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Who's done more miles in their 500 since and because of MOT exemption?

....as it says in the title question.

I'm really hoping that a lot of people might have ventured out a bit more frequently as a consequence of being released from the need to have an MOT; maybe even if that was for the odd short drive which would not have been possible in previous years.

As some people will know, I love these cars at least as much as most people do and but the driving them that keeps them real for me.
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Re: Who's done more miles in their 500 since and because of MOT exemption?

In NZ we don't have the exemption, in fact we have 6 monthly checks, which gets expensive and time consuming when you have a few old cars in the garage. My 500 is due for another inspection now and I haven't done much driving in it over our winter months.

So, not really an answer to your question but if my WOF (MOT) hadn't expired last week I might very well be out driving it today (a hot and sunny 29 degrees)
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I will use mine a lot but only really in summer months. Once the salt is upon the roads, which alas, it already is, then Valentina ia tucked up safe n sound in the garage.


I did a 300 mile weekend trip recently. No problems, apart from an oil leak. I don't think the MOT impacts the use of any of my cars. I drive them, because I love them. Saying that, I will still get my 500 MOT'd each year as cheap inspection and I don't have the facility to put mine up on a ramp and have a good nose around.

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Re: Who's done more miles in their 500 since and because of MOT exemption?

Driving all year round me, Winter matters not either as the Santa hat has to put in its appearance. But she is always street legal, wouldn't venture out without due respect to the law and other road users, and safe in the knowledge all legal requirements are in place.


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Re: Who's done more miles in their 500 since and because of MOT exemption?

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In NZ we don't have the exemption, in fact we have 6 monthly checks, which gets expensive and time consuming when you have a few old cars in the garage. My 500 is due for another inspection now and I haven't done much driving in it over our winter months.

So, not really an answer to your question but if my WOF (MOT) hadn't expired last week I might very well be out driving it today (a hot and sunny 29 degrees)
Oddly enough Andrew,you have sort of answered my question better than some the UK members possibly seem prepared to do.
Admittedly, twice-yearly tests is probably a bit much even for the most pro-testing person here, (although why stop at annual testing? Nobody says we (UK) can't have one every 6 months, or 3 months come to that!) but you mention the time, expense and the fact that being overdue, you haven't been able to drive the car. I'm sure that used to be the case over here and is likely to have changed, with more cars being driven more frequently; which is what I'm interested to verify.
To our UK friends the expense is apparently a minor concern, being approximately £1.00 per week. I am happy to avoid that expense and I also find the time involved in arranging and attending MOTs a desperate waste which can now be omitted.

It's possible that people over here are generally embarrassed to say that they drive well-maintained Fiat 500s without an MOT despite the fact that by doing so they are road legal and can honour any potential liabilities to third parties in the event of an accident.

It's starting to look like, (on this Forum at least), I'm on my own with this "cavalier" approach to vehicle safety.
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Oddly enough Andrew,you have sort of answered my question better than some the UK members possibly seem prepared to do.
Admittedly, twice-yearly tests is probably a bit much even for the most pro-testing person here, (although why stop at annual testing? Nobody says we (UK) can't have one every 6 months, or 3 months come to that!) but you mention the time, expense and the fact that being overdue, you haven't been able to drive the car. I'm sure that used to be the case over here and is likely to have changed, with more cars being driven more frequently; which is what I'm interested to verify.
To our UK friends the expense is apparently a minor concern, being approximately £1.00 per week. I am happy to avoid that expense and I also find the time involved in arranging and attending MOTs a desperate waste which can now be omitted.

It's possible that people over here are generally embarrassed to say that they drive well-maintained Fiat 500s without an MOT despite the fact that by doing so they are road legal and can honour any potential liabilities to third parties in the event of an accident.

It's starting to look like, (on this Forum at least), I'm on my own with this "cavalier" approach to vehicle safety.
Maybe an annual check doesn't seem too onerous to most here. I'm pretty certain if it were 6 monthly, like here, the response would be different. It seems to roll around incredibly quickly, especially if you don't drive your classic over the colder half of the year very often.
It was only in the last few years that cars made after the year 2000 were only required to have an annual check here. So now my daily driver only requires the once yearly going over it feels almost decadent (in a good way).
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Re: Who's done more miles in their 500 since and because of MOT exemption?

Youíre not alone. When I recently upgraded my engine and gearbox to a 650cc, which took a lot longer than anticipated but thatís another story. My MoT had run out but once completed, the first test drive uncovered a couple of teething problems like a sticking throttle cable and the clutch pedal was too high. Once corrected the car ran perfectly, so I spent the weekend clocking up nearly 100 more miles.

I have the facilities to check underneath my car and to check steering, wheel bearings, brake pipes etc... I have owned the car for over 25 years so I know it inside out, as every component on the car has been removed at least once.

There is no point in debating the pros and cons of having an MoT or not because both sides of the argument are acting legally within the law.

It would be interesting to see how many miles annually each owner is driving even if they are given a range of mileages i.e. 0-500, 500-1000, etc.....
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