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Old 26-12-2008, 02:22 PM   #1
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1983 Mercedes 280 SE Unregistered.

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Old 26-12-2008, 04:22 PM   #2
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How did it do 940 miles without being registered?
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Old 26-12-2008, 04:33 PM   #3
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How did it do 940 miles without being registered?
Private land use perhaps?

It does seem a lot of miles for an un-registered car, but it is 25 years old.

Strange though.

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Old 26-12-2008, 04:37 PM   #4
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If the MOt station is 20 miles from his home, then that would explain it.

Although he'd probably have to borrow trade plates to drive there and back. No need for tax or MOT though.


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Old 26-12-2008, 04:45 PM   #5
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I'd be surprised if whoever owned it MOT'd it each year. What would be the point in paying to MOT it for around 20 odd years if it was never even registered for UK roads?

No doubt there is some unusual story with this car though, as per more ultra-low mileage/stored cars etc.

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Old 26-12-2008, 05:30 PM   #6
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you can drive to a prebooked MOT with no number plates or tax as long as the car is insured.
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Old 26-12-2008, 05:32 PM   #7
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you can drive to a prebooked MOT with no number plates or tax as long as the car is insured.
Really? That surprises me w.r.t numberplates, how would your details be recorded for traffic offences (eg speed cameras) or an accident etc?

I'd have thought a minimum of trade plates would be required as talbir suggests.

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Old 26-12-2008, 05:37 PM   #8
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Perhaps it was driven with trade plate from the factory?
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Old 26-12-2008, 05:45 PM   #9
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You cant get number plates allocated for a car unless its road legal so there is a provision in the rules for reregistering cars that have unknown or transfered number plates and need to be MOT'd, the rule predates cameras by a long time, if the police were involved they'd use your chassis number which can be issued or made up by yourself before the car is legal.
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Old 26-12-2008, 05:51 PM   #10
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just think if that was a w124 e320 coupe 1995 in met blue or blue black or silver or bornite with all the toys and leather in brand new 900 odd miles and unregisterd

id pay a fortune for it

i wonder how many cars there are out there like this
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Old 26-12-2008, 05:56 PM   #11
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Trouble is with old cars that are very low milage is they tend to show up lots of problems when you start using them, seals and electrics/electronics especially and then you have the problem that all their value is in the low milage, so as soon as you start using them they soon get down to normal prices.

Not that it stops me buying them, my coupe was unused for 4 years and most of its little foibles to date have been due to this rather than any wear and tear (the coil packed up on the drive home for example) my lowrider was in storage for 9 years and needs a fair biit of work to recomission it even though its not rusty or worn out.
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Old 26-12-2008, 06:17 PM   #12
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In fact - just wondering here - but if that vehicle is has never been registered, wouldn't it be placed onto a current '58' plate, and therefore would it need an MOT?

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it might have been a showroom exhibit & given a run on trade plates to keep it up to scratch ?
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Old 26-12-2008, 06:35 PM   #14
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In fact - just wondering here - but if that vehicle is has never been registered, wouldn't it be placed onto a current '58' plate, and therefore would it need an MOT?

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it'll get an age related plate if its year of manufacture can be proved, which is easy to do with the chassis number.

the log book will look interesting though as it list the year its first registered not manufactured.
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Old 26-12-2008, 06:54 PM   #15
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it'll get an age related plate if its year of manufacture can be proved, which is easy to do with the chassis number.

the log book will look interesting though as it list the year its first registered not manufactured.
Only reason I ask is that there's been a handful of new/un-registered cars out there (including a few MBs) that have been given current registrations

I always thought that the registration mark given at the date of registration would reflect the fact that it had never been previously registered or used in another country etc (unlike imported secondhand/used cars).

Eg, I've seen a '52 plate W202, and a 190E 2.5-16 EVO-II on a 'P' plate.

I still wonder about the MOT though.

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