When you're thinking about buying a used car, it's vital you know as much as possible about it before committing to a purchase. Above all else, the most important thing is to check MOT history. This will significantly reduce the chances of any nasty surprises a few miles down the line.
You can check MOT history for any vehicle via the gov.uk site. By doing this you'll find out:
The site can be used to check MOT history post 2005 for all vehicles in England, Scotland and Wales.
Before you check MOT history, make sure you've got the vehicle's registration number to hand. Test results are available to view the moment the test station posts them online.
Once your car reaches three years old, the law states it will need to have an MOT test on an annual basis to prove it's in a fit state to travel on UK roads. The test examines your vehicles for any potential safety issues, its general roadworthiness, and to make sure it complies with UK emissions legislation.
Nothing. Checking any vehicle's MOT history is completely free and can be done via the gov.uk website.
An MOT test with Servicing Stop cost £17 with a service - £35 without.
If your car fails you can have it retested for free providing you do so within ten working days.
You can find out what will be inspected on your model of car via our website.
Absolutely. You can take your MOT up to a month before its due date. If you do take it early the time remaining until your current certificate expires will be added to the new one.