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Join Date: Aug 2004
As Italiaautoparts says.....its a misconception that a VIC test is in any way a check of the quality of repair.....its purely to identify "ringers" - and is in fact an almost complete waste of time and money. Of course a car over 3 years old should have an MOT before being presented for VIC test - although there doesn't appear to be a requirement for it to be tested post-accident if the MOT is already in force. The VIC inspectors "can" report a faulty vehicle:
"5. Taking your car for a VIC test
When you take your vehicle for a Vehicle Identity Check (VIC) test the following must apply:
the car must be roadworthy and able to be driven under its own power
the car must have a valid MOT if it needs one (if you’re driving it to the VIC)
the person driving the car must be insured
the car must have front and rear number plates (if you’re driving it to the test)
You can get more information on the VIC test in the ‘Application for a Vehicle Identity Check’.
The test takes about 20 minutes and is a check of the car’s identity, not the quality of its repairs.
However, if the VIC inspector notices a serious defect which would make the car dangerous to drive they may issue a ‘prohibition notice’. This means the car can’t be driven until it’s made roadworthy and the prohibition notice is removed. "
Of course if the car is damaged but not subject to an insurance claim it can be as badly damaged as you like and still be repaired and put back on the road with no checks needed......
Also, it looks to me as though its been repaired quite some time ago as rust is showing on the seam of the door - odd that they did such a thorough job on the colour change and didn't change it on the DVLA record.....
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