The used car market can be a minefield. What can look a safe bet on the listing or forecourt can have all manner of defects and when you look a bit closer. The best way to do this is to check MOT history online. You can do this for free via gov.uk where the post-2005 MOT history can be found for any vehicle in England, Scotland or Wales. All you need is the vehicle’s registration number.
For any vehicle - check MOT history online by clicking the button below. Test results are available to view the moment the MOT tester posts them online.
What you’ll find out:
When considering purchasing a used car, a comprehensive background check can be obtained if you check MOT history online.
British law states that if a vehicle is over 3 years old it requires an annual MOT test to confirm its safety, roadworthiness and emissions output.
Yes, providing you do not interfere.
You can have it retested for free within 10 days at the same test centre.
Yes. We charge £17 for an MOT with a service; £35 without (see what we’ve done there!)
Yes. The remaining time is rolled over onto your new test certificate.
The following is checked during an MOT test: Vehicle identification number, registration plate, lights, steering and suspension, wipers and washers, windscreen, horn, seatbelts, seats, fuel system, exhaust emissions, exhaust system, vehicle structure, doors, mirrors, wheels and tyres, brakes. Depending on the model, other items may be included. For a comprehensive MOT inspection schedule - select your vehicle here.
You can. The remaining time will be rolled over onto the new certificate.