How to check MOT history for FREE!

When buying an older used car, old MOT records can be a very useful guage to the maintenance history of the vehicle, However often the paperwork gets mislaid, for the last few years however it has been possible to view MOT history for any car online for FREE via the GOV.UK website. Here’s how..

Go to: and enter the registration number of the vehicle you are interested in

Press Continue, and some basic car details will appear, Fuel type, Colour and the Current MOT expiry date..

Now press the ‘Down’ Arrow next to MOT history and a listing of all the vehicles prior MOT’s (Since MOT’s went digital) will appear, including Failures, Advisories etc

Note, that this information is all available freely, please be cautious and only use the site linked above, if a similar looking site starts asking for credit card details its a scam!

When does my car’s MOT expire?

Need to find out when your car MOT expires? Just enter the registration number in the box below, and you’ll get the MOT expiry date, and also some history on previous MOT’s directly from the Goverment – Useful for checking when buying a new car

Peugeot/Citroen Puretech engines – Are they Turbocharged?

Many people take great delight in telling me that Peugeot/Citroen’s new 1.2 Puretech engine is their version of Ford’s Ecoboost.

Well.. It is and it isn’t.

Both are 3 cylinder small capacity engines, Ford’s being a 1 litre and Peugeot’s being a slightly larger capacity 1.2.

The Ecoboost however is turbocharged in all applications (except for a few fiesta’s with the base spec 65bhp version), where Peugeot offers a naturally aspirated AND a turbocharged version across the range.

The easiest way to tell whether a Peugeot or Citroen has the Turbocharged engine is to look at the power outputs in adverts, If its advertised as a Puretech 82 its NOT turbocharged.

More powerful ones, the Puretech 110ps and 130ps have the turbocharger and these engines tend to be only fitted to higher specification models, or larger cars.

Cheap Berlingo!

I recently waxed lyrical about the qualities of the Citroen Berlingo (& Similar Peugeot Partner) Van, and then came across this offer, if you are in the market it’s worth a look.

It’s a Berlingo Enterprise (which means you get the 3 front seats, Air Con, Cruise Control and Touch Screen Radio) It’s also the higher capacity 850kg model which gets you the 90ps engine instead of the 675kg’s 75ps engine.

A year old, and having covered 16000 miles, probably an ex hire or lease van, it’ll still be under the Citroen warranty so no worries there. Effectively a new van for 9 Grand. Bargain!

It’s the kind of Van I’ll be buying when my current one expires, although I may hold out for the (hopefully) forthcoming turbocharged petrol version.

I have no affiliation with Arnold Clark (or any dealer for that matter) but I’d assume as a pretty major player in the Motor trade, they are a pretty safe bet to make a purchase from.



Fancy a DS3 for a year?

I think the DS3 is a funky little thing, a bit bigger than the competitor Fiat 500 and Mini, but still suitably ‘cool’ currently has a 1 year leasing deal for a DS3 ‘Chic’ at £158.27 a month, If you have yet to try the modern trend of car leasing, this is a nice short deal to give it a go.

£650 deposit and then £1740 over the year = £2390 for a years hassle free motoring.

Even if leasing isn’t for you (and its not for everyone), check out Ling’s website anyway, it’s awesome 🙂


More info on DS here




Best Value for Money New Car at the moment?

IF you are looking for a small car, there are some pretty good deals out there on the new Vauxhall Corsa at the minute, while pricing may look similar to a more desirable VW UP or Skoda Citigo, The Corsa can actually be significantly better value for money, for a start its bigger, which if you have ever seen the size of a VW UP!’s boot is a major plus point, is cheap to run and maintan, and the included spec on many cars is something bigger cars would lust after.

The car which took our eye was this Brand New (but Pre-registered) Corsa 1.4 Sting 3 door which had as standard:

Bluetooth Phone System

Cruise Control & Speed Limiter

USB Connector

As well as all the stuff you expect nowadays – Power Steering, Alloy Wheels, Electric Windows.

Not bad for a Brand New 7 Grand Hatchback! Some Higher spec models even now have Heated Windscreens, Heated Seats AND Heated Steering Wheels!!

This car was for sale with the Peter Vardy Group – Link


Small 3 Seater Vans

As a newly blessed ‘family man’ with a small business to run, Van choice is becoming something of an issue, Without moving up to a mid size van (Vivaro, Vito, Transporter etc) I now have the need – at least occasionally – to carry more than a single passenger, hence much research into smaller vans with more than two seats.

The traditional approach to this dilemma is a ‘crew van’ with a folding bench seat in the cargo compartment – two issues with this:

Firstly, the Van becomes less of a van and more of an estate car, defeating the purpose of having a van in the first place..

Secondly, having people and tools & equipment rolling around in the same compartment isn’t particularly safe.

The solution for us was the new-generation Citroen Berlingo/Peuget Partner Van, which (on most models) features a 3 seat front cab.

Admitted there’s a few limitations, you’d struggle to call the middle seat ‘full sized’ and it can be  a challenge loading people into the middle seat with a car seat installed on the passenger side seat.

But.. If you can live with the downsides, you now have the ability to retain a proper small van, permanently racked out with tools etc, and the ability to occasionally pick the kids up from school, nip to the shops etc.

The updated 2016 model even has cruise control, and a touch screen radio setup! I’m told by our local citroen dealer that the berlingo should soon be available with the 1.2 Turbo petrol engine, which would be my engine of choice, even though the 1.6 Turbo diesel isn’t bad.

Definitely worth a look!