Among vehicles under threat are any fleet cars over three years old displayed without an MoT. The Institute of Trading Standards (ITSA) has found that a third of vehicles it inspected on forecourts did not have MoTs, yet 80% of them would have been allowed out on the road for test drives. The findings were revealed in a report called 'Coffins on Wheels' an investigation into forecourts throughout the country by ITSA members.
It also showed that a fifth of cars were so dangerous they should not have been on sale. The research covered more than 40 vehicles priced between £1,000 and £7,000. A spokesman was unable to confirm the age of vehicles which were dangerous, but said that fleets disposing of cars through forecourt operations had to be on their guard.