How do I check my MOT history?

Thursday 12th October 2023

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Looking to find out how to check a vehicle's MOT history? Take a look at our guide to find out how and learn more about what’s included. 

Why check the MOT history? 

Checking the MOT history of a vehicle is important for all drivers in the UK, particularly when you purchase a new vehicle. The vehicle’s MOT history contains indications as to how well the vehicle has been maintained, while also advising you of any serious faults. This can provide you with peace of mind that your vehicle is legal and safe to drive on the road, as well as help you to spot any potential issues before they worsen and become more costly to fix.  

What is the importance of an MOT test? 

It is a legal requirement for all vehicles in the UK, unless exempt, to undergo an annual MOT test. This consists of a series of checks to ensure your vehicle is roadworthy and complies with regulations. An MOT test also assists in identifying any potential issues with a vehicle before they become more serious, helping to keep the car in good shape.  

This lowers the chances of mechanical failures when driving, reducing the chance of a breakdown or an accident. Overall, an annual MOT test is crucial for vehicle maintenance and importantly, contributes  to the safety of drivers, passengers, and other motorists on the road. 

How do I check my MOT history? 

You can easily check your vehicle’s MOT history from the website. You will be prompted to enter the  vehicle registration number, and once confirmed correct, you will then be presented with your MOT test history. 

What’s included on the MOT test history check? 

As well as your vehicle’s MOT history, you can also receive further information on your MOT status. 

MOT test history 

The MOT history of your vehicle is available through the Government’s free online service and will show you: 

  • MOT test number – a 12-digit number used for reference. 
  • Pass or fail status – this will show you if your vehicle has passed or failed its previous MOTs. 
  • Test date – this shows both the Failed and Passed dates of your previous MOT tests. 
  • Test certificate – there’s the option to view your vehicle’s test certificate, but it’s important to note, you’ll need the V5C number – the 11 digits from your vehicle logbook. 
  • Expiry date – this indicates when your vehicle’s current MOT certificate expires. 
  • Test location – you also have the option to view the test location, however this requires the V5C number. 
  • MOT Information – this refers to any defects or advisories flagged during your last MOT test. For example, your vehicle may have passed its MOT, but includes an advisory of the front brake pads notably wearing thin. Find out more about MOT advisories and what they mean here. 

Vehicle mileage check 

The mileage of a vehicle is also available online and is displayed in the MOT history section of the website. This is recorded at the time of the MOT taking place. If you are looking to buy a new car, we recommend  looking at this section to check the mileage of the vehicle and ensure the vehicle isn’t involved in ‘car clocking’. This is when someone changes the mileage of the odometer to make it look like the car has driven fewer miles than it has. 

Outstanding vehicle recalls

This section will also highlight to you if there are any outstanding safety recalls found on the vehicle, which is information that is provided by the vehicle manufacturer. If there are no outstanding safety recalls, this section will state ‘No outstanding safety recalls found’. 

Ready to book in for your MOT? Find your local Formula One Autocentre now and book your MOT online with us today. Alternatively, find out more MOT advice from our news section, or fill in our online customer service form here. 

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