The MoT Files: Bottom 50 MoT performers

Our MoT data reveals a lot of information about the specifics of common MoT failure causes, whether simple bulb failures or more complex and dangerous problems, like worn out brakes or excessive rust. But what are the UK’s worst overall cars for the Mot? 

We list the 50 models that have the lowest overall pass rates in the country. We’ve put a filter on so only models of which more than 5000 were tested appear, to filter out rare cars or particularly old models. 

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Ford Cougar – 44% pass rate

The sleek looking Cougar had a short production life and wasn’t exactly a big seller. Used examples are fairly cheap to buy now, so will often attract buyers running on a tight budget. Add the mounting toll of higher mileage and age and it’s easy to see why the pass rate for Cougars is low.


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