How to check MOT history
Have you ever bought a second hand car and wondered about its MOT or service history? Perhaps you've had to top up your engine oil two weeks into owning the car because oil levels were low. Or maybe you've been driving a 3 year old car around for only a few weeks when it breaks down from wear and tear despite having only 5000 miles on the odometer. Buying a new car without information on mileage, past issues and potential issues can set you back significantly in the long run. Luckily, you can access all this information easily and in less than 10 minutes, and our detailed guide will tell you how.
Check Car MOT history
Follow our quick, easy steps to discover any car's MOT history. All you need is the internet and a license plate:
- Go to the GOV.UK's MOT check service page
- Fill in the license plate of the vehicle you wish to learn the MOT history of
- Click the ?MOT History' tab to find the vehicle's entire history
The history section gives you the following information:
- Whether the car passed or failed
- The date the MOT was taken
- The MOT's expiry date
- The test certificate
- The mileage done since the car's last MOT
- MOT test number
- Test location
- Advisories (things to look out for before your next MOT)
- Failings (things to get fixed before you drive again)
How far back can you check your MOT history?
It is important to note that these records show a maximum of 10 years. If you are buying a new car and looking for further data, it's best to approach the seller. If you are looking for further data on your own car there are a few steps you can take:
- Check your Maintenance manual/Service booklet - every car should have a maintenance manual or service booklet which acts as the physical evidence for all services and MOTs. If you have kept this safe over the years, you should be able to see your MOT history all the way back to when the car was first bought.
- Speak to your garage - most of us have a trusted garage that we have been going to for years. Your garage should be able to find your data easily and efficiently due to all records now being computerised.