Do I Need An MOT For My Classic Car?

What happens if I have no MOT on my car?

Don’t be – driving without an MOT certificate will not only put you at risk of a large fine, it would also invalidate your car insurance.

So, there are serious consequences.

Driving with an expired MOT certificate essentially means your car is unroadworthy.

Technically and legally, it’s not safe to drive..

Is my vehicle tax and MOT exempt?

If the MoT for a vehicle more than 40 years old expires before its next taxation anniversary, the DVLA computer and therefore the police will recognize it as MoT exempt until the taxation date. If the owner declares it as a VHI at that point, it will continue to be exempt.

Can I drive my car without MOT if it’s booked in?

The simple answer is, no. If your vehicle is more than three years old, you can’t drive without an MOT unless you’re on the way to the garage for your pre-booked MOT appointment. Hoping to use this excuse if you’re caught on the way to work? Be warned – if stopped, you’ll need proof of your appointment.

How much does an MOT cost?

MOT test costs are limited – for cars it’s £54.85. Companies can only charge up to the official maximum for an MOT. Many companies promote cheaper tests, which isn’t surprising when you consider that often this guarantees they get the repair business too.

Is your insurance invalid without MOT?

So as long as your car is roadworthy, you’ll be able to insure it. And your insurance will (usually) still be valid if your MOT expires – as long as the car’s fit to drive. That means, if you were caught driving without an MOT and got a fine because of it, you wouldn’t also get a fine for driving without insurance.

Should I keep old MOT certificates?

The short answer: no. If your car is over three years old, the law dictates it must undergo an MOT test. … The only circumstances during which you can legally drive the car on public roads after this date is to the test centre, and to an area for repairs should they be needed.

Why are old cars exempt from MOT?

You do not need to get an MOT if: the vehicle was built or first registered more than 40 years ago. no ‘substantial changes’ have been made to the vehicle in the last 30 years, for example replacing the chassis, body, axles or engine to change the way the vehicle works.

Do you pay tax on cars over 25 years old?

As well as generally looking fantastic, classic cars that are more than 40 years old are actually exempt from vehicle tax altogether. The exemption originally applied to any vehicle over 25 years old on the basis that they would be incapable of racking up much mileage.

Can I declare MOT exemption online?

If this is the first time applying for the historic vehicle class, you cannot claim exemption online. This must be done at your local Post Office. … You will be required to complete a V112 declaration form to declare MoT exemption.

Can the police tell if your MOT has expired?

A vehicle that does not have a valid MOT test certificate has its registration details automatically passed onto the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) of police vehicles.

Does my car need an MOT certificate?

Every vehicle that is three-years-old or over must have a current MOT test certificate and you must renew this once a year. … All you need is your vehicle registration number and we can tell you straight away if the vehicle has a valid certificate and when your MOT expires.

Is my motorbike tax and MOT exempt?

This means that vehicles, including motorcycles, are MOT and VED-exempt when they reach 40 years of age. Last Spring when the rules were changed, pre-1978 cars and motorcycles essentially became free to own, apart from fuel and insurance expenses of course.

What documents do I need for MOT?

Before you attend your MOT, it would be helpful to have both your current MOT certificate and V5C Vehicle Registration Document with you. Even if you can’t find either of these, your test centre should be able to find your details on their system.

At what age does a car no longer require an MOT?

40-years oldCurrently, owners of all cars registered after 1960 need to put their car through the annual MOT test. From May 2018, cars that are more than 40-years old (first registered in 1978) will no longer need an MOT certificate.

How do I claim tax and MOT exemption?

Apply for a vehicle tax exemption You need to take: the log book (V5C) in your name. your vehicle tax reminder letter (V11), if you have one. an MOT certificate that’s valid when the tax starts, or evidence if your vehicle’s exempt from an MOT (V112)