Buying a car is indeed a matter of pride. Used cars can help solve your budget and transport issues. However, you will have to visit trustworthy portals that have provisions for ‘check my mot’. This is a must if you plan to buy a second-hand vehicle directly from its owner. Checking MOT will ensure you make safe investments and do not face legal hassles later on.
Tips to follow to make a wise purchase
You can either log onto to U.K. government’s official or any trustworthy site to check the vehicle’s history. However, before starting to check my mot, the seller should provide you with the car’s model, make, MOT test, and registration number.
- MOT history: You need to check the car’s history and MOT status before buying. It should match perfectly with the provided details. In advance, you are to know the registration number. It allows you to identify the following:
- Last tested mileage recorded
- If the vehicle had failed/passed previous tests
- Next MOT due
- Which parts had not passed at each test including those parts with minor issues?
- Origin of each test
- DVLA information: By using the registration number, you can get to know the following:
- MOT expiry date
- Current tax expiry date
- SORN status
- Initial registration date
- Engine size
- Current tax rate
- CO2 emissions
- Manufacturing year
- Safety aspects: It is important to find out if the vehicle has got any manufacturer recall at any point in time. This can be due to some serious safety issues. The manufacturer bears the responsibility to replace or fix such issues without any charge to owners, past or present. You should check thoroughly to find out if recalls were made of the vehicle, accessory or part.
- Not stolen: If it is a stolen car, then even after buying it, you do not become its rightful owner. Rather, you tend to lose your investments and the vehicle if the police recover it. Such unwanted situations can be avoided by carrying out basic checks on the vehicle.
- Request for ‘log book’, referred to as V5C registration certificate. It should have an authentic ‘DVL’ watermark. Also, the serial number should not be B12305501 – B12800000 or BG8229501 – BG9999030. If you find that the vehicle has any of the above-mentioned numbers, then it could probably be a stolen one.
- Try to match the owner-provided details with that of the logbook.
- Check engine number and VIN (vehicle identification number). Match details with logbook. VIN can be located on the side door jamb of the driver, dashboard near windscreen’s bottom part, or within the engine compartment. You may also avail of paid services to check insurance and Police National Computer databases for theft.
- Not written off: Driving a written-off vehicle will not be safe. Perhaps, it could suffer from several underlying issues that might only cost you a fortune. Vehicles marked Category A or B should not be taken out on the road.
Use the check my mot option on Checkreg.net and enjoy peace of mind on owning a used car of your choice.