When investing in a car, it is important to look at the cars past MOT certificates, so you know what you are actually buying. It will help you understand what condition the car is currently in and whether the car’s state has altered over time. However, if the car is under three years old, no past MOT certificates will be available, since a car needs only to be tested every year from its third year. Remember, when buying a used car to immediately ask for the current MOT certificate from the seller, otherwise it might not be roadworthy.
The past MOT certificates will demonstrate that the car has met environmental and road safety standards, however, it does not mean that the vehicle is safe and roadworthy for the full year the certificate is valid. It is only a confirmation of the fact that vehicle is roadworthy at that time. Hence, changes to the car can occur after the test for that year are completed, so its very important that the used car is checked out for any damages at the point of sale. Neither does the test check the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox, so it may be also of great importance to have these checked out. The MOT test will, however, examine:
1.The condition of the body and vehicle structure;
2.The fuel system;
3.The exhaust system;
4.Lights, doors, mirrors, the load security and the bonnet;
5.Brakes, tyres and wheels;
6.Wipers and washers and the windscreen;
7.Steering and suspension, the horn, seat belts and the seats.
8.The MOT test will also analyse the car’s fuel emissions, as well as inspect the registration plate and the car’s Vehicle Identification Number.
When looking at past MOT tests, it’s important to look for dramatic changes from year to year. A good way to discover any alterations to the car’s state is to check that MOT mileage records are in line with service records and to ensure that the mileage has increased at a consistent rate each year.
It’s always best to ask the seller for the certificate; however, if the seller can not provide the current certificate at the present time, it might be best to check online before you buy. All you need to provide is the test number from the MOT certificate and the document reference number from the registration certificate (V5C). If you are looking for the car’s MOT history, then a quick ring to VOSA will give you all the information you need, including the list of repairs recommended at the point of MOT.
A quick look at past MOT certificate will enable you to make a valid judgment on the performance of the car. However, if you are still worried about deterioration since the last MOT, it’s a good idea to have the car checked over either before or after purchase. If the MOT is soon to run out after purchase, then make an appointment with you local test centre immediately.