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#1 OFFLINE   laser wheels

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 09:50 PM

Saw an interesting* bit of chod so went to check the MOT history - only shows the newest MOT and nothing else since first registered in 1995. Any ideas why that may be, anyone?



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Posted 25 January 2016 - 09:52 PM

Private plates confuse it a lot - has it had one for a while and recently been put back on its original reg?

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 09:52 PM

Could the car have been off the road since before '06? It does have rather low miles!



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Posted 25 January 2016 - 09:52 PM

Doovla had some well publicised computer issues around MOTs at some point last year, possibly got messed up or something?

 

Post up the reg and I'm sure some internet Sherlocks will get to the bottom of it for you.


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Posted 25 January 2016 - 09:53 PM

Private plates confuse it a lot - has it had one for a while and recently been put back on its original reg?

 

Never thought of that one!



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Posted 25 January 2016 - 09:54 PM

Also, http://www.ukvehicle.com/is quite good at discovering previous platage for free.


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Posted 25 January 2016 - 10:00 PM

Tis this 'ere:

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT


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Posted 25 January 2016 - 10:00 PM

Also, http://www.ukvehicle.com/is quite good at discovering previous platage for free.

 

Thanks for that. One to bookmark.



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Posted 25 January 2016 - 10:06 PM

Interesting... Currently SORN and previously linked to the (current?) reg of an MGB GT. Searched under that and - bingo! - found it's MOT history that way. Hasn't moved much in the last few years, mind you!



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Posted 25 January 2016 - 10:10 PM

Interesting, never knew Herman had a private plate before, now on a 13 plate Discovery, someone is doing all right for themselves!

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 10:11 PM

Was about to post but you've come to the same conclusion, 07-11 MOTs are under old reg with only 10k covered in that time.


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 12:05 AM

This is really interesting - my AMC had a different reg - suspect it got sold as it was short and now have an age-related non original.  Before short reg numbers were worth anything it looks like they got issued to Yank cars so they could fit them on the plates.


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 02:49 AM

Also, http://www.ukvehicle.com/is quite good at discovering previous platage for free.


I can't be the only one who looks up there old cars too see what became their fate. Is there a free site that tells you when a car got scrapped? At best I can see my old Punto must have died in 2009, no more tax or MOT's after that.
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Posted 26 January 2016 - 08:44 AM

I can't be the only one who looks up there old cars too see what became their fate. Is there a free site that tells you when a car got scrapped? At best I can see my old Punto must have died in 2009, no more tax or MOT's after that.

Don't think so I'm afraid, I've checked some that I know to be scrapped on various sites and they come up as not found.
As you've seen, if the car is off road but not officially scrapped you can see when it was last tested etc.

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 09:54 AM

Does anyone know how quickly the government website gets updated? Have seen a few cars with brand new MOTs that have yet to be recorded on the database...


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 10:50 AM

I can't be the only one who looks up there old cars too see what became their fate. Is there a free site that tells you when a car got scrapped? At best I can see my old Punto must have died in 2009, no more tax or MOT's after that.


Thanks for posting this, looked up some of our old cars, they seem to have cached some gumtree ads too,

Is there a site to search old ads online, eg eBay, gumtree etc by reg?

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 11:46 AM

Have found it to be pretty instant, as in had a car tested while I was at work and looked up the fail sheet online the same day before the car had even been picked up.


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 11:54 AM

That's interesting, sounds like a few vendors then are being a bit cheeky.

 

I imagine all MOT stations are 'online' these days now...(a few years back I used to get a test 'off the record' get problems solved and then only record the pass on the system....) 


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 01:29 PM

That's interesting, sounds like a few vendors then are being a bit cheeky.

 

I imagine all MOT stations are 'online' these days now...(a few years back I used to get a test 'off the record' get problems solved and then only record the pass on the system....) 

 

You can still get that done. Just had one done on the Ka as a 'health check' (MOT not due until July!) as it was cheaper than an hours labour!


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 04:05 PM

That Total Car Check thing has stopped giving free checks for me. (Might work if I clear cookies). But another way to get a free CAT C/D check is to generate a "For Sale" ad on Autotrader.  Punch in the reg, go through the first stage, and your draft AD appears on the RHS of the page with a CAT C or CAT D tag, if it's on the hit list.


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 04:39 PM

Is there a site to search old ads online, eg eBay, gumtree etc by reg?


You could try the waybackmachine site

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 08:35 PM

That Total Car Check thing has stopped giving free checks for me. (Might work if I clear cookies). But another way to get a free CAT C/D check is to generate a "For Sale" ad on Autotrader.  Punch in the reg, go through the first stage, and your draft AD appears on the RHS of the page with a CAT C or CAT D tag, if it's on the hit list.

 

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 08:52 PM

The data behind the MOT history checker site is not without its flaws and maybe should be taken as a guide only, albeit a useful one. There are mistakes in it - in much the same way as there are problems in the data used by 'How many left'. My own car's MOT history is not correct on the site, having somehow been merged with another car's history. The DVLA have managed to make my car look like it has been clocked. Though this matters less to me in practical terms than it would to some people since I will never sell the car, it is still very annoying. There is a thread on Piston heads about problems like this with the database - it seems I am very far from alone in my car having corrupted data ascribed to it.


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 08:56 PM

Also, http://www.ukvehicle.com/is quite good at discovering previous platage for free.

 

 

This is a very useful site - but if there is a change of registration plate it can sometimes give you the registration of the other car the registration was transferred from, rather than the registration your car had before its current registration was put on.


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 09:10 PM

Here's the complete history for my 1983 Suzuki Alto

 

MOT history of this vehicle
  • Test date22 January 2016
  • Expiry date21 January 2017
  • Test ResultPass
  • Odometer reading56,110 miles
  • MOT test number9652 4919 6212
  • Advisory notice item(s)
    nearside rear inner Body has slight corrosion lower wheel arch (6.1.B.2)
    nearside Steering system has slight free play detected at steering wheel (2.2.A.1b)
  • Test date14 November 2014
  • Expiry date13 November 2015
  • Test ResultPass
  • Odometer reading54,168 miles
  • MOT test number9762 6821 4357


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 09:53 PM

So one of my old cars, a 1996 Escort Si (P457 SEU) shows as last being MoT'd in 2009 and the Tax ran out in 2010. At it's last MoT it was presented with frontal damage. There is no way to check for definite that it's been scrapped without having to pay then?


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 10:00 PM

I use a Android app called Total car check which I'd recommend.

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 10:12 PM

That stupid online checker thingy for some utterly pointless British MoT, that best is scrapped altogether, becomes extremely important for my next purchase.

I mean, who in his right mind doesn't want to know, whether the £250 quid shite he intends to buy needed a numberplate light bulb within the past decade?

Or even worse - failed because it endangered the lives of nuns and kittens because the letters were incorrectly spaced on the numberplate for a quarter century?


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 10:22 PM

It's more of a picture of how the cars been looked after... Year after year of repeated advisiories for shagged tyres, 'generally corroded underneath' and 'excessive blue dense smoke' says all you need to know. I'm not interested about track rod ends and a fail about a handbrake etc but recent fails on multiple welding action tells me to fuck it off.
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Posted 26 January 2016 - 10:24 PM

Yeah, all this is extremely* important* to know about the next 250 quid shite I buy.

Or the next P6 V8 wreck that was off her mayonnaise's roads for a decade or three.

Mind you, haunted is a different story, but it doesn't show up in MoT history.

I couldn't possibly give a lesser shit about some good for nothing MoT history.


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