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Post Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:43 am
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Post Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:28 am

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Location: Aylesbury
Thought I share my MoT experience with you guys. When I first took my Trabant 601 to get MoTed the garage wasn't really sure what to do. The nice man did all his testing like he would on a new car and obviously had a little moan about certain things. Then he did an emissions test and it failed badly (as expected) so I went home with no MoT. :(
I hit Google (other search engine providers are available) and found a few interesting things.

- 2 stroke cars are exempt from the emissions test!
- cars older than 10 years don't need a type approval or anything which means you don't need a "mph" speedo, no side indicators, no rear seat belts
- stickers on the lights are fine

I also swapped the reversing light and the rear fog light over (simply swapped the covers and two wires in the boot).
With this information and my little mods I went back to the garage the next day and got my MoT without any problems!

So, be prepared and know your stuff! Now the only things they moan about every now and then is a bit of oil dribble that's it! :mrgreen:
MoT at Aylesbury Motors

Post Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:45 pm

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Hi Christian,

My understanding is that the situation is pretty much as you describe, though I believe the requirement is that the car has to comply with the regulations in force at the time of its manufacture. Hence my 1987 Trabi had to have side repeaters, but rear seatbelts were not mentioned so I kept quiet and popped on some lights from an old Escort in the breakers. One neat solution I saw somewhere for side repeaters was to fit them in the plastic bumper ends - dead easy to revert back to standard then. The kph speedo has never been a problem either.


Post Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:41 pm

Posts: 9
Location: Aylesbury

This only applies to vehicles first registered in the UK.
When importing a vehicle which is more than 10 years old the IVA (Indicidual Vehicle Approval) does not apply. The MoT then only ensures the vehicle is road worthy.
I've been thru all this when I brought my Trabant over in 2008 and never had side repeaters, mileage speedo or anything liege that. And besides, the indicators on a Trabi stick out wide enough anyway! :lol:

Post Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:59 pm

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Location: Colchester
Not sure ... quite a number of Trabi owners report having to fit side repeaters and seatbelts to get through MoT.

I certainly believed what Dave said - i.e. that an imported car has to comply with UK regulations in force at the time of its manufacture, and that the fact that the car was made abroad where those regs didn't apply did not provide legal exemption.

Pals of mine had to fit windscreen washers to a 1957 2CV. They argued the point but were convinced that there was no alternative if they wanted MoT.

I just changed MoT stations!
Richard Hemington
Events Officer, Wartburg Trabant IFA Club

Post Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:18 pm

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Location: Aylesbury
Since I got a bit confused I rang the DVLA and what I said is correct. Imported vehicles (first registered outside the UK) are exempt from the IVA (Individual Vehicle Approval) if they are older than 10 Years. Therefore the MoT cannot fail a car based on UK regulations at the time the car was first registered outside the UK. This came into force in 2007 (hence some old folks might not be aware of it) and is clearly stated on Page 9 section 1.9 of the VOSA IVA document:

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Two MOT centers I have found locally understand our vehicles, the rules applied thereto, and test accordingly.

Bob Harman Cars in Watford.
Specialists in Americans, but offers an MOT service, and have a good knowledge of MOT requirements for Classic vehicles, LHD's and etc.

Workshops & MOT—Tel: 01923 226700 (Ask for Cliff')


Royton Express, Codicote Road, Welwyn Herts.

Royton ONLY offer MOT's... they don't sell anything. I take the Trabi (and others) up there year after year, for a fair test and some lively "What's that ? A Trevor 601 ? Where does the coal go? " badinage. No smoke test, no questions about indicators, seat-belts etc, and a very 'hands on' Come and have a look mate, approach to fails. They ARE very thorough on safety critical items, and IMHO that's a good thing.

Royton will MOT more or less ANYTHING !

Post Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:34 pm

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Location: Wirral
Can I add, for members in Wirral and surrounding areas, Uplands Motors in Upton. Just had my Trabi MOTd there,they understand older cars and what regs apply to them. One of the mechanics has an old Beetle. Not the cheapest at £47 but free retest.

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