MOT Checker Launched by HPI
According to automotive data firm HPI, a new and free tool has just hit the market courtesy of their technologically savvy team, one that enables users to easily check their vehicle’s MOT backstory.
Aptly titled the MOT History Check, the checker provides a wealth of detailed information that comes directly from the DVLA, charting every individual MOT test ever carried out on the car, as well as its current tax status.
This launch comes on the back of recently released research from the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) and the Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA), which indicated that a reported 90 percent of garages had related that a growing number of customers were bringing their cars in only when their MOTs had already expired.
HPI’s consumer director, Fernando Garcia, explained that: “Motorists can use this service to check the MOT status of their own vehicle or one they’re interested in buying, and also get MOT and road tax renewal reminders two weeks before they are due.”
It is hoped that this will help to combat the ever increasing problem of MOT inaccuracies, which can contribute to an increased risk of mechanical failure, higher subsequent repair costs, and greater danger to other road users and pedestrians.
The checker’s primary intention, however, is to help combat clocking in the hopes of protecting the safety of motorists. Considering that one in 16 cars checked has a mileage discrepancy – or around 2.3 million vehicles in the UK – one can see how this could be beneficial.
As Mr Garcia elucidates: “If a vehicle currently has an active MOT certificate, it’s probably safe to assume that any previous MOT refusal notes have been actioned. This isn’t necessarily the case for MOT Check advisory notes, which may or may not have been acted upon. Our MOT history check information is very comprehensive and dates back to 2005 which means we can access records for any vehicle that has had an MOT since then.”
Those who use the tool are encouraged to work with it by looking for any indications of falsified mileage that might suggest clocking.
Will you choose to give this new technology a try?