIAT 8,036 49.1% 43.7% +12%
MG 1,891 50.3% 45.1% +12%
Volvo 5,874 50.8% 42.5% +20%
Peugeot 26,350 52.0% 45.4% +15%
Rover 7,317 53.0% 47.7% +11%
Daewoo 1,596 53.4% 50.8% +5%
Alfa Romeo 1,218 53.9% 45.3% +19%
Renault 21,773 54.0% 49.9% +8%

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