The used car marketplace is a minefield. Amongst the genuine bargains and carefully maintained second hand runarounds are some genuinely dangerous deathtraps that you don't want to come anywhere near when making a purchase.
So how can you distinguish between the two? How can you find out what's going to be a reliable investment, and what's likely to let you down at some point in the future?
A simple search can be done at gov.uk with the registration details for the vehicle in question. The check is free and in seconds you can have the entire mot history (post-2005; England, Scotland and Wales).
MOT history check directgov - What you'll find out:
UK law says that when a vehicle is three years old, it must have an MOT test on an annual basis from then on.
An MOT test determines the safety, road worthiness and emissions compliance of your vehicle
We do! £18 when booked with a service; £35 when booked without.
Via the gov.uk site. Simply enter the vehicle's registration number.
No. The test is free.
Yes. You can book your vehicle in for its test up to a month early. If it passes, the remaining time on the old certificate will be rolled over onto the new one.