Selling a car without an MOT

Selling a car can be a trying process at the best of times, but selling a car that has recently failed it’s MOT test or has no MOT? That can be even harder. Especially as the majority of people who seek to purchase a car, are typically looking to buy a vehicle that they can drive home that same day, and without an MOT that isn’t possible.

How Do I Sell My MOT Failure?

To get started with selling your MOT failure, simply add your details to the quote form above. We will take the details which you have added to search our nationwide network of scrap and salvage buyers to locate the best price for your vehicle, instantly.

When adding your details it’s important that you describe everything as accurately as possible as all of our quotes are guaranteed, subject to inspection. This means that we base our prices off of the information you provide us with, and if you have not described your vehicle truthfully then we reserve the right to amend our price. The reason we do this is is because if our buyers have been told that they are collecting a vehicle which is severely damaged but starts, and they turn up to find that the vehicle does not start, they may not have the correct recovery equipment with them. In an event such as this the buyer would have made a wasted trip and the customer may end up having money deducted from their quote to accommodate for their loss of time. The details provided will also affect which type or buyers are interested in your vehicle. For example whether it’s an ATF who would like to scrap your vehicle, or whether it is a private buyer who would like to use it as a salvage vehicle to use as a donor vehicle or to repair and return to the road.

What Is An MOT?

MOT stands for Ministry Of Transport and the MOT test was first introduced in the 1960s under the direction of Ernest Marples, the minister of transport. The MOT test is an annual test which is required by all vehicles which are driven on roads (as defined by the road traffic act 1988) and is in place to ensure that vehicles are safe enough to be deemed as roadworthy. In order to asses this, the MOT tester will inspect various elements of the vehicle to check that the vehicle is compliant with safety laws. The test will assess every important aspect of the vehicle, such as; the interior of the vehicle including seatbelts, the vehicle’s lights, brakes and engine parts. In addition to the aforementioned it will also check the vehicle’s emissions to ensure that they are of a suitable level.

The test was implemented by Earnest Marples under the Road Traffic Act and whilst it used to be a fairly basic test, as technology and vehicles have progressed and grown more advanced, the test has become more comprehensive to accommodate this. In 1956 when the MOT test was first introduced it was originally a ten year test, however in 1961 it was reduced to every seven years due to high fail rates and in 1967 the MOT test became the annual test that we know today in an attempt to keep road safety standards higher. But despite the fact that MOT tests must take place annually after a car reaches three years of age, MOT failures are still occurring nationwide. In 2015-2016 alone there were 106,527 vehicles which failed their MOT, a whopping 36.8% of all of the vehicles which were tested during that time.

Who Needs An MOT?

In order for a vehicle to be deemed as legally road worthy it must pass its annual MOT and so any car, motorbike or van made after 1960 needs an annual MOT once the vehicle reaches 3 years of age, or is damaged prior to this. Any vehicle made before 1960 does not require an MOT test and neither do tractors or electric vehicles. Lorries, buses and trailers are also not required to take an MOT test as they undergo a different test which is similar in principle but has different criteria, and this is called an ‘annual vehicle test’.

Unless your vehicle is being driven to, or from, an MOT centre where the vehicle had a pre-booked appointment it is illegal to drive a vehicle without an MOT and so when you are selling your MOT failure, it’s important to ensure that the buyer of your vehicle has a recovery vehicle. All of the buyers listed on our network have a multitude of recovery vehicles and so regardless of whether your coupe, convertible or campervan failed it’s MOT – we can get it collected for you!

If you’re not sure if your vehicle has an MOT or when it is due you can use this MOT checker tool on the government’s website to find out. The MOT checker tool is a verified resource governed by the DVSA and is not just a great resource in discovering when your MOT is next due, but can help you look into a vehicle’s history. This information can be invaluable if your car has just failed it’s MOT, as if you didn’t own the vehicle from new you will be able to look into the vehicle’s past to see if this is a one off or a recurring problem and assess whether the vehicle is worth the expense of fixing it or whether it should be sold.

