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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Historical Alfa Sales from the DVLA database
Below is a screen grab interesting car sales data, of a just one small part of the giant DVLA MOT database available from deep within the bowels of the DVLA website.
I have used high JPG compression ratio to try and make this image readable and still be under the AO 100k file size limit, so it might screw up unpacking the image file on some browsers..
It total there are 33,000 rows of data, and all I've done here is group up and present just 4 ALFA models. Its too early for Brera's because this is 2007 data, and only the 2009/10 is likely to show the first 2006 cars going through.
Also, its not quite clear from the data what the total number of cars on the road is, because the Test passes might include cars that previously failed then passing on a 2nd attempt. But looking at the percentage fail quantity indicates that the total number of cars for the model is in fact the passes + fails. Unless you read it differently.
No matter what make or model though, the vast majority of fails are brakes. Which makes the conspiracy side of me think its obviously a nice little earner for all MOT stations to fit brake pads and discs than all MOT stations like to operate.
From 25 yrs of experience and dozens of cars, I know that even when my car has just had new pads / discs, the tester will still try it on with how everything is a bit to worn to far etc etc , and that they can't give it an MOT unless I get it sorted out there and then … I suspect the margins of pads and brake discs are impressively high !