MoT Data for Darlington

Darlington’s average overall MoT pass rate is 62%, placing it in the middle of the table – but the amount of red in the tables below might make you think otherwise. However most of the numbers are close to the national average, rather than significantly below.

That said, those cars that do fail have some numbers significantly higher than the national average – like the failure rate for brakes, which is 28% higher than average. This is probably down to the DL postcode covering a lot of countryside, including some of the Yorkshire Dales and Teesdale, where national speed limit roads with lots of twists and turns take their toll on steering, suspension and brakes.

Porsche, Triumph and Chevrolet make up the top three models with the lowest failure rates, but few were tested - Toyota is the best performing manufacturer with more than 1000 models tested in DL areas.

Most common reasons for MoT failure

Test Item Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
Suspension 12.2% 9.6% +28%
Brakes 10.5% 7.7% +36%
Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment 10.4% 11.9% −13%
Tyres 5.3% 5.8% −9%
Visibility 5.0% 5.3% −7%
Body, chassis, structure 4.8% 4.1% +16%
Noise, emissions and leaks 3.4% 3.6% −4%
Steering 2.7% 1.9% +40%
Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems 1.2% 1.3% −7%

MoT failure rates by year of registration

Year of Registration Tests Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
2017 457 9.0% 10.2% −12%
2016 14,729 11.5% 12.8% −10%
2015 14,962 15.7% 15.6% +0%
2014 14,145 20.0% 19.2% +4%
2013 12,961 24.8% 23.1% +8%
2012 11,384 30.4% 26.9% +13%
2011 10,423 33.6% 30.2% +11%
2010 10,607 39.0% 34.4% +14%
2009 9,549 40.8% 37.0% +10%
2008 9,265 44.1% 40.4% +9%
2007 9,123 45.3% 42.1% +8%
2006 7,817 48.9% 44.1% +11%
2005 6,289 50.0% 46.0% +9%
2004 5,037 50.1% 47.6% +5%
2003 3,831 49.9% 47.9% +4%
2002 2,644 49.5% 48.1% +3%
2001 1,496 47.3% 47.6% −1%
2000 867 45.9% 46.4% −1%
1999 595 46.1% 44.9% +3%
1998 380 37.4% 42.5% −12%
1997 322 37.9% 41.2% −8%
1996 253 37.5% 39.9% −6%
1995 223 39.0% 38.5% +1%
1994 158 36.7% 37.4% −2%
1993 160 32.5% 36.8% −12%
1992 124 33.9% 35.9% −6%
1991 151 39.1% 35.0% +12%
1990 127 34.6% 33.1% +5%
1989 107 27.1% 32.0% −15%
1988 72 29.2% 32.0% −9%
1987 76 21.1% 30.6% −31%
1986 61 24.6% 31.3% −22%
1985 52 25.0% 30.1% −17%
1971 60 21.7% 22.4% −3%

MoT failure rates by make

Make Tests Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
Porsche 490 18.0% 16.9% +6%
Skoda 4,573 23.2% 25.9% −11%
Dacia 635 23.5% 23.3% +1%
Audi 6,728 24.4% 24.0% +2%
BMW 5,708 24.7% 25.1% −2%
Toyota 6,834 28.3% 29.3% −3%
Lexus 275 28.7% 21.7% +32%
Subaru 600 28.8% 30.0% −4%
MINI 2,663 29.5% 27.2% +8%
Volkswagen 15,972 29.5% 31.7% −7%
Isuzu 447 29.5% 42.3% −30%
Jeep 257 29.6% 28.1% +5%
Mazda 2,731 29.9% 30.4% −2%
Hyundai 4,595 30.1% 28.0% +7%
Suzuki 4,135 30.3% 30.5% −1%
Land Rover 5,240 30.3% 28.1% +8%
Mercedes-Benz 3,342 30.3% 29.1% +4%
SEAT 3,587 30.6% 31.1% −2%
SsangYong 193 30.6% 31.6% −3%
Nissan 10,214 31.0% 31.3% −1%
Kia 4,470 31.5% 29.0% +9%
MG 377 32.6% 35.0% −7%
Honda 2,662 32.9% 30.7% +7%
Mitsubishi 2,701 33.1% 32.5% +2%
Daihatsu 163 33.7% 37.3% −9%
Jaguar 1,347 33.9% 28.2% +20%
FIAT 5,189 34.0% 33.7% +1%
Volvo 2,068 34.8% 32.6% +7%
Ford 25,394 35.8% 33.5% +7%
Peugeot 8,646 35.8% 37.1% −3%
DS 990 36.8% 32.4% +14%
Vauxhall 21,643 36.9% 36.2% +2%
Citroen 6,677 38.3% 37.6% +2%
SAAB 575 39.1% 40.7% −4%
Alfa Romeo 451 43.0% 34.9% +23%
Renault 6,205 45.5% 43.2% +5%
Chevrolet 735 47.5% 43.9% +8%
Rover 298 48.0% 45.4% +6%
Chrysler 105 51.4% 42.4% +21%

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