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 Post subject: New MOT exempt thing
PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:24 pm 
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This has been 'clarified' https://www.autoclassics.com/posts/news/uk-government-releases-historic-mot-rules-and-it-s-good-news-1

I wonder what the downside of declaring the mini VHI (vehicle of historic interest) and thereby exempting it from an MOT? I mean, it's not hard to get an MOT on a well cared for Mini, and not that expensive?

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 Post subject: Re: New MOT exempt thing
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 Post subject: Re: New MOT exempt thing
PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:48 pm 
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Biggest issue for Mini's on MOT's are rear brake efficiency in my experience.


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 Post subject: Re: New MOT exempt thing
PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:48 pm 
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I would be interested in the general consensus on this forum as to what people intend doing with regard to MOTing or not.

Looking at the link, I fear my Mk3 S will still need an MOT as it has a beam type axle and coil overs on the rear. Have been meaning to put a subframe on but never got around to it! Mind you I'm quite happy to get the car tested annually anyway.

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 Post subject: Re: New MOT exempt thing
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I think one factor is to check with our insurers to see their stance.

If any of mine are laid up for more than just the winter period, I think an MOT would be useful, although I'm capable of checking them over anyway and Dad used to be an MOT tester back in the day.


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 Post subject: Re: New MOT exempt thing
PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:26 pm 
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At work we still MOT everything, I’ll do the same with my cars as well.


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 Post subject: Re: New MOT exempt thing
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I say that if the MoT test cost was reduced pro-rata to reflect the far less amount of work that 40 year old cars are exempt from testing in any case, such as the emissions, I'd take mine in for peace of mind. But I'm not paying £40 for the price of a rolling road test brake test when I can do the rest of it myself. Just my take on things


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I'll be getting mine checked over regardless, its just piece of mind for me and the chance to get it up on a ramp for inspection.

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 Post subject: Re: New MOT exempt thing
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I will continue to get mine MOT'd. I don't think having somebody independent looking over the car once a year to check it is still safe enough to use on the road is a bad thing. In the scheme of things £40 and a bit of my time taking it is no big deal.


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 Post subject: Re: New MOT exempt thing
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So that's most Mini's (40 year old ones) OK for exemption unless you've popped an engine from a different source in, (unless you have an argument this was for environmental reasons) I'm sure your friendly local MOT station will run cars through without logging them onto the system if people want them checked.

Now the questions are, will insurance companies offer a discount if a car has an MOT (which would have to be more than the cost of the test to make it worthwhile), will a mileage / usage restriction come into force at some point for VHI's, will this all change again at some point after Brexit


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