In the UK, the MOT test may contain advisory notes but as far as I understand these are optional. One can also check the MOT history of a vehicle through Gov.UK web site. However I don't understand by looking at that if the car really has no advisory notes, or the owner preferred not including them in the report. Is there a way to tell that, am I missing something?

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The owner does not post the reports or results of the mot on the gov website - it comes from the testing station and the tester. The tester may be able to exercise their judgement about posting advisories or not, but the standard report will be complete.

  • Somehow I've had the impression that they were optional and the owner could choose not to include them. I can't find any source to confirm this now and apparently I was wrong. Thanks!
    – carbuy
    Commented Jul 17, 2017 at 21:03
  • This is my understanding - two good friends of mine still in the motor trade have their mot qualifications and I have never seen them discuss the report with a customer. Well apart from this bit is broken and it will cost ......
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Jul 17, 2017 at 21:15

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