The MoT Files: The first MoT - bottom 10 manufacturers

Contrary to popular belief, buying a new car doesn’t necessary mean years of trouble free motoring. Indeed, analysis of VOSA records show that only 80 per cent of cars (registered in 2010) passed their first MoT, with thousands of motorists left to pick up the bill with many warranties running out after three years.

Here we reveal the worst offenders when it comes to manufacturers failing the first MoT. Not only does this list show the UK’s poorest performers, but it also shows which cars are more likely to fail once that all important (three year) warranty expires. 

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Volkswagen 79% pass rate

Two years ago Volkswagen was close to breaking into the top 10 manufacturers for the first MoT, but now it is the seventh worst, with a string of models performing badly in the first test. Scan Volkswagen’s large volume cars and you’ll discover that the Touran (pictured), Polo and Passat struggle at the MoT. Indeed, the Polo is one of the worst models in the UK, with just 78 per cent of 2010 cars passing the test at the first time of asking.


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