21st January 2021
Legally, all cars older than 3 years are required to have an annual MOT to check for faults and functionality. However, some classic cars and other historical vehicles are exempt from MOTs if they fit certain criteria. By the end of this guide, you should know everything you need to about classic car MOTs.
All historical vehicles, including cars, motorbikes, vans and other light passenger vehicles, do not need an MOT if they:
A substantial change is defined as a technical change that alters the way the vehicle works. If you are unsure whether a substantial change has been made to your vehicle, read the full government guidance from GOV.uk. If your vehicle was registered over 40 years ago but has had a substantial change made to the running of the car, this vehicle will need to have an MOT.
A historical vehicle MOT has the same requirements as a regular MOT. If your historical vehicle is due an MOT soon, look out for these things:
Book a service once a year, or every 6 months, to keep on top of the above car maintenance tips, and make sure your car is always road safe.
If you wish to use your historical vehicle on the road but do not legal require an MOT, you must either get an MOT or declare the vehicle as a Vehicle of Historical Interest (VHI). If your classic currently has a MOT certificate but you anticipate not having this renewed, it is worth getting your vehicle registering as a VHI before it expires.
To declare your mode of transport as a Vehicle of Historical Interest, you need a functioning car of over 40 years old. You can then apply at your local Post Office with:
Did your historical vehicle fit the criteria, or do you need to get an MOT? If your car does not quite make the cut, book an MOT at one of our local garages across the UK or contact our helpful team today.