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.
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"...
...then there should also be an orange-coloured Advisory Note which will list items that,
although not failures, are still faults with the car.
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!)
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
Don't worry, it will MOT be long until you hear from me again!
(Founder & Owner)
OF THE WEEK
Audi A4 Avant
"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!
WHY I LOVE THE...
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.