Spectacular MOT fail!

For my Trabi.
Reason(s) for failure Suspension component mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded both front floors to jacking points various places (2.4.A.3)
Nearside Suspension component mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded outer sill (2.4.A.3) Offside Rear Suspension component mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded floor (2.4.A.3) Offside Rear Suspension component mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded inner wheel arch (2.4.A.3) Offside rear brake recording little or no effort (3.7.B.5a) Rear Brakes imbalanced across an axle Axle 2 (3.7.B.5b)
Not bothered by the brakes - I'd pre-empted and bought the bits to sort them.
The welding will come down to labour costs - all the metalwork is available off the shelf for not a lot of cash (eg. strut towers 17 euros, sills 19 euros)
Argh! Not been burned on a car before, always a first time... the MOT tester used by the importer should be banned never to do an MOT again, as it was sold with a pass!
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Steve H wrote:

what year is it 1977 or earlier you would not need an MOT for it next year
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Which I personally think is ridiculous. Not every old car is maintained to perfection by a caring owner.
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On 19-Sep-17 12:11 AM, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:

1977 is tax exempt not MOT. MOT exemption is pre 1960 which was the year that MOT was introduced. Many vehicles made before that date were not designed to meet the requirements. Anything made pre 1960 that is not well maintained is not going to be on the road very long. https://www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot/vehicles-exempt-from-mot https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-exempt-from-vehicle-tax
Good job we are leaving the EU they would have every historic vehicle in showroom condition just as it left the factory. There is no room for a modified historic vehicle in the EU definition of a historic vehicle. No matter how many events it won or how famous it is.
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On 19/09/2017 00:48, Peter Hill wrote:

Next year the MoT exemption will apply to all cars over 40 Just one more year and all the old shit will be out on the roads again. Ooh, my Ferrari will be tax and MoT exempt in 2019, no mot testing of silly things like brakes on a 150mph car, great news!!
http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/consumer-news/100933/cars-over-40-years-old-to-be-exempt-from-the-mot-test-in-the-future
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On 19/09/2017 08:58, MrCheerful wrote:

But maybe the insurers will charge very high premiums for cars without an annual official safety certificate aka a MOT and/or it doesn't stop you for being prosecuted for having a un-roadworthy car on the road.
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On 19/09/2017 10:15, alan_m wrote:

it doesn't stop

Neither does an MOT. :)
Classic car insurance is incredibly cheap at present, I would be surprised if that changed much as a result of this.
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On 19/09/2017 10:44, MrCheerful wrote:

But perhaps it should. Cheap with something like an MOT, expensive without it.
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I've never really seen the point of classic car insurance. Unless it had lots of restrictions like the car only used for so many months a year, and low miles, and no 'normal' use etc. Which would be far too restrictive for me.
I'm also not convinced that agreed value means what it says. Given how easy it is to obtain.
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On 19/09/2017 13:36, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:

The restrictions you mention are exactly why it is cheap, I imagine that the valuation of an independent specialist is needed for the agreed value bit.
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One from a classic car club seems to do, plus a few pics. And all too easy not to be the true market value.
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On 18/09/2017 22:08, Steve H wrote:

You can report it to VOSA, they collate reports and at a trigger point they will investigate.
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On Tuesday, 19 September 2017 10:46:19 UTC+1, MrCheerful wrote:

I hear from the Trabi club that the MOT station has already been busted and closed for this reason!
Seems that the guy importing had a roughly 2-1 ratio of good to bad cars... it was like playing roulette!
Anyway - someone in the club is on good terms with the seller and has opened dialogue about this, as he has stood by cars in the past if he has inadvertently brought in a pup. I'm not holding my breath, but there may be a resolution to this.
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