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These are the used cars with the highest defect rate

Lack to dismissal: in some cars, the problem is always. This is demonstrated by the new TÜV report. But there are also models that can do much better – and therefore are used as a recommendation.

German cars are becoming increasingly unsafe: over a fifth vehicle (21.5 percent) makes noise at the TÜV from the main inspection (HU) – due to significant deficiencies. This is 0.3 percent more than the previous year, as shown by the current test organization report. But there are also used cars, which are characterized by very few deficiencies in the test.

Mercedes GLC is the best car in the TÜV report

Mercedes GLC: in the latest TÜV report cuts the SUV from the best. (Source: producer)Mercedes GLC: in the latest TÜV report cuts the SUV from the best. (Source: producer)

No one has fewer shortcomings: the Mercedes GLC is the big winner of the current TÜV report. At the age of two or three, only 2.17 percent of the SUV shows significant deficiencies. Every hundredth GLC manages the first main study with slight defects (1.1 per cent), the vast majority of 96.7 per cent cuts without defects.

These are the best in the class

In addition to the overall winner, GLC Mercedes also dominated the overview of the best in the category. In four segments out of six, the Stuttgart models are right in front.

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  • Microcar: Opel Adam
  • Small car: Audi A1
  • Compact car: Mercedes Class A
  • Middle class: Mercedes C-Class
  • SUV: Mercedes GLC
  • Vans: Mercedes Class B.

These are the losers in the TÜV report

But where there is a lot of light, there is also a lot of shade. One in ten cars with significant deficiencies – after only two or three years: these models mark the worst in the HU:

  • Micro Car: Ford Ka (deficit ratio 10.7 percent)
  • Small car: Fiat Punto (10.8 percent)
  • Compact car: Dacia Logan (13.7 percent)
  • Middle class: Ford Mondeo (9.1 percent)
  • SUV: Dacia Duster (11.7 percent)
  • Vans: Citroën Berlingo (11.2 percent)

The results of the TÜV report at a glance

  • 21.5 percent of the cars tested had significant deficiencies. They must be repaired and presented again at the examiner. Only then will they receive a new inspection sticker.
  • Another 9.7 percent (minus 2.3 percent) of the cars had reduced deficiencies. You will receive a new sticker. However, the owner must subsequently provide for the elimination of the defects found in the test report.
  • 68.8 percent (plus 1.1 percent) of the machines were flawless.
  • 0.1 percent of the cars were classified as insecure by traffic and closed immediately. There are around 15,000 vehicles in a single year.

The increase in age becomes a problem

The many serious shortcomings – they have one reason in particular: our cars age more and more. This shows the TÜV statistics. The older the cars on the test bench, the higher the HU failure rate:

  • Only 5.8 percent of cars between the ages of 2 and 3 have significant deficiencies.
  • At the age of 6-7 years, it is already 16.4 percent.
  • At the age of ten or eleven, 28.2 percent of cars fail at HU.
the age of the vehicle Significant defects
2-3 years 5.8 percent
6-7 years 16.4 percent
10-11 years 28.2 percent

On average, our cars are now 9.5 years old – a record. In 2010, the average age was 8.1 years, in 2000 even at only 6.9 years. This may be due to the fact that cars are becoming more and more durable. But it could also be related to high prices for new cars.

However, it has consequences, says the managing director of the TÜV Association. Joachim Bühler: "The growing average age is a challenge for traffic safety".

The main investigations must go over time

Our cars are not only older, but also smarter and always respectful of the environment. At least this is what the legislators are asking. With this change, the HU must keep pace, the TÜV asks: "The main study must be adapted for the future with new test criteria for digitally controlled assistance systems and new emission test measures," says Bühler. But it would be necessary to create the legal basis – and not at some point. But now.