On average, 33.6% of cars will fail their MoT test in Tonbridge, 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 3.4% will fail on exhaust, fuel and emissions.

Cars registered in 2000 have the worst overall MoT pass rate, at 49.5%. The manufacturers with the highest fail rate in this region are Chrysler, Rover and Daewoo. At the opposite end of the scale with the best pass rates are Porsche, Bentley and Ferrari.

Most common reasons for MoT failure

Test Item Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment 17.1% 16.7% +2%
Suspension 10.7% 12.1% −12%
Brakes 7.5% 9.0% −17%
Tyres 7.1% 7.2% −1%
Driver's view of the road 5.9% 6.2% −6%
Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions 3.4% 3.6% −6%
Steering 2.0% 2.3% −14%
Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems 1.8% 1.6% +12%

MoT failure rates by year of registration

Year of Registration Tests Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
2016 138 10.1% 11.6% −12%
2015 835 12.5% 13.2% −6%
2014 23,119 14.7% 14.3% +3%
2013 21,213 16.8% 16.9% −1%
2012 18,472 19.5% 20.9% −7%
2011 17,611 22.8% 24.6% −7%
2010 18,983 27.0% 29.2% −8%
2009 18,421 29.8% 32.8% −9%
2008 18,825 34.6% 37.0% −6%
2007 20,941 37.0% 39.6% −7%
2006 19,667 39.9% 42.2% −5%
2005 18,731 42.2% 45.0% −6%
2004 18,180 46.3% 47.4% −2%
2003 15,999 47.1% 48.6% −3%
2002 13,358 48.9% 49.6% −1%
2001 9,995 49.1% 49.6% −1%
2000 6,654 50.5% 49.2% +3%
1999 4,572 49.0% 48.8% +0%
1998 3,306 47.6% 46.8% +2%
1997 2,142 45.8% 45.5% +1%
1996 1,511 45.3% 44.2% +3%
1995 1,119 40.3% 42.3% −5%
1994 817 41.7% 41.0% +2%
1993 622 39.1% 40.5% −4%
1992 487 41.7% 39.1% +7%
1991 544 41.2% 38.9% +6%
1990 526 35.6% 37.1% −4%
1989 477 36.1% 35.2% +3%
1988 316 36.1% 35.0% +3%
1987 232 34.1% 34.4% −1%
1986 223 41.7% 34.0% +23%
1985 188 32.4% 33.9% −4%
1984 121 37.2% 32.7% +14%
1983 129 34.1% 32.7% +4%
1982 95 33.7% 32.6% +3%
1981 90 31.1% 32.6% −4%
1980 119 27.7% 29.2% −5%
1979 98 20.4% 28.7% −29%
1978 95 28.4% 29.0% −2%
1977 107 33.6% 28.8% +17%
1976 89 37.1% 29.3% +27%
1975 118 26.3% 27.5% −5%
1974 91 34.1% 25.0% +36%
1973 143 26.6% 25.8% +3%
1972 141 22.0% 24.3% −9%
1971 650 29.4% 24.9% +18%
1970 242 23.1% 23.8% −3%
1969 210 21.9% 24.8% −12%
1968 199 19.6% 23.4% −16%
1967 187 23.5% 23.4% +1%
1966 181 22.7% 22.4% +1%
1965 173 24.9% 21.6% +15%
1964 124 17.7% 20.7% −14%
1963 105 19.0% 20.2% −6%
1962 87 13.8% 20.9% −34%
1961 84 25.0% 19.8% +26%
1960 96 19.8% 19.5% +2%

MoT failure rates by make

Make Tests Failure Rate National Failure Rate Relative Rate
Ferrari 157 10.2% 11.4% −11%
Bentley 354 16.1% 13.2% +22%
Porsche 2,794 18.1% 19.3% −6%
Abarth 102 19.6% 25.3% −22%
Aston Martin 540 19.6% 14.2% +38%
Dacia 368 20.4% 20.3% +1%
Lotus 298 20.8% 20.4% +2%
MINI 1,931 20.9% 29.3% −29%
Lexus 1,486 21.4% 23.4% −9%
Maserati 109 23.9% 19.3% +24%
Jaguar 3,972 26.7% 31.3% −15%
Audi 11,449 27.2% 25.5% +6%
Skoda 6,049 27.7% 28.3% −2%
BMW 11,975 27.8% 26.9% +4%
Triumph 399 28.1% 29.9% −6%
Honda 10,036 29.5% 31.1% −5%
Toyota 17,671 29.5% 30.1% −2%
Hyundai 6,187 29.6% 29.4% +1%
Land Rover 13,417 30.1% 31.0% −3%
Morgan 348 30.2% 18.5% +63%
Mazda 5,804 30.3% 32.2% −6%
Subaru 1,477 30.3% 32.8% −7%
Kia 4,136 30.6% 30.7% −0%
Mercedes-Benz 8,386 31.7% 30.4% +4%
Perodua 184 32.1% 30.4% +5%
smart 250 32.4% 30.4% +7%
Suzuki 3,752 32.5% 32.4% +0%
SEAT 4,690 32.7% 32.6% +0%
Volkswagen 31,931 33.6% 33.1% +2%
Isuzu 509 34.4% 43.9% −22%
Nissan 14,121 35.2% 33.3% +6%
SAAB 1,815 35.3% 40.6% −13%
Chevrolet 1,033 36.4% 40.5% −10%
FIAT 8,459 36.7% 36.8% −0%
Ford 47,687 37.0% 35.2% +5%
MG 1,458 37.3% 41.7% −10%
Volvo 6,190 37.6% 35.1% +7%
Alfa Romeo 1,034 37.8% 36.8% +3%
Mitsubishi 3,319 38.0% 36.4% +5%
Vauxhall 32,513 39.6% 39.0% +2%
Jeep 696 40.1% 36.0% +11%
Peugeot 16,533 40.2% 40.4% −0%
Dodge 144 40.3% 42.4% −5%
Daihatsu 588 40.3% 36.1% +12%
Citroen 13,167 41.4% 40.6% +2%
Renault 13,264 44.6% 47.4% −6%
Proton 185 44.9% 45.0% −0%
Chrysler 514 46.5% 41.8% +11%
Rover 1,289 49.0% 47.0% +4%
Daewoo 245 57.1% 55.6% +3%
 

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