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CHECKING MOTs

Ah, the MOT... a single piece of paper that is hugely misunderstood. But it can be of great help to the car buyer IF looked upon correctly.

MOT Test Certificate



THE MOT IS...

...a physical safety test completed at a government-approved MOT centre. It is required on every car's 3rd birthday and every 12 months after that.


THE MOT IS NOT...

...a guarantee that a car is in good condition. But if a car passes an MOT (Ministry of Transport) Test fairly, then it does point to the basic parts being safe overall.

Of course, a car that has non-safety-related issues such as overheating or a damaged engine may still pass. Also, if the seller knows some 'dodgy geezers' who run an MOT centre, you will be amazed at what they can get away with.


THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE MOT CERTIFICATE

Half way down the right-hand side of the green MOT pass certificate is a tiny little box that says, "Advisory Notice Issued". If this reads, "YES"...

MOT Test Certificate


...then there should also be an orange-coloured Advisory Note which will list items that, although not failures, are still faults with the car.

MOT Test Advisory Notice


Many crafty car sellers will destroy the Advisory Notice hoping that you will not spot the tiny "YES" on the green pass certificate. They do this as the Advisory Note may point to money needing to be spent on the car. (The above Advisory Notice equates to around 600 of repairs!)


WWW.MOTINFO.GOV.UK

But you can always be even craftier! The government now lists the history of all cars' current and old MOTs online. All you need is the car's Registration Number and the MOT Test Number from the current MOT (shown in the top left most box).

Just go to www.motinfo.gov.uk, enter the site, select 'Request History', enter the car details and have a browse through the details of the MOTs.
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Don't worry, it will MOT be long until you hear from me again!

ASHLEY

Ashley Winston
(Founder & Owner)

PALMDALE'S BARGAIN
OF THE WEEK

Audi A4 Avant
Audi A4 Avant

The brief:
"Please help me buy an Audi A4 estate to replace our fast-dying old banger."

How much it should have cost:
CAP Black Book = 19,350

We bought it for = 16,500!

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WHY I LOVE THE...

Mazda MX-5
Mazda MX-5

This is the most fun you can have for the money, and yet still use the car every day. Usable MX-5s start at just 1,500 and you can get a cracker for 3,000. My favourite is the first version (pictured). You feel as if the car is just an extension of your body and I think it looks far better than the later models. Yes, this is the best British sports car ever built... just a shame it is actually Japanese.

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At Palmdale we specialise in taking all the hassle out of the car buying process:

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  • YOU tell us exactly what car you want
  • WE search for every available car in the UK that meets your description
  • WE negotiate with the seller
  • WE make sure that the car is perfect
  • WE collect the car and bring it to your door
  • YOU enjoy your new wheels for many years to come

These newsletters are our attempt to teach you everything we know about car buying; however, if you would like us to find and buy your next car for you, all you have to do is ask!

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