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The classics that will be tax-free and MOT-free
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Re: Older is better :-)

This issue with MOT exemption has been discussed by car owners, Classic Car Clubs and the Classic motoring press for several years with out a definitive conclusion.


Several opinions are that an owner of a 50 + year old car has better knowledge of their vehicle than a MOT tester who wasn't even born when the car was made. However others are of the opinion that most classic owners do not have the knowledge and experience to recognise potentially dangerous wear in their vehicles structure & various components.
From the owners prospective it is one less an annual burden that they don't have, however how many owners have the facilities & tools to check their cars thoroughly?. To get right under a car requires lifting all four wheels off the ground to a sufficient height securely enough to check it without it falling off said jack stands and crushing the owner whilst trying to squeeze underneath with a torch. This alone leads to the complacency theory , for example who is going to check a cars brakes when they replaced various components only a few thousand miles ago, which on average classic car mileages could mean 3-5 years could easily pass between inspections.


From personal prospective and as an owner driver of such a qualifying car, I took my car to my local owner operator independent type depot (and former MOT tester) to give my car a check over for me.
He picked up several worrying items on what I considered a road ready car, including a tyre with a manufacturing defect, & a lazy parking brake which didn't instantly release due to hardened grease and lack of use.


This topic is and will remain a major discussion matter between government, motoring organisations, owners clubs, journalists, owners and insurance companies for many years to come.
Unfortunately at some time, someone is going to get seriously injured and/or sadly killed, either whilst trying to inspect their car using inappropriate lifting equipment or on the road when some overlooked component fails etc., and the whole discussion starts again.......


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Re: Older is better :-)

a guy i am doing some work for is going to give a talk on this next week to a club
he has built cars from just a chassis just as a hobbie but as with most things there are good and bad points
i love looking in his garage well whats left as due to age he is selling everything he cant do the work on them any more if i get time i will take a picture of the one he has left
most owners will only cover 100 miles a year the rest of the time they are in a warm garage others are in daily use
personally i think it should go on 3 years or 10000/15000 miles for an mot that way it covers both arguments
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the mrs mgf is insured under a classic and has a limit of i think 6000 miles a year but she has only done i think 7000 in five years or is it 4 years that she has owned it
so insurance could help in the mot talks ie if it is covered by a classic insurance then 3 years if not every year
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No MOT on a car would leave me worried as to the safety of such a vehicle....Would an owner maybe discover a defect tthen say "cant find or afford the parts but doesn't matter I dont need an MOT" ...to even contemplate such a move and allow a no MOT rule is ludicrous
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No MOT on a car would leave me worried as to the safety of such a vehicle....Would an owner maybe discover a defect tthen say "cant find or afford the parts but doesn't matter I dont need an MOT" ...to even contemplate such a move and allow a no MOT rule is ludicrous
very good point as most would repair but it only takes one
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