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    Engine Change on Q Plate Kitcar

    Hi All,

    I’m looking at buying a 30 year old Q plate kitcar.

    Currently has a 1.8 lump in it which I would change for something slightly bigger..

    No other mods would be done. Suspension, chassis etc, would remain unchanged.

    Is this straightforward or will I likely run in to issues getting it licensed/mot’ed etc.?

    Thanks

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    Shouldn't be an issue at all . When a car is Q plated it gains another 14 points as registered. DVLA retain a list of components used . Obviously as non Historic you will have to provide proof of the engine swap to their acceptable methods but it won't chnage the tax group at all.

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    so does a Q plated car get to be tax & MOT exempt when it gets to be 40 years old just like say a mini would??

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4xmike View Post
    so does a Q plated car get to be tax & MOT exempt when it gets to be 40 years old just like say a mini would??
    If eg a Q plated kit car is taxed as Historic and has not had 'substantial change' in the past 30 years then yes, it can be mot exempt. It's all on the government website...

    https://www.gov.uk/government/public...ption-criteria

    "Other ‘substantial change’ criteria (all vehicles)
    A vehicle is considered to have been ‘substantially changed’ if it:

    has been given a ‘Q’ registration number
    is a kit car assembled from components from different makes and model of vehicle
    is a reconstructed classic vehicle as defined by DVLA guidance
    is a kit conversion, where a kit of new parts is added to an existing vehicle, or old parts are added to a kit of a manufactured body, chassis or monocoque bodyshell, which changes the general appearance of the vehicle
    However, if a vehicle meeting one or more of these criteria is taxed as a ‘historic vehicle’, and it has not been modified during the previous 30 years, it is exempt from needing an MOT."
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    Quote Originally Posted by kapri View Post
    When a car is Q plated it gains another 14 points as registered. DVLA retain a list of components used .
    If all works as it should. When I registered an American Dodge cab and chassis in 1986, it was only years later I found out that they listed on their computer details as a 1986 French Dodge.... Oh dear, that caused a few problems..
    I suppose it all depends on who's doing the paperwork.

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