These are the findings of the tuv report 2013, which was presented by the federation of technical inspection associations (vdtuv) in berlin on thursday. Overall, the deficiency rate rose again slightly compared to the previous reporting period – from 19.7 to 20 percent. Since 2008 there has been a steady increase. On the positive side, however, the proportion of defect-free vehicles again increased – 55.1 percent passed the main inspection without complaint.
According to the report, cars from german manufacturers performed particularly well – among the young vehicles, the VW polo had the lowest defect rate. "The polo shows that a high level of safety does not have to be a question of price," stressed association head klaus bruggemann. The last places were taken by the dacia logan and the chrysler PT cruiser in all age categories. Among the german brands, porsche, ford, audi, mercedes, opel and smart also occupied the upper range.
Between july 2011 and june 2012, more than eight million main surveys were analyzed for the report. Remarkable: many young cars have already failed the test. Bruggemann also described the consistently high lighting deficiency rates over the years as particularly astonishing. Also, problems with steering and lack of front and rear axles had been frequently noted by the auditioners. But it’s not just drivers and garages who have a duty: many defects could also be design-related.
According to the report, rust is once again an issue in older vehicles. "Back in the 80s, rust ended pretty much every car’s life, but later it disappeared," explained bruggemann. Now corrosion is becoming more common again – in up to 25 percent of ten- to eleven-year-old vehicles. The tuv report is germany’s most widely circulated used car guide (300,000) and has been evaluating the results of the statutory main inspections for more than 40 years.