It is easy to check a vehicle's MOT status and history online. This is worthwhile if
you are considering buying a particular machine. The online service enables you to
confirm whether its certificate is legal, whether it passed first time, and whether the test
highlighted any 'advisory' repairs. It is possible to view this information historically too,
helping create an overview of the vehicle's previous reliability and likely future costs. For
example, 'advisory' work on the brakes and suspension suggests large bills are imminent.
To access the MOT database visit www.direct.gov.uk. Continue by selecting 'motoring',
then 'MOT', then 'check your vehicle's MOT status and history online'. Simply enter the
vehicle's registration number and the MOT certificate test number. This can be found on
either the VT20 pass certificate or the VT30 refusal document. If these are unavailable try
the reference number on the V5C registration certificate (log book).
Check a Vehicle's MOT Status Now
By Stephen Turvil, motoring.co.uk