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Hey guys Im in need of some advice and points of view regarding the issue of advisory notes from MOT's.

A few months ago I brought a secondhand 206 from a dealer. Part of the deal was that it would have a fresh MOT. When we got the car it a had a fresh certificate with no advisory attached, or any signs there ever was on attached.

After a month I noticed that the inside edge of the front tyres was heavily warn (outside of MOT failure zone). I phoned dealer and he said if it had shown up on MOT then he would have sorted it, as it didnt he wouldnt do anything about it.

Now I only just found out that you can view your MOT certificates online and guess what the car had some advisories including the worn tyres.

The question is do dealers have to pass on advisory notices as it forms part of the test certificate or not?

Trading standards arent sure but said that if the general concenus by garages and those involved in MOTs is yes then I may have some recourse.

So any advice/opinion would be good and before anyone says it yes I should have looked at tyres more closly before buying it.
 

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Your certificate will have a note somewhere which will say if there is an advisorys page. Can't remeber without looking at it though.
 

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Dave thanks for that link il now double check it. But im sure it doesnt have anything in it.

If it does thats another lesson learned read the sheet properly in future lol.
 
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one of the reasons why the certificate has now bene changed is to stop the advisory sheet being thrown away.

you now get a piece of paper for a certificate :confused: instead of a watermarked official sheet, does list the advisories though.
but can't help thinking about how easy they would be to forge....


info here


Your MOT certificate : Directgov - Motoring

new "paper" mot, just printed on ordinary printer paper, not watermarked or anything :confused:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/vosa/repository/Plain Paper MOT Test Certificate (VT 20).pdf
 

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I have had this done to me as well.


The advisory note that should have came with my Ford Puma was missing and would have revealed 2 slightly buckled wheels, rust starting on brake pipes and an oil leak.
 

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Yep - I suspect many of us have fallen for it over the recent past.

Think of how many car salesmen hand over that fresh MOT, and sit there thinking "please don't ask about advisories, please don't ask about advisories, please don't ask about advisories..."

And seemingly so few of us do! :confused:
 

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Thanks guys dont feel quite as silly now I know others have done the same thing.

Ive looked at the ertificate properly and it says there was an advisory issued with it. Lesson 2. learned look at the certificate properly.

Gonna be a lot more cautious next time I buy a secondhand car though.
 

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My GTA was MOT'd by the dealer when I bought it and was given the MOT without any advisories attached. But fairplay to the salesman as when I asked him he said it mentioned rusty discs and sure enough when I checked the online records that was exactly what was shown.

Mind you I don't think he would have offered the information had I not asked.
 

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There are still plenty of dodgy sales working with just as dodgy MOT garages ... it's not impossible to get a "new" MOT that isn't a true reflection of the car. I looked at a 206CC for my daughter. I was shown the "new" MOT and no advisory sheet or note. The car was a wreck ... worn discs and pads, perishing tyres, lights not working, holes in the exhaust, ... and more. Needless to say I walked away ...

Trouble is if you buy one with a dodgy MOT and report it, the first think VOSA do is to cancel the MOT, which means you're off the road. Then to get it back on, you need a NEW MOT .. and YOU PAY!! Nothing is in the owner/drivers favour .. we're penalised.
 

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In that instance of being sold a car with a dodgy MOT, I would be taking it back to the garage that sold it and expecting a refund.
 
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