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Old 17 May 2018, 04:30 PM   #1  
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So who else is looking forward to this Sunday then? The MOT rules for classic (over 40 year old) cars change this Saturday and some will now become MOT exempt as well as tax exempt.


This means I can actually drive my 1963 VW beetle again on Sunday that's been sat in my garage untouched for the last 2 years since the MOT expired. The car was fully nut & bolt restored and is solid but with a young family I just never got the time to re-mot it when it ran out.


I'll certainly MOT it again as I have no concerns it will pass, but just means I get to have a cheeky drive on Sunday!!!! haha.


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Old 17 May 2018, 04:34 PM   #2  
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Old 17 May 2018, 05:04 PM   #3  
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Yup, same situation with my '70 beetle. No where near as clean though. Mine needs paint, wheels etc before it's back on the road again. First car bought for 50 quid at 16, rebuilt and resprayed in a dusty old shed, 1641 with a zoom tube... I thought I was the dogs danglies at 17!
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Don't get me wrong, as clean as my beetle is it will all come apart again at some point! That's the fun of them. Mine is running a 1641 with twin 40s, Engle cam etc too. Still on drum brakes that actually work. All good fun!
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Good for me.Maybe it will help keep prices up.If you want a nice classic as weekend runabout/project you can now do it without forking out for MOT or tax & get classic,limited mileage insurance which is generally very cheap.Helps me out for my 1968 GMC Handibus.

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Having a car with an MOT is more peace of mind. I think it is a very bad move excepting any vehicle.
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my subaru turbo powered camper will be there very soon aswell ,, will still get it done but takes the panic away if I forget the mot date lol
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I would like to be pleased to have my Isetta exempt, but it's still in bits in my garage! Will get it tested anyway when it's done – but if it fails, does that mean I can't drive it on the road?
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Will get it tested anyway when it's done but if it fails, does that mean I can't drive it on the road?
If it fails, then it proves that it's not fit to be on the road. With that in mind, then common sense would say no you can't drive it.
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Having a car with an MOT is more peace of mind. I think it is a very bad move excepting any vehicle.
Agree 100%
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If it fails, then it proves that it's not fit to be on the road. With that in mind, then common sense would say no you can't drive it.
Common sense does yes (and is why I will do the test). I was more thinking can I drive it home to get it fixed if it has failed. Seems like that is OK as long as it is in a roadworthy condition, so I suppose it depends what it fails on.
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i think MOT exempt cars for 40 yr + cars is ridiculous.

Granted if they have lasted 40 yrs they have been looked aftr, BUT, i know of a few that arent and will now be out on the road monday !

stupid idea, a reduced MOT yes, at least to make sure tyres are not perished, brake hoses etc are good, it stops Etc
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i think MOT exempt cars for 40 yr + cars is ridiculous.

Granted if they have lasted 40 yrs they have been looked aftr, BUT, i know of a few that arent and will now be out on the road monday !

stupid idea, a reduced MOT yes, at least to make sure tyres are not perished, brake hoses etc are good, it stops Etc
I like that idea.Most old cars don't have the complex systems modern cars have so easier to check road worthiness.What about checking every 2-3years & a
reduced rate for basic safety checks.

Could a copper still stop you & declare your car unfit?
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I like that idea.Most old cars don't have the complex systems modern cars have so easier to check road worthiness.What about checking every 2-3years & a
reduced rate for basic safety checks.

Could a copper still stop you & declare your car unfit?
If it is obviously faulty then yes.
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I like that idea.Most old cars don't have the complex systems modern cars have so easier to check road worthiness.What about checking every 2-3years & a
reduced rate for basic safety checks.

Could a copper still stop you & declare your car unfit?
If it is obviously faulty then yes.
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my subaru turbo powered camper will be there very soon aswell ,, will still get it done but takes the panic away if I forget the mot date lol


Unfortunately for you the engine change in your camper is classed as a major modification and means the vehicle will always be subject to an MOT. There are strict guidelines that only permit up to 8 changes from standard specification and these are very minimal. Thankfully my bug is still well within this.


As above though, I have no concerns with my beetle passing another MOT and I will be putting it through one again soon when I get a chance. It's wise to continue this and regular maintenance if it is to be used on the road.


Still, it's not going to stop me taking it out on Sunday!
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I think its madness making them exempt.
and the 8 changes I wont how they will monitor this.
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Unfortunately for you the engine change in your camper is classed as a major modification and means the vehicle will always be subject to an MOT. There are strict guidelines that only permit up to 8 changes from standard specification and these are very minimal. Thankfully my bug is still well within this.


As above though, I have no concerns with my beetle passing another MOT and I will be putting it through one again soon when I get a chance. It's wise to continue this and regular maintenance if it is to be used on the road.


Still, it's not going to stop me taking it out on Sunday!

this has been debated over and over again on the vw forums and from what I can make out due to being a flat 4 engine still I can possibly get away with it but only time will tell on that one ,,, either way I'm not that bothered as I tend to keep all my cars in good form anyway and the mot place is around the back of my house it was just making it less of a worry when the time comes as iv got a bad memory lol ,,, I'm more chuffed about the tax going at the same time lol but thats a whole new thread lol
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Stupidly I forgot to get the MOT done on Mrs FW's GT6 at the end of April and our local place is so busy they couldn't fit me in for a couple of weeks. I'll still get the car checked over though.


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Didn't see this until spent large amount on classic car.
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