Can I Sell A Car With No MOT?

Yes! Whilst vehicles without an MOT cannot be driven they can still be sold. The price which you are quoted for your vehicle will vary upon the extent of the work required to fix the vehicle and who buys it. For example; a private buyer may not have the tools or resources to fund the repair and as a result they will haggle down the purchase price to attempt to offset the cost of repairs. As a result of the private buyers lack of knowledge they may offer you a reduced rate, whereas if you were to use our service we’d be able to compare prices from our buyers nationwide to get you the most competitive price offer, and because our network is made up of industry experts the price quoted will be a fair an accurate representation of what your vehicle is worth.

The value of MOT failure vehicles varies based on a multiple factors. These factors include; the age of the vehicle, whether or not the vehicle is sought after and the vehicle’s general condition. The factors matter because they will determine what your car is purchased for. Vehicles which have failed their MOT are typically purchased for one of two purposes; to scrap or to salvage. Vehicles which are sought after as scrap are taken to an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) where they are depolluted before being recycled, whereas salvage vehicles can be repaired and returned to the road.

There are a multitude of reasons a vehicle may fail its MOT and whilst the most common failures relate to the obvious categories such as brakes and suspension, sometimes it can be caused by less obvious elements. For example, many cars have failed their MOT due to their vehicle’s ball joint dust cover, a part which protects components by preventing the ingress of dirt and water seeping in and prematurely aging the components. Fixing an MOT failure can, depending on the extent of the reasons for the failure, be costly and time-consuming to fix. Without industry knowledge fixing cars can be incredibly difficult, especially when it comes to the time spent in sourcing the required replacement parts, whereas for those in the industry? Trade discounts and short trade turnaround times means that finding parts can be a breeze. Which is why selling an MOT failure can often be the most efficient option. Many of the people who buy MOT failures work within the automotive industry which means that they often have access to the tools, resources and required skillsets which make fixing vehicles that have failed their MOT financially worth it.

What’s Tested On An MOT?

The MOT test is designed to assess whether a vehicle is safe to be on the road, and so any element of the vehicle which can affect either its own, or the safety of others, is checked. For example; lights, brakes and engines all have the capability to affect road safety and so these are checked. Whereas a minor worn or ripped cloth lining on the interior would not, and so it’s not a vital consideration for the test.

Below is a breakdown of what an MOT tester inspects when looking at your vehicle to determine whether it should pass or fail its MOT.

What Are The Most Common MOT Failures?

According to the DVSA in 2015-2016 alone over 106,500 cars failed their MOT test. This accounts for 36.8% of all cars tested during this period, and of this number 27.9% failed their retest. Whilst this is statistic shows that many vehicles are not roadworthy, it also shows that 8.8% of those which failed were failed with faults which were easy to rectify.

In the financial year of 2015-2016 the top four initial failures were:

#1 – Lighting and signalling.
#2 – Brakes.
#3 – Steering and suspension.
#4 – Tyres and wheels.

This means that saving your vehicle from a failure mark could be as simple a checking the bulbs in your vehicle’s lights, checking your brake pads and that the tread on your tyres is sufficient. It’s also important that your vehicle is clean because if a vehicle is exceptionally dirty or it is too cluttered to enable the MOT tester to perform the test, then they can submit a refusal to test or a fail based on this. If your vehicle has failed its MOT but only a partial retest is needed and the vehicle is left at the garage for repairs and retested within ten days, you may be able to get the retest done for free or at a heavily reduced rate.

Do You Pick Up Non-Runners?

We sure do! We believe that selling a vehicle, regardless of its condition, should be an easy as process as possible, and regardless of whether your vehicle failed due to an engine failure or bodywork damage we have a network of buyers waiting to purchase your vehicle.

To get started with your quote, simply fill out the quote form at the top of this page or give us a call on 03333 44 99 50 to get instant offers for your vehicle.