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  1. disco_stu01

    disco_stu01 disco_stu01

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    Hi, just wondering if anyone can explain to me how long before you have to take your car for an MOT, am confused and have a 53 plate 2004 audi A3. Doesn't need service til another 5000 miles

    Thanks
     
  2. h5djr

    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A3

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    Your car needs to have an MOT Test when it is 3 years old based on the date of first registration.
     
  3. disco_stu01

    disco_stu01 disco_stu01

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    cheers, thought so!!
     
  4. steve184

    steve184 Active Member

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    ...so if you don't already have an MOT on your 53 plate and have never done so you are illegal and have been for some time.
     
  5. marms

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    The date a service is due has nothing to do with the MOT.

    In the UK a car must have a MOT 36 months after the date of first registration and then every 12 months thereafter.

    So if you car is a 53 plate it must have been registered between Sept 03 and March 04.

    So if you don't currently hold a MOT certificate for the car then it is on the road illegally.
     
  6. Amchlolor

    Amchlolor Active Member

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    Driving a car without an MOT will invalidate your insurance,because the car is not roadworthy.
    People often think the same of roadtax,but that's not the case.
    Provided your car is MOT'd a lack of roadtax is a taxation issue,not a roadworthiness issue,and your insurance would still have to pay out.

    Unlike roadtax,you will not get any indication your MOT is due.
    It is 100% your responsibility.
     
  7. disco_stu01

    disco_stu01 disco_stu01

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    wow chill people, know it wasn't good and yes my responsibility 100%, honest mistake, booked and taken in for MOT today!
     
  8. Amchlolor

    Amchlolor Active Member

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    It'll need brake pipes.
    Or track rod ends.
    Bushes.

    All taken from the 'mechanic's compendium of unproveable and debatable MOT charges'

    It hasn't been updated since 1973.
     
  9. h5djr

    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A3

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    I've only kept 2 cars long enough to need an MOT since 1976 but my wife has had 3 cars for 3+ years and the most we've ever had is a rear number plate bulb not working. They changed the bulb and passed it as OK.

    All of the cars were from either Volkwagen or Audi.
     
  10. Amchlolor

    Amchlolor Active Member

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    I've had cars that needed sweet fanny adams to pass,like the wife's Honda.
    It doesn't mean I don't hear stories of MOT failures for the same old **** popping up all the time.
    Always tends to be bits that your average owner couldn't even point to,never mind agree are knackered.
    Anyone can spot a blown bulb (should spot it before the test),but hardly anyone will argue if they say "cuffed track rod ends mate".
    9/10 will just say "replace them".

    Cha-ching...
     
  11. h5djr

    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A3

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    Agreed, that's why you should always take you car to a testing station that you trust if at all possible. We take ours to a local tyre depot run by a father and son. We know them quite well having bought most of our tyres from them recently over the lasy 10 or so years and they only do MOTs, tyres and exhausts, so they have no interest in saying things like the track rods are duff to get work as they cannot replace them themselves.
     
  12. disco_stu01

    disco_stu01 disco_stu01

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    It passed fine, need no work what so ever!!
     

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