Quantcast
Introducing our new Real MPG iPhone app: Find out more | No thanks

The MoT Files: MoT pass rates by year of registration

The year of registration and MoT pass rate data gives an indication of the point when cars turn from being 'old bangers' to cherished, soon-to-be modern classics.

The turning point is the year 2000. Cars registered in this year have the worst MoT pass rate of any since 1980, which points to this being the year when owners either scrap their cars or invest in maintenance for their pride and joy. The pass rate increases again in 1999 and then continue to rise all the way back to 1980, though the number of tests being carried out falls significantly. 

Of all the cars registered in the 1980s, it’s the Ford Sierra that tops the chart, with the classic repmobile boasting a 77.8 per cent MoT pass rate. Hot on the heels of the Ford is the Porsche 911, with a 74.8 per cent pass rate, while the Ford Escort is third with seven out of 10 scoring a pass.

Porsche does well in the 1990s too, with the 911 once again topping the chart with a 78.8 per cent pass rate, which is joint first with the Mercedes-Benz SL while the Boxster takes third with 68.6 per cent of cars passing. In fact, when it comes to top 10 cars from the 1990s, Mercedes-Benz takes four of the top 10 slots, while Jaguar flies the flag for Blighty with three entries.

It's worth noting, however, that cars from the 1980s and 1990s are predominantly owned by enthusiasts, which explains why they are meticulously cared for and boast such a heady pass rate. 

For everyday car buyers the MoT champions are somewhat less illustrious and exotic, with family crossovers and city cars dominating proceedings. The UK’s best car for passing the MoT is the Audi Q3, with an average MoT pass rate of 91.0 per cent. The Vauxhall Mokka is the UK’s second best car for passing the test (90.4 per cent) while the Mazda CX-5 is third with an average score of 89.2 per cent. 

Click on the links below to find out how specific models perform in that year:

Year of Registration Number of MoT Tests MoT Pass Rate
1980 8899 65.6%
1981 7732 63.9%
1982 8000 62.6%
1983 10386 63.3%
1984 10939 62.6%
1985 13593 62.8%
1986 24402 61.9%
1987 19070 61.8%
1988 24402 61.1%
1989 35498 61.1%
1990 42241 60.3%
1991 45141 59.1%
1992 44539 57.8%
1993 54579 56.5%
1994 73014 55.2%
1995 103090 54.1%
1996 140844 52.9%
1997 207409 51.9%
1998 301420 50.7%
1999 462636 48.9%
2000 688032 48.5%
2001 1072141 48.9%
2002 1502566 49.3%
2003 1811981 50.7%
2004 2050689 52.3%
2005 2143857 55.3%
2006 2222021 58.6%
2007 2367988 61.7%
2008 2117962 64.7%
2009 1980968 69.2%
2010 2057269 72.9%
2011 2012696 77.2%
2012 2123765 80.8%
2013 2413792 83.6%

Check your car's MOT history

MOT BANNER_blue _630x 130 (4)

Comments

Add a comment

 

Ask Honest John

Value my car

Amount to borrow
Sorry. The minimum loan amount is £1000
To pay back over

My credit score

Best available rate 9.20%

Total repayment £9,304.93

Total cost of credit £1,804.93

£155.08

60 monthly payments

Apply now

Representative example

The Representative APR is 13.2% (fixed) so if you borrow £7,500 over 4 years at a rate of 13.2% p.a (fixed) you will repay £199.21 per month and repay £9562.20 in total.