& SELLING No MOT, no sale, no question Why you should never be tempted by a bike without a valid ticket
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Don’t buy a used bike without an MOT. Don’t buy a used bike without an MOT. I use repetition to drive the point home.
OK, there are times when it’s justified, like when you’ve bought a project bike, or you’ve taken a good long look at it and determined exactly what it needs to get its ticket, but in both cases that presupposes that you have the ability to assess a bike properly and also to fix it. And that’s asking a lot of the typical road rider.
The main reason why a bike is being sold without an MOT is because it won’t bloody pass. Getting a bike Mot’d is simple – you ride it to the testing station and submit it to the Ordeal By Tester. It doesn’t even need to be taxed, though insurance is a must.
Don’t believe the seller who says it’s only a bald rear tyre or a leaky fork seal that is preventing their wares from passing. It might be true, and the ‘no-time-to-fix’ excuse might be as well (I know I’ve had the same problem), but for every fault the seller declares there’ll be one he hasn’t mentioned, unless he’s brandishing the fail certificate to prove the point.
You have to get the bike home, as well. OK if you have a van or trailer, but most don’t. In times gone by, you’d probably be covered on your own insurance and you’d risk being nicked. These days, there are ANPR cameras and while you can insure it immediately via a phone call or online, you can’t tax it, because... it hasn’t got an MOT, that’s right. And if it is taxed and you still get stopped, the police are wise to the “I’ll change ownership once I get it home” dodge.
For the third time, don’t buy a used bike without an MOT.
If the bike doesn’t come with an MOT there’s probably a good (or bad) reason