MOT History and Advisories information

MOT Advice

What do the MOT advisory notes mean and why should I take notice?

Advisory notes are part and parcel of any annual MOT test. Your chosen garage or franchise dealership will provide you with notices of areas on your vehicle that will soon need attention or fixing, but are not yet serious enough to fail an MOT. Each advisory notice is given at the discretion and opinion of each individual teste. They can vary in importance and are often rated in terms of importance, based on how essential they are to the running of the vehicle.

It goes without saying that these issues should not be ignored until your next MOT test as these problems could exacerbate or lead to vehicle breakdowns between now and next year. Advisories are therefore a good indicator of what needs immediate attention to keep your vehicle safe and roadworthy, potentially saving you lots of money in the long run.

Typical MOT advisories to be aware of

  • Tyres
    One of the most common advisories to be made aware of after an MOT test is the tread depth of your tyres. If they are approaching the legal limit of 1.6mm it will be noted that they should be changed sooner rather than later to avoid fines from the police.
  • Degree of wear and tear
    If a car part has only narrowly passed the MOT inspection, your examiner will note this as a heads up. This might cover aspects such as brake disc pads and suspension joints.
  • Vehicle corrosion
    In some cases, MOT testers will not be able to accurately determine the extent of corrosion on your vehicle. In this instance, they will make an MOT advisory note of ‘extensive surface corrosion’ or a similar line to make you aware of the situation.
  • Concealed components
    It has been known for some testable items to be impossible for examiners to inspect on an MOT. That’s because some items are covered by plastic, making it hard or even impossible to test fully.
  • Non-testable concerns
    In some cases, your vehicle might be road tested. During the test, your examiner might spot additional issues with your vehicle that aren’t currently covered by the MOT process. This includes clutches, gearboxes and several other important components.
  • Points of interest
    Your MOT examiner may also raise awareness of any issues regarding the bodywork or chassis. The wing of the car might have a hidden dent or there may be corrosion slowly developing below a wheel arch or boot. These aren’t serious enough issues to fail an MOT but should be looked at in due course.


Why is a car’s history difficult to find out?

Finding out the history of a pre-owned vehicle can be a painstaking  and often the buyer has no clue to what might be hiding in the vehicle’s past. The current paper based logbook system, can often get lost, or not stamped properly. In our busy lives outstanding work or work done can be easily forgotten when selling the car on.

Some motorists leave it up to the dealership where they bought the car if new to maintain this record, which will not get updated if the owner for whatever reason,  gets work done away from the dealership such as in the event of a breakdown and the continuation is then broken.  Often what happens if the car is sold the digital or version of the service record the dealership might hold is not available to be transferred to the new owner, if being taken out of the dealership. This is really apparent when a vehicle reaches on average 7 years of age, cars are usually no longer taken back to the dealership because it’s deemed too expensive for the age of the car now, so the local garage is seen as sufficient and the same record is no longer updated.


What’s more a car is not legally required to have its first MOT for 3 years, with plans in motion to get this changed to 4 years, meaning a full service history is even more important. A lot can happen to a car in the first 4 years with no proper record of what has happened in that time.

Automyze has several tools to help:


MOT History and Advisories information

We can automatically retrieve MOT history through our relationship with the DVSA for a vehicle dating back up to 10 years – information you may not even know exists. We can also retrieve any MOT advisory notes that were recommended. This is available within the Automyze account for the car which can be checked even if you are only looking to buy the car.

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Free Basic Vehicle Check

The AA Vehicle Inspection  and  AA Vehicle History Check can provide you with the necessary information to proceed with your purchase. This is available within the Automyze account for the car which can also be checked even if you are only looking to buy the car.


MOT Reminder Service
We can send you reminders when the time for your car’s MOT comes, with special offers to book your car in at a local MOT station.

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Digital stamp

When an MOT, Service or any repair work is booked via the AA Garage Guide, the garage on our network will digitally stamp and verify the work done straight into an online account for the car and becomes a record against the car in a secure online account. Reminders are then automatically set for any advisory work due, so it’s not forgotten.


Accounts can be exchanged to new owners once the car is sold, or it is automatically stored ready for when the new owner chooses to activate an account for the car themselves, so this information is not lost.

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