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Cars most often SORN'd

Cars most often SORN'd


Latest figures show which cars are the most likely to end up declared off the road.

The cars that have been SORN’d more than any other

SORN, which stands for statutory off-road notification, is an official way of declaring your car ‘off the road’ and not driving it.

By doing so, you won’t be required to pay tax or insure the vehicle - but you won’t be able to drive it. 

Plenty of drivers declare their vehicles SORN. They might be trying to save a bit of money, or are doing repairs or restorations to a vehicle which will mean it can’t be driven. 

The government recently announced its latest vehicle registration figures - which includes the number of each type of vehicle that was declared SORN during the fourth quarter of 2019. Here, we’ve pulled together the most common vehicles to appear on the list.

There is one disclaimer, however; the models aren’t always split up logically, with many varying in terms of trim level, while others feature some incomplete data. For instance, the most commonly SORN’d model was classed as ‘Other British Missing’, which likely reflects the near 40,000 classic British cars being restored off the road, for example.

Volkswagen Golf - 67,000+

It probably won’t come as much of a surprise that the ever-popular Golf appears at the top of this list.

Silver old VW Golf

After all, it’s one of the best-selling cars in the UK time and time again.

Specifically, the performance-orientated Golf GTI - which first appeared on our roads in 1976 - came fourth in the list overall, thanks to close to 13,000 SORN’d examples.

Ford Fiesta - 57,000+

The humble Ford Fiesta is yet another ever-popular model, and it’s the highest-ranking city car in this list too.

Silver old Ford Fiesta

First revealed back in 1976, the Fiesta has become synonymous with low running costs and great value for money.

A hit with drivers of all ages, it has proved to be a car people keep hold of - even when it’s not on the road. 

Ford Focus - 54,000+

Despite being trumped by its smaller sibling, the larger Ford Focus is still an impressively popular model for the firm, and comes close to the Fiesta in this list despite being released considerably later - the first Focus hit the roads in 1998.

Blue old Ford Focus

The original broke the mould for family cars and it has continued on this path ever since.

Vauxhall Corsa - 48,000+

The Vauxhall Corsa toes a similar line to the Fiesta in its attitude towards fun, affordable and relatively cheap motoring.

Old Vauxhall Corsa

It’s got a great reputation as a young drivers’ car, thanks to its low running costs and cheap insurance.

It’s been a hit with buyers since the 90s, and it continues to be popular.

Peugeot 206 - 29,000+

The Peugeot 206 broke on to the scene in the 1990s, where its sharp styling and involving driving experience made it a hit across the UK.

Red old Peugeot 206

Even though it was sold during a short time period - it was on sale in the UK between 1998 and 2006 - the 206 went down a storm, which is why it’s so high up this list.

Land Rover Discovery - 28,000+

Land Rover’s first ‘entry-level’ model was aimed at families, and the Discovery certainly delivered.

Red Old Land Rover Defender

It’s proved popular thanks to plenty of interior space and equipment, along with its proven go-anywhere ability.

Three generations have arrived in the UK since it first went on sale in 1989, and buyers have lapped each new version up. 

Ford Ka - 26,000+

The Ford Ka comes as yet another small, cheap and easy-to-repair entry on to this list.

blue old Ford Ka

When it was first introduced in 1996 its curvy, head-turning style was an immediate hit, while convertible and sports-orientated versions only helped to expand its appeal. 

Mini - 22,000+

The Minis on the list included many variations - including both Austin and Rover-built models - however of the purely Mini-branded vehicles, there are more than 20,000 currently declared off the road.

Old silver Mini

It’s a hugely popular car while its relatively simple mechanicals make it a go-to choice for those looking to take on a project car.

Mazda MX-5 - 19,000+

The Mazda MX-5 is a sports car loved by enthusiasts across the UK, with its low price point, strong reliability and roof-down driving experience three strong draws to the model.

Mazda MX-5

Earlier MX-5s were prone to rust, but this list proves that despite some foibles many drivers aren’t keen to let their cars go. 

MG B - 14,000+

In what could be seen as a classic precursor to the MX-5, the MG B brings roof-down and low-cost fun.

Old Yellow MG B

In production between 1963 and 1995 - albeit with a large gap in between - the MG B is an iconic British model, and thousands have got the keys for one across the UK. 


If you want to SORN your car find out how in our SORN guide.