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Harry.O



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United Kingdom 1989 Defender 90 300 Tdi ST Nato Green
MOT Test in Ireland - English registered Defender

I'm taking the Defender to the Republic of Ireland for a couple of months and during that time the MOT will expire. Does anyone know if you can use a testing station in Northern Ireland to MOT an English registered vehicle? Cost wise, it would be a lot cheaper to pop over the border as opposed to putting the LR on a ferry back to the England for a day.

Had a look on the web and there seems to be conflicting advice.

Thanks, Harry

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excossack



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Could you bring the MOT forward and have one done now ahead the expiry? 1999 Defender TD5 110

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Harry.O



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Unfortunately you can only bring the MOT forwards by 30 days and mine doesn't expire for 6 weeks.

Having done a bit more digging, it looks like an MOT in NI is ok, I'll give a test centre a call to confirm this week though. Very Happy

http://www.safermotoring.co.uk/can-i-have-...eland.html

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TDCi Guy



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United Kingdom 1996 Defender 110 300 Tdi HCPU Auto Keswick Green

I lived in Ireland for a year and had an Audi MOT'd over the border in NI when it expired.
In the north all the test centres are government run, they also use a different MOT system than the mainland (or they did when I was there 4 years ago) so your MOT won't show up on online checks. I'm not sure if it shows on police ANPR etc but it may be worth carrying a copy with you when you come back to the mainland just in case, I never had any issues though.

On a side note you can get a fresh MOT put on a car any time you want, the month rule only applies if you want to keep the existing expiry date for next year. Tom
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blackwolf



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Harry.O wrote:
Unfortunately you can only bring the MOT forwards by 30 days and mine doesn't expire for 6 weeks...


Are you sure? I thought this was the limit if you want to retain the anniversary of the expiry date, and that you can actually get an MOT test at any time.

In other words, if my MOT certificate expires on 30/09/17, the earliest I can get a test if I want the certificate to expire on 30/09/18 is 01/09/17, but I can get it tested on say 01/08/17 if I don't mind the certificate expiring on 31/07/18.

Have the rules changed now it is all paperless? How else do these folk who sell vehicles witha new MOT certificate get on?

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Mdm



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you can mot any time regardless of how much is left to run.

ni tests are run separately to uk system

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Harry.O



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Thank you for all the advice guys Very Happy You are all correct, there's no restriction on when you can put it through the test, I'd misread the DVLA website. On that basis I'll get it through an MOT this week before setting off Thumbs Up

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