October 24, 2017 at 2:36 PM
Using data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), motoring advice website Honest John has revealed the 10 vans with the highest and lowest pass rates for their first MOT in 2016.
The Fiat Doblo came out top of the UK's 10 best vans for passing the first MOT, with 84% of 2013-registered Doblos passing their first MOT in 2016. Failure rates for the Doblo's lighting, tyres, suspension and brakes make it an ideal choice for those looking for a small van with low maintenance costs. Interestingly, the Fiat Doblo was the only panel van to feature in the top 5, with spots two through to five occupied by pick-up trucks. For example, the Ford Ranger came in second highest to the Doblo, with on average, eight out of 10 passing their first MOT test. Furthermore, The Ranger's lighting and electrical equipment performed almost 50% better than the national average. The remainder of the Top 5 was taken up by the Toyota Hilux, Isuzu D-Max, Nissan Navara in 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.
However, one of Britains favourite vans, the Ford Transit, was instead on the UK's 10 worst vans for passing the first MOT, with an average pass rate of just 64%. The Transit falls far short of the 2016 national average for van MOT passes, considering more than 70% of vans will pass their first MOT; with lighting, brakes and tyres accounting for the majority of failures.
Honest John Vans analysed millions of MOT records from the DVSA having made a Freedom of Information Act request, which enables van drivers, fleet operators, and business owners can make more informed decisions when purchasing their next used vans, with access to the latest MOT records and reasons for failures.
Read more from Honest John here.