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A-Katsastus Oy publishes 2013 rejection statistics

Numerous defects are found year after year in vehicle inspections


For the sixth time, A-Katsastus is publishing make- and model-specific rejection statistics for passenger cars. The number of defects found in vehicle inspections has increased significantly over five years. In the long-term, a strong positive development can be observed in chassis and body defects (rust damage), the numbers of which have continued to decrease.

In 2013, A-Katsastus inspected approximately 870,000 passenger cars. The make- and model-specific statistics include the cars that were taken into use in 1997–2008 or 2010, and all models with at least 100 inspected cars. The statistics also include the cars’ average odometer reading. Last year, the rejection rate for inspected passenger cars was 25.4%. Compared with the previous year, there were changes in the number of exhaust gas defects, which fell to 7.6% (7.9%).

A-Katsastus has been publishing rejection statistics since 2009. Year after year, the number of defects observed and the rejection rate are unusually high in a European context. The primary reason for this is that Finland is among the EU states with the oldest cars (average age more than 11 years). In Finland, this situation is particularly challenging, not only because of the high average age of its cars, but also because of the changing climate conditions compared to the rest of Europe. Regular vehicle inspections and thorough vehicle maintenance play an important role in traffic safety. What is positive is that the current system has helped to maintain a low level of accidents caused by technical defects.

According to Hannu Pellikka, technical director of A-Katsastus, the age and mileage of the vehicle are directly proportional to the number of defects.

"While some twenty defects are observed in three-year-old cars per 100 inspections, the number of defects increases nearly tenfold in 16-year-old cars (180 defects per 100 inspections). This is also reflected in rejection rates: some 3.5% of all three-year-old cars are rejected, whereas the same figure is as high as 40% in 16-year-old cars," Pellikka says. He considers this to be natural because cars are made of parts that wear out and require regular maintenance.

The full 2013 rejection statistics for passenger cars are available on the A-Katsastus website. The statistics can be searched on the basis of the year of introduction into use, make or model.

Further information:

Hannu Pellikka, Technical Director, A-Katsastus Group, tel. +358 45 632 2022