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On average, 40.4% of cars will fail their MoT test in Portsmouth, which puts the region above the national average of 36.1%. The most common failure causes are Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment, Suspension and Brakes, while 4.8% will fail on exhaust, fuel and emissions.

Cars registered in 1999 have the worst overall MoT pass rate, at 41.3%. The manufacturers with the highest fail rate in this region are Chrysler, Talbot and Daewoo. At the opposite end of the scale with the best pass rates are Aston Martin, Porsche and Dacia.

Most common reasons for MoT failure

Test Item Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment 21.0% 17.8% +18%
Suspension 12.7% 12.1% +4%
Brakes 9.7% 9.5% +2%
Tyres 9.3% 7.6% +22%
Driver's view of the road 8.4% 6.8% +24%
Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions 4.8% 3.9% +22%
Steering 2.8% 2.6% +8%
Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems 2.4% 1.8% +34%
Body, Structure and General Items 1.3% 1.3% −1%

MoT failure rates by year of registration

Year of Registration Tests Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
2015 117 19.7% 11.0% +79%
2014 1,033 14.1% 12.9% +9%
2013 26,113 17.1% 15.1% +13%
2012 23,628 19.2% 17.8% +8%
2011 22,724 23.1% 21.4% +8%
2010 23,759 27.5% 26.1% +5%
2009 23,856 31.3% 30.1% +4%
2008 24,952 36.9% 34.6% +7%
2007 28,006 39.8% 37.6% +6%
2006 27,073 43.7% 40.6% +8%
2005 27,173 48.0% 44.1% +9%
2004 27,314 51.4% 47.0% +9%
2003 25,363 53.6% 48.6% +10%
2002 22,415 55.7% 50.0% +11%
2001 17,327 57.1% 50.5% +13%
2000 12,183 56.8% 50.9% +12%
1999 8,168 58.7% 50.6% +16%
1998 5,256 56.2% 48.9% +15%
1997 3,353 57.4% 47.5% +21%
1996 2,326 55.1% 46.4% +19%
1995 1,669 54.3% 44.8% +21%
1994 1,256 53.8% 43.8% +23%
1993 927 50.4% 42.3% +19%
1992 697 52.2% 40.9% +28%
1991 697 48.6% 39.9% +22%
1990 671 47.1% 38.6% +22%
1989 476 46.4% 37.3% +25%
1988 339 49.0% 36.9% +33%
1987 242 43.8% 36.0% +22%
1986 209 53.1% 35.8% +48%
1985 179 52.5% 34.6% +52%
1984 122 48.4% 34.0% +42%
1983 127 37.0% 33.8% +9%
1982 82 46.3% 33.3% +39%
1981 76 48.7% 33.1% +47%
1980 95 42.1% 31.0% +36%
1979 100 43.0% 29.9% +44%
1978 99 47.5% 30.2% +57%
1977 91 42.9% 30.5% +41%
1976 76 39.5% 30.0% +32%
1975 71 31.0% 28.6% +8%
1974 64 29.7% 25.9% +14%
1973 120 35.8% 26.0% +38%
1972 133 35.3% 24.0% +47%
1971 600 37.5% 26.2% +43%
1970 168 32.7% 25.0% +31%
1969 173 33.5% 24.5% +37%
1968 192 34.4% 24.1% +43%
1967 165 37.6% 24.5% +54%
1966 145 31.7% 23.0% +38%
1965 140 24.3% 21.8% +12%
1964 105 22.9% 21.7% +5%
1963 83 24.1% 21.1% +14%
1962 65 21.5% 20.7% +4%
1961 69 23.2% 19.3% +20%
1960 85 28.2% 19.6% +44%

MoT failure rates by make

Make Tests Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
Dacia 229 17.9% 19.6% −9%
Porsche 1,665 19.7% 19.9% −1%
Aston Martin 497 24.1% 12.8% +89%
Bentley 124 24.2% 14.0% +73%
Lotus 153 25.5% 23.2% +10%
Kia 10,463 30.0% 31.3% −4%
Triumph 366 31.7% 33.9% −6%
Honda 15,080 32.2% 31.2% +3%
Abarth 102 32.4% 26.4% +23%
Hyundai 11,991 32.4% 30.2% +7%
Toyota 18,628 33.9% 30.2% +12%
smart 364 34.1% 28.5% +20%
MINI 1,062 34.1% 22.8% +50%
Lexus 834 34.2% 25.1% +36%
BMW 12,086 34.2% 27.5% +24%
Suzuki 5,774 34.3% 32.8% +5%
Skoda 8,841 34.3% 30.2% +14%
Audi 12,452 34.4% 26.8% +28%
Mercedes-Benz 8,657 34.5% 25.3% +36%
Perodua 169 35.5% 29.4% +21%
Mazda 9,069 37.2% 33.0% +13%
Jaguar 4,192 37.7% 32.0% +18%
Chevrolet 1,335 37.9% 38.3% −1%
Land Rover 7,740 39.7% 32.5% +22%
SEAT 4,916 39.7% 34.0% +17%
FIAT 11,151 40.3% 38.2% +5%
Nissan 16,546 41.1% 34.7% +18%
Subaru 983 41.5% 33.1% +25%
Volkswagen 35,354 42.1% 34.1% +24%
SAAB 2,415 42.2% 39.2% +7%
Isuzu 352 42.6% 44.6% −5%
Daihatsu 827 43.3% 36.9% +17%
Jeep 683 43.6% 37.2% +17%
Ford 66,461 44.2% 36.4% +22%
Alfa Romeo 1,265 44.3% 38.3% +16%
Volvo 6,030 44.6% 36.6% +22%
Mitsubishi 4,588 44.9% 37.6% +19%
Vauxhall 44,526 46.2% 39.6% +17%
Citroen 19,591 46.3% 40.8% +14%
MG 1,770 46.6% 44.7% +4%
Proton 223 47.5% 46.3% +3%
Peugeot 25,555 48.1% 41.9% +15%
Dodge 190 51.1% 41.5% +23%
Renault 19,920 52.2% 48.2% +8%
Rover 2,362 53.6% 47.6% +13%
Chrysler 795 54.7% 43.1% +27%
Talbot 198 59.6% 48.4% +23%
Daewoo 572 60.1% 55.5% +8%

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