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The data presented by the German Technical Inspection Association (TÜV) in its TÜV Report 2019 are not very positive. Compared to the previous year, the proportion of vehicles with “significant defects” has increased by 1.3 percentage points across all age groups. If the inspectors find significant deficiencies, the car owners must have their vehicle repaired and checked again - just as it is done in Austria. There is a minus of 1.9 percent in the "minor defects" category. In absolute numbers, 4,789 vehicles and therefore only 0.1 percent were considered "unsafe for traffic" and had to be shut down immediately. This emerges from the current "TÜV Report 2019", for which around 8.8 million general inspections by the TÜV companies were evaluated.

Fleet stocks are getting older

The TÜV association has identified the aging vehicle fleet in Germany as an important reason for the increased failure rate. The average age of all cars is currently 9.4 years. Compared to 2010 the cars are on average 1.3 years older and compared to 2000 they are even 2.5 years older. “The vehicle population in Germany is getting older every year. Sooner or later this will become a problem for road safety, ”emphasizes Bühler.

Because with older age, the susceptibility of cars to errors increases due to the stress on the material. According to the results of the current TÜV report, only every tenth four to five year old vehicle with significant defects fails the general inspection, while it is more than one in four of ten to eleven year old vehicles (28 percent). "Owners of older cars in particular are called upon to maintain their vehicles regularly so as not to endanger themselves or others," says Bühler.