Lexus named as top performer for MOTs

Lexus named as top performer for MOTs 16th May 2014

Lexus is the car brand most likely to pass an MOT test, new research has found.

Motor sales website honestjohn.co.uk has compiled lists of the best and worst performers in the mandatory annual tests, which can often prove to be a source of great worry for many motorists.

The list found that fellow Japanese firms Honda and Toyota also performed well, while Audi was a strong performer.

John Slavin a content producer for the website said:“The overall trend is, unsurprisingly, that newer cars have a better chance of passing the MoT. Furthermore it tends to be the more expensive, luxury and performance cars that have the highest pass rates.”

All is not lost for those with a more limited budget, as the firm also found that models of Toyota iQ, Suzuki Splash and Hyundai A20 from the 2000s performed just as well as their luxury counterparts.

The survey has even managed to compile the best performing postcodes for passing their MOT, with drivers in the south-east more likely to pass.

Romford came out on top with a pass rate of 71 per cent, followed by Enfield (70 per cent), Bromley and Slough (both 69 per cent).

At the other end of the scale, just 49 per cent of drivers in Dundee managed to pass the annual test.

The figures have prompted some experts to question whether motorists are doing enough to ensure that their vehicles stand the best possible chance of passing.

According to Simon Williams, a spokesman for the RAC, there are a number of checks drivers can perform before their car takes the test.

He told the Gloucestershire Echo: “It’s simple things, making sure that your lights work, that your windscreen wipers are in good condition and the rubber isn’t gone. Check your tyres that they’ve got good tread. Even making sure that the little light above your number plate works is something you can do."

Posted by Danielle Barge