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 Escort – 46% pass rate

The Escort was once the UK’s most popular cars, but numbers are falling very quickly. Late 1980s and 1990s examples aren’t quite classics yet, so tend to be treated as disposable and are less well maintained. Indeed, if you look at the data, you’ll see that earlier cars have higher pass rates – they’re more cherished and are more likely to have money spent on repairs and maintenance.


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