How to MOT history check a Northern Ireland car

How to MOT history check a Northern Ireland car

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Accelerated

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966 posts

182 months

Monday 19th June 2017
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Hi all

As above

How to MOT history check a Northern Ireland car?

I've tried the plate in various car checker sites and nothing comes up

Any help much appreciated!

TooMany2cvs

29,008 posts

81 months

Monday 19th June 2017
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You can't, without previous certificates.

Accelerated

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966 posts

182 months

Monday 19th June 2017
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Wow they are that behind? Oh dear

nicanary

7,469 posts

101 months

Monday 19th June 2017
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Accelerated said:
Wow they are that behind? Oh dear
MOTs in NI are not done by authorised garages, but carried out at Government-run test centres. They are usually VERY thorough. No back-street garage shenanigans here, it's done by an offshoot of the DVLA. Proper engineers in white coats.

Having said that, since the NI DVLA has been reduced to a shell, and licensing has been transferred to Swansea, I can't see why the MOT histories can't also be transferred to central records.

Accelerated

Original Poster:

966 posts

182 months

Monday 19th June 2017
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Well that is a good thing or maybe a bad thing if your running a shed

Accelerated

Original Poster:

966 posts

182 months

Monday 19th June 2017
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Well that is a good thing or maybe a bad thing if your running a shed

TooMany2cvs

29,008 posts

81 months

Monday 19th June 2017
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nicanary said:
I can't see why the MOT histories can't also be transferred to central records.
They're on a different test list, too - and aren't needed until four years.

So it'd be a fairly major overhaul to just expand the GB system in to cover UK. But it would make a LOT of sense...

daemon

26,755 posts

152 months

Monday 19th June 2017
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Accelerated said:
Wow they are that behind? Oh dear
I'd say our MOT system here is a lot better than the hit or miss / throw your mate a few bob and he'll pass it setup on the mainland.


nicanary

7,469 posts

101 months

Monday 19th June 2017
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daemon said:
Accelerated said:
Wow they are that behind? Oh dear
I'd say our MOT system here is a lot better than the hit or miss / throw your mate a few bob and he'll pass it setup on the mainland.
Exactly the point I was making. Tough but fair. Keeps dodgy back-street deals out of the equation.

TooMany2cvs

29,008 posts

81 months

Monday 19th June 2017
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daemon said:
I'd say our MOT system here is a lot better than the hit or miss / throw your mate a few bob and he'll pass it setup on the mainland.
That might have been the case in the 80s, but it certainly isn't the case now.

GC8

18,798 posts

145 months

Monday 19th June 2017
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nicanary said:
Accelerated said:
Wow they are that behind? Oh dear
MOTs in NI are not done by authorised garages, but carried out at Government-run test centres. They are usually VERY thorough. No back-street garage shenanigans here, it's done by an offshoot of the DVLA. Proper engineers in white coats.

Having said that, since the NI DVLA has been reduced to a shell, and licensing has been transferred to Swansea, I can't see why the MOT histories can't also be transferred to central records.
Corruption is rife!

Accelerated

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966 posts

182 months

Monday 19th June 2017
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On a side note, why are the NI cars so much cheaper, for example I'm looking at a z4 and it's a fair deal cheaper then any main land car, is it a hassle to register? Will I need another MOT here ?

TooMany2cvs

29,008 posts

81 months

Monday 19th June 2017
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Accelerated said:
On a side note, why are the NI cars so much cheaper, for example I'm looking at a z4 and it's a fair deal cheaper then any main land car, is it a hassle to register? Will I need another MOT here ?
Registration is no different to any other UK car.
The MOT is valid until the expiry date, just like any other UK car.

It's cheaper because people are halfwits and don't understand that NI is part of the same country, and because there's a ferry needed.

JuniorD

7,450 posts

178 months

Monday 19th June 2017
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TooMany2cvs said:
Accelerated said:
On a side note, why are the NI cars so much cheaper, for example I'm looking at a z4 and it's a fair deal cheaper then any main land car, is it a hassle to register? Will I need another MOT here ?
Registration is no different to any other UK car.
The MOT is valid until the expiry date, just like any other UK car.

It's cheaper because people are halfwits and don't understand that NI is part of the same country, and because there's a ferry needed.
Probably also cheaper as unaffected by the NI derv price-premium!

Odhran

546 posts

138 months

Monday 19th June 2017
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Accelerated said:
On a side note, why are the NI cars so much cheaper, for example I'm looking at a z4 and it's a fair deal cheaper then any main land car, is it a hassle to register? Will I need another MOT here ?
Everyone here wants diesel exec saloons. If you aren't selling one, you're wasting your time. 90% of which come from UK at 3 years old and 90/100k. Petrol cars such as your z4 would be slow sellers hence cheaper price.

Odhran

546 posts

138 months

Tuesday 20th June 2017
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Also, call up any MOT centre and they usually are happy to tell you the mileage of last few MOT's over the phone. Details on DVLA website.

Accelerated

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182 months

Wednesday 21st June 2017
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Thanks guys, bought the car, arriving tomorrow!!!!