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What is an MOT test?

The MOT test is the annual test all vehicles over three years old (four years in N.Ireland) must pass in order to be able to drive on UK roads.

What can I find out from a vehicles MOT history?

It's a great insight into the vehicles past, it shows if a vehicle failed it's MOT and why, and if there are any issues that might need attention shortly, these are called "advisories" or "minor defects". It also shows the mileages recorded on the vehicles odometer when the vehicle was tested, this can be great for tracking how a vehicle has been used over the years.

Why might a vehicle fail its MOT?

Since May 2018 a vehicles may fail for reasons categorised as either "Major" or "Dangerous". To read more see https://mattersoftesting.blog.gov.uk/how-the-new-mot-defect-categories-will-work). Examples of these are tyres with very low tread, brakes that are defective or lights that don't work properly, all things that could stop you from driving safely day-to-day.

How can MOT history help me?

We show you how many days are left on any MOT on the vehicle, as well as average mileages per year, any mileage anomalies that might suggest the vehicle has been 'clocked' (i.e. had its mileage illegally reduced), as well as full details of all past MOT's, this should help you build a picture of the vehicles usage, health and cost of repair in the future.

MOT History Check Guide

The MOT history check is crucially important to discovering if a vehicle is suitable for purchase.

The first thing you should check is that the vehicle has a valid MOT, without one it may not be legal for the vehicle to be on the road at all.

Next, you are going to want to check what's been happening in recent MOT's. Are there any advisories outstanding?

These are issues with the vehicle that the MOT garage has highlighted for your attention. It can be something like low tyre tread depth.

Go ahead, get your free MOT history check and see what you find...

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