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MOT whilst abroad

Discussion in 'Expeditions' started by bluehaze, Aug 7, 2018.

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  1. bluehaze

    bluehaze Well-Known Member

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    What is the score with MOTs whilst travelling abroad?

    We're aiming at travelling around Europe for two years and don't intend returning to the UK.
     
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    Might not be the correct way to do things but...
    Find yourself an MOT station which will give you an MOT without seeing he vehicle, inner city under the railway arches type of place. I know this is what a few expats have done in the past.
     
  3. bluehaze

    bluehaze Well-Known Member

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    What do Overlanders when they go to other continents?
     
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    Dodgy MOT is pretty much the only way. I am on a motorhome forum and loads of people travel abroad for significant periods. You cannot get a valid MOT outside the UK.
     
  5. The Mad Hat Man

    The Mad Hat Man Well-Known Member LZIR Despatch Agent

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    you will need to get the vehicle back for an MoT. If it has expired, you MUST NOT drive the vehicle in the UK. It will need to be transported back to the UK for the MoT.
     
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    The law states in EU the car must be legal to be driven in the country of registration mot,ins and road tax...if out of the UK for more than 6 months must be registered in the country it's in or returned to UK and kept there for the remaining 6 months... last month the police were pulling all foreign reg and checking details...don't know how long term EU traveling could get round that but most overlanders are out of Europe...
     
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    I am in USA. Can I assume that MOT is basically a state Motor Vehicle Inspection? We have that here in each state as well. What I'm not clear on is the concern about expiration. Wouldn't you just get a small fine, and then have it inspected, and all is okay again? And if you are out of the country, who cares if the inspection date in your home country has expired? Wouldn't you just renew inspection in the country you are in, using their inspection system? Sorry for the ignorance here, but call me provincial.
    Thanks!
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    Read my above post...you can't mot a car in a country it's not registered in...in Europe which is what we refer to as EU as in European Union no mot or road tax from country of origin means your insurance is invalid...if I drive my Portuguese reg car into Spain no problem take it to morroco I have to fill in forms to import it and take out other insurance...you bring your USA reg car to the EU you have to notify customs on arrival how long it will be in the EU and whether it's papers are legal for the time there...

    Sorry edit you will get a fine in the EU but they will impound the vehicle and in some cases crush it...you must know the rules on importing series Landrover into USA don't you...
     
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    Thanks, Shipper -
    That helps. Just seems very strict. Also of note is that insurance validity is tied to inspection. Here in USA you can insure a junk yard piece of car that is not even roadworthy (declared as such). You wouldn't be covered, obviously, if you drove the car, having said you don't drive it. So the insurance is not technically tied to the inspection sticker. On the other hand, we have to register the car each year (road tax?) and in that you declare you have insurance coverage. So there is a registration stick on the license plate (and a card in your wallet or vehicle).
    I will not be shipping my car overseas any time soon. Just reading the words impound and crush gave me chills.
     
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