On average, 31.2% of cars will fail their MoT test in Colchester, which puts the region below the national average of 35.0%. The most common failure causes are Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment, Suspension and Brakes, while 3.1% will fail on exhaust, fuel and emissions.

Cars registered in 2001 have the worst overall MoT pass rate, at 55.0%. The manufacturers with the highest fail rate in this region are Proton, Renault and Daewoo. At the opposite end of the scale with the best pass rates are Bentley, Ferrari and Porsche.

Most common reasons for MoT failure

Test Item Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment 14.8% 16.7% −12%
Suspension 10.6% 12.1% −12%
Brakes 7.6% 9.0% −16%
Tyres 7.0% 7.2% −2%
Driver's view of the road 5.8% 6.2% −7%
Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions 3.1% 3.6% −13%
Steering 1.9% 2.3% −16%
Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems 1.5% 1.6% −7%
Body, Structure and General Items 1.1% 1.1% −7%

MoT failure rates by year of registration

Year of Registration Tests Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
2015 447 8.9% 13.2% −32%
2014 12,601 11.1% 14.3% −22%
2013 11,275 13.8% 16.9% −18%
2012 10,142 17.5% 20.9% −16%
2011 9,638 21.2% 24.6% −14%
2010 10,647 25.5% 29.2% −13%
2009 10,453 28.9% 32.8% −12%
2008 11,197 32.8% 37.0% −11%
2007 12,564 35.9% 39.6% −9%
2006 11,905 36.7% 42.2% −13%
2005 11,515 40.3% 45.0% −10%
2004 10,982 41.8% 47.4% −12%
2003 9,753 43.4% 48.6% −11%
2002 8,216 44.1% 49.6% −11%
2001 5,891 45.0% 49.6% −9%
2000 3,766 43.9% 49.2% −11%
1999 2,618 44.7% 48.8% −8%
1998 1,721 43.1% 46.8% −8%
1997 1,129 41.8% 45.5% −8%
1996 756 38.4% 44.2% −13%
1995 541 37.0% 42.3% −13%
1994 435 35.2% 41.0% −14%
1993 341 37.5% 40.5% −7%
1992 258 34.1% 39.1% −13%
1991 290 30.7% 38.9% −21%
1990 262 25.2% 37.1% −32%
1989 238 30.3% 35.2% −14%
1988 144 30.6% 35.0% −13%
1987 133 27.1% 34.4% −21%
1986 112 30.4% 34.0% −11%
1985 97 30.9% 33.9% −9%
1984 85 34.1% 32.7% +4%
1983 54 25.9% 32.7% −21%
1980 62 27.4% 29.2% −6%
1979 65 23.1% 28.7% −20%
1978 50 30.0% 29.0% +3%
1977 52 17.3% 28.8% −40%
1974 53 20.8% 25.0% −17%
1973 66 18.2% 25.8% −30%
1972 50 12.0% 24.3% −51%
1971 338 23.7% 24.9% −5%
1970 101 24.8% 23.8% +4%
1969 101 13.9% 24.8% −44%
1968 75 26.7% 23.4% +14%
1967 71 21.1% 23.4% −10%
1966 69 18.8% 22.4% −16%
1965 68 19.1% 21.6% −11%
1964 60 16.7% 20.7% −20%
1963 55 25.5% 20.2% +26%

MoT failure rates by make

Make Tests Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
Porsche 1,437 13.3% 19.3% −31%
Ferrari 288 14.2% 11.4% +24%
Bentley 296 15.5% 13.2% +17%
MINI 924 16.0% 29.3% −45%
Dacia 129 16.3% 20.3% −20%
Triumph 199 21.6% 29.9% −28%
smart 135 22.2% 30.4% −27%
Skoda 3,222 23.0% 28.3% −19%
Hyundai 5,368 23.1% 29.4% −22%
Audi 6,765 23.8% 25.5% −7%
Maserati 129 24.8% 19.3% +29%
BMW 6,217 25.7% 26.9% −4%
Alfa Romeo 557 26.8% 36.8% −27%
Lexus 440 27.0% 23.4% +15%
Land Rover 5,445 27.3% 31.0% −12%
Honda 4,882 27.8% 31.1% −11%
Toyota 7,825 27.8% 30.1% −8%
Mazda 3,028 28.1% 32.2% −13%
SEAT 2,058 29.1% 32.6% −11%
Kia 2,499 29.2% 30.7% −5%
Suzuki 2,388 29.3% 32.4% −10%
Subaru 423 29.3% 32.8% −10%
MG 817 29.5% 41.7% −29%
Mercedes-Benz 4,632 29.7% 30.4% −2%
Jaguar 1,925 29.9% 31.3% −5%
FIAT 4,635 30.3% 36.8% −18%
Jeep 375 30.4% 36.0% −16%
Daihatsu 388 30.4% 36.1% −16%
Mitsubishi 2,066 30.7% 36.4% −16%
Nissan 6,745 31.3% 33.3% −6%
Volkswagen 13,494 31.5% 33.1% −5%
Volvo 3,004 32.7% 35.1% −7%
Chevrolet 491 33.4% 40.5% −18%
Ford 38,309 34.0% 35.2% −3%
Isuzu 214 34.1% 43.9% −22%
Citroen 8,573 35.5% 40.6% −13%
SsangYong 105 36.2% 40.4% −10%
SAAB 1,092 36.4% 40.6% −10%
Vauxhall 21,230 36.6% 39.0% −6%
Peugeot 9,645 38.8% 40.4% −4%
Chrysler 350 40.3% 41.8% −4%
Rover 701 41.5% 47.0% −12%
Proton 154 41.6% 45.0% −8%
Renault 8,023 44.0% 47.4% −7%
Daewoo 141 49.6% 55.6% −11%
 

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