Who can access MOT records and for how long?

Who can access MOT records and for how long?

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LDN

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7,999 posts

168 months

Wednesday 8th June 2016
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Can traders access MOT attempts / failures ? And for how long? And can other MOT stations access MOT failures / attempts?

jimi

515 posts

228 months

Wednesday 8th June 2016
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LDN said:
Can traders access MOT attempts / failures ? And for how long? And can other MOT stations access MOT failures / attempts?
Anyone can access this now. Its public information, you only need the registration plate for the car.

https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history

eybic

9,212 posts

139 months

Wednesday 8th June 2016
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Anyone can see the MOT history (my car goes back to 2006)

https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history

Ste1987

1,798 posts

71 months

Wednesday 8th June 2016
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https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/

I'm assuming they'd just use this nowadays. There used to be a website where you needed either the V5 reference no. or latest MOT reference no and it would show who did the MOT, have they done away with this?

eybic

9,212 posts

139 months

Wednesday 8th June 2016
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All you need for the above links are reg and make.

TooMany2cvs

29,008 posts

91 months

Wednesday 8th June 2016
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eybic said:
Anyone can see the MOT history (my car goes back to 2006)
They all go back to the introduction of computerised testing. Every pass, every fail, every advisory that's ever been logged on a computer.

Unless there's been a plate change. That breaks things. rolleyes

LDN

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7,999 posts

168 months

Wednesday 8th June 2016
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Wow! Never knew. Thanks chaps

fivepointnine

708 posts

79 months

Wednesday 8th June 2016
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The website is great, my wife and I used it quite a bit while shopping for our last car. You can tell quite a bit about the owners by how badly it does on MOT, and also use advisories are bargaining tools for when you find a good one.

Jasandjules

66,009 posts

194 months

Wednesday 8th June 2016
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fivepointnine said:
The website is great, my wife and I used it quite a bit while shopping for our last car. You can tell quite a bit about the owners by how badly it does on MOT, and also use advisories are bargaining tools for when you find a good one.
And you can spot some of the time travelling cars who have less mileage now than 5 years ago.........

AJXX1

334 posts

84 months

Wednesday 8th June 2016
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Jasandjules said:
And you can spot some of the time travelling cars who have less mileage now than 5 years ago.........
This is the main reason I use it.

It's alarming to see the amount of cars who have miles listed at like 60-80,000 but in reality the last 2 or 3 MOT's have shown 120,000+ miles.

In my search for a new merc I found at least 8 or 9 had questionable / concerning differences between the advertised miles and the miles actually recorded on the last few MOT's. I didn't realise clocking was as bad as this.

J4CKO

33,555 posts

165 months

Wednesday 8th June 2016
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Jasandjules said:
fivepointnine said:
The website is great, my wife and I used it quite a bit while shopping for our last car. You can tell quite a bit about the owners by how badly it does on MOT, and also use advisories are bargaining tools for when you find a good one.
And you can spot some of the time travelling cars who have less mileage now than 5 years ago.........

vikingaero

5,659 posts

134 months

Wednesday 8th June 2016
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It's a great tool and one that I used on my Daihatsu stbox. Most cars will eat CV joints/bushes at 3-5 years old for example. If it failed on that then it's good to see that it was passed a day later and you are more confident it has been repaired - look under the car and you should see a new set of CV boots.

One car I looked at had continual fails every year with lighting issues that convinced me it wasn't the bulbs.

williamp

17,621 posts

238 months

Wednesday 8th June 2016
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fivepointnine said:
The website is great, my wife and I used it quite a bit while shopping for our last car. You can tell quite a bit about the owners by how badly it does on MOT, and also use advisories are bargaining tools for when you find a good one.
yes its great isn't it. I have saved literally thousands by not spending money I cannot afford on cars I want. Its the voice of reason. The antithesis of man maths. Come to think of it, I hate it. It should be banned

JakeT

4,045 posts

85 months

Wednesday 8th June 2016
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Some MOT advisories tell a good tale too. One I saw on a potential car was 'engine oil level low and engine rattling'. That's a no from me, then!

Riley Blue

17,575 posts

191 months

Wednesday 8th June 2016
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fivepointnine said:
The website is great, my wife and I used it quite a bit while shopping for our last car. You can tell quite a bit about the owners by how badly it does on MOT, and also use advisories are bargaining tools for when you find a good one.
Not just about the owners. For three years my Riley was taken for its MOT when it received its annual service and for three years it passed. Year four it failed due to 'advanced rust close to suspension mountings'. Why? Because the old MOT inspector had retired and his replacement was much more diligent with his probing and had unearthed serious corrosion that the old boy had overlooked.

LDN

Original Poster:

7,999 posts

168 months

Wednesday 8th June 2016
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It's a great tool and I'm not sure how many people know it exists... I didn't until today!

Welshbeef

44,011 posts

163 months

Wednesday 8th June 2016
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Hopefully we will at some point have the same database showing service history too all invoices and works carried out all logged online along with MOTs.

Would take away all questionable services or "service history in the post honest" yet it never appears.


This too will weed out all the crap / stop rogue sellers trying to rip off buyers

rich888

2,610 posts

164 months

Thursday 9th June 2016
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TooMany2cvs said:
eybic said:
Anyone can see the MOT history (my car goes back to 2006)
They all go back to the introduction of computerised testing. Every pass, every fail, every advisory that's ever been logged on a computer.

Unless there's been a plate change. That breaks things. rolleyes
I ought to add that the mileage at each MOT test is also shown on the website which might help combat fraudulent clocking.

Not so sure about your comment on plate changes breaking things because I put a private reg on one of my cars and the MOT history is still displayed correctly for many past years, along will all the advisories and pass/fail results. Is actually very impressive to see this information become readily available.

https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history

Joey Deacon

3,533 posts

141 months

Thursday 9th June 2016
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I use it all the time when looking at cars on eBay now, infact I immediately avoid cars where the number plate is obscured. It is fantastic for spotting the looked after cars that pass year after year compared to the ones that fail and then scrape a pass with a selection of advisories.

Best I found was a 2001 Audi A4 1.9 Tdi with 70k miles on the clock that had never had a single advisory. Worst are Renault Scenics which often badly fail their first MOTs and then have their mileage reset to zero when they have a new dash fitted. Do you think the sellers say it has had a new dash or advertise the false mileage......

Toyota Prius seem to only really fail on tyres and brakes, even the stupidly high mileage ones.


cptsideways

13,220 posts

217 months

Thursday 9th June 2016
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That info is being used to DVLA to notify certain owners their vehicles have been clocked, I have heard it first hand & know of others recently.

However this one will be hard to beat! A customer of my wife were notified by DVLA that their newly built £30k horsebox (on a 5 year old Boxer chassis) had been clocked, from 290,000 back to 70,000. They have just had another one (legit miles) built & delivered by the same guilty suppliers in the Ascot area.