MoT Data for Bolton

With an MoT pass rate of 62 per cent, the Bolton (BL) postcode area is mid-table in the national MoT table.

In the table of common failure items there's a mixture of red and green numbers, showing mixed performance - but there's not a huge amount of deviation from the national average in either direction.

1980s cars pass rates slightly above the national average, but there as so few are tested not much can be taken from this. The rest of the table is a very mixed bag, with red and green numbers, but very little deviation either way from the average nationwide pass rate.

It's a mixed picture for manufacturers too, with Porsche, Lexus, Smart and Chevrolet appearing top. Bolton is ahead of Stockport and Guildford in the national table. 

Most common reasons for MoT failure

Test Item Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment 8.9% 11.9% −26%
Suspension 8.8% 9.6% −8%
Brakes 7.1% 7.7% −7%
Tyres 6.0% 5.8% +4%
Visibility 4.9% 5.3% −9%
Body, chassis, structure 3.5% 4.1% −16%
Noise, emissions and leaks 2.6% 3.6% −27%
Steering 1.5% 1.9% −23%
Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems 1.1% 1.3% −17%

MoT failure rates by year of registration

Year of Registration Tests Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
2019 108 1.9% 6.9% −73%
2018 1,033 7.7% 9.6% −19%
2017 21,434 11.6% 10.0% +16%
2016 19,998 14.0% 14.9% −6%
2015 18,285 17.5% 18.1% −3%
2014 16,794 21.4% 21.5% −1%
2013 15,117 25.3% 25.3% −0%
2012 12,482 29.2% 28.7% +2%
2011 11,096 32.1% 31.8% +1%
2010 11,212 34.6% 35.5% −2%
2009 10,886 37.7% 37.8% −0%
2008 10,223 41.0% 40.6% +1%
2007 10,569 40.8% 41.9% −3%
2006 8,463 42.1% 43.7% −4%
2005 6,874 43.7% 45.0% −3%
2004 5,407 44.5% 46.2% −4%
2003 3,706 44.2% 46.1% −4%
2002 2,636 42.8% 46.2% −7%
2001 1,525 44.5% 45.3% −2%
2000 861 43.7% 43.9% −1%
1999 542 40.4% 42.3% −5%
1998 370 30.3% 40.1% −25%
1997 281 35.9% 38.6% −7%
1996 183 33.9% 37.6% −10%
1995 151 35.1% 36.0% −3%
1994 112 33.0% 35.1% −6%
1993 89 33.7% 35.3% −4%
1992 93 32.3% 34.3% −6%
1991 101 22.8% 33.9% −33%
1990 70 25.7% 32.2% −20%
1989 83 28.9% 31.3% −7%
1987 53 32.1% 30.6% +5%

MoT failure rates by make

Make Tests Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
Porsche 1,232 14.4% 14.8% −3%
Bentley 133 18.0% 10.6% +69%
Lexus 1,665 18.9% 19.2% −2%
Land Rover 5,157 19.3% 25.6% −25%
Audi 11,167 20.6% 22.0% −6%
Jeep 266 21.4% 25.9% −17%
Jaguar 2,197 22.2% 25.0% −11%
BMW 10,716 22.2% 23.1% −4%
Dacia 867 23.1% 24.0% −4%
Skoda 3,389 23.7% 23.8% −1%
Kia 8,521 23.8% 27.0% −12%
MINI 4,037 24.4% 25.8% −6%
Toyota 18,169 26.1% 27.8% −6%
Hyundai 5,050 26.2% 26.4% −1%
Subaru 202 26.2% 28.7% −9%
Volkswagen 17,953 26.3% 29.4% −10%
Suzuki 2,294 26.4% 28.2% −6%
Volvo 2,876 26.6% 29.8% −11%
Mercedes-Benz 6,397 27.0% 26.2% +3%
Honda 6,349 27.7% 28.9% −4%
MG 252 27.8% 30.9% −10%
Nissan 10,761 27.9% 29.1% −4%
Mazda 2,822 28.4% 28.6% −1%
Isuzu 106 29.2% 41.1% −29%
SEAT 2,486 30.2% 28.0% +8%
Mitsubishi 1,196 30.9% 30.4% +2%
Ford 28,960 31.8% 31.6% +0%
SAAB 438 32.9% 39.3% −16%
FIAT 5,141 33.2% 32.0% +4%
Chrysler 180 33.9% 41.2% −18%
Peugeot 9,297 34.4% 34.8% −1%
Rover 213 35.2% 43.1% −18%
Citroen 7,204 35.2% 35.4% −0%
Vauxhall 23,313 35.4% 34.0% +4%
DS 1,041 36.2% 33.8% +7%
Renault 7,619 36.8% 39.6% −7%
Daihatsu 122 36.9% 36.7% +1%
Alfa Romeo 434 37.6% 33.1% +13%
SsangYong 137 39.4% 28.9% +36%
Chevrolet 713 42.8% 45.0% −5%

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