Have you found yourself in a predicament where your car has failed its MOT, leaving you with a sudden financial burden and a vehicle you can’t legally drive? Well, the good news is, contrary to common belief, you can indeed sell your car – even without an MOT.

The MOT Problem

Your car’s MOT (Ministry of Transport) test ensures that it meets road safety and environmental standards. Failing this test might seem like a major setback, but you’ll be glad to hear that there are some options available if you would rather get rid of your car than pay to make it road-legal again.

Can You Sell a Car without an MOT?

Scrapping Your Car

Scrapping is a great solution for your MOT-failed vehicle. In cases where it’s probably more cost-effective to swap your car out for a newer model rather than have the reasons for the MOT failure repaired, scrapping is efficient, easy, and a way to get quick cash towards your next wheels. 

Scrapping companies, or Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) – like Assington Autos – will take your vehicle, break it down into parts, and then recycle or resell those components. This process is not only environmentally friendly, but also allows you to recover some value from your otherwise undriveable vehicle. 

Is Scrapping Easier than Selling a Car without MOT?

Arguably (and we’re not that biased!) scrapping is the quickest route to capitalising on whatever value your car has left. It’s a streamlined process that’s generally hassle-free. There’s no negotiating with dealerships who’ll undoubtedly offer you pennies for an MOT failure, and no hanging around to try and find an interested private buyer. 

When you bring your car to us for scrapping, we’ll evaluate it based on factors like model, age, and condition. Following this, you’ll receive a quote. If you’re happy with the amount, you can accept the offer and your car will be collected. Then, the scrapping process begins, and you’ll have the money in your pocket shortly after. 

What Other Options Are Available?

While scrapping is a great choice for an MOT failure, it’s not the only one. You do have some other options, including:

  • Get the car repaired: Depending on why your car has failed its MOT, you may simply want to get it repaired. Cars can fail MOTs for all manner of reasons which aren’t really worth scrapping or selling over, like needing a new brake light bulb. 
  • Sell privately: Another option to consider is putting your car up for sale privately. This might be worth it if you already have a new car, and don’t need the cash quickly. If you don’t intend to repair and re-MOT your car before selling, make this clear on the ad, and expect to get less for it. Remember that it’s illegal to drive a car without a valid MOT certificate, so test drives won’t be possible. 
  • Auction: Car auctions are often frequented by small dealership owners and car enthusiasts looking for a project, so this might be a good way to get a quick sale. However, buyers are often looking for cars they can drive away immediately and might be put off by an MOT failure. 
  • Dealerships: Some car dealers buy cheap cars that need a lot of repairs. You may also be able to part-exchange your MOT failure if you’re buying a new car from a dealership. However, expect to receive a very small amount. 

Selling a car without an MOT doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By choosing to sell your car for scrap to us at Assington Autos, you can enjoy a quick and hassle-free process. We can come and collect your car from anywhere is Suffolk, Essex, or Cambridgeshire.

Get in touch today for your quote, and let’s help you get back on the road in a new car.