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#274908 - 9th Dec 2008 10:16pm MOT centres - why do they do this?
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I have used a certain MOT centre for a few years now, because you can just drive straight in without an appointment.
I put another car through a few months ago and have only recently gone over it to replace stuff (there was a lot!).
Having spent a lot on the new bits, I found half of the things listed weren't actually faulty.
The main ones were balljoints. It failed on two, claiming there was play in both. However much I tried, I couldn't get the balljoints to 'play'. They just didn't move!!
Next was 'corrosion to seat belt anchorage'. The seat belts are mounted to a point on the seat. The corrosion was underneath the sill (on the skin) and about 2 feet from the rust.
Another warning was the suspension top mount was corroded. The mount is attached to a subframe and not to the car. He was checked underneath the front bonnet???

Not sure what to do now. I've replaced the stuff, but has anyone heard of this type of thing before?
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#274913 - 9th Dec 2008 10:27pm Re: MOT centres - why do they do this? [Re: DavidB]
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Arent MOTs done mainly by Computer now, to give a better quality check. Also prevents MOT Cowboys charging whatever they want...whenever they want...finding things wrong thata rent??
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#274916 - 9th Dec 2008 10:31pm Re: MOT centres - why do they do this? [Re: MGCraig]
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I put the lexus through on sat and failed on the sidelights being dull>? they looked fine to me but never the less i changed them frown

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#274922 - 9th Dec 2008 10:35pm Re: MOT centres - why do they do this? [Re: Wheels]
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really hard some times, a car i have just bought from the auction needs an mot, im dreadding sending it in frown
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#274933 - 9th Dec 2008 10:54pm Re: MOT centres - why do they do this? [Re: Sanchez]
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yeah good luck putting that rover in mate

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#274996 - 10th Dec 2008 2:14pm Re: MOT centres - why do they do this? [Re: Sanchez]
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Originally Posted By: Sanchez
really hard some times, a car i have just bought from the auction needs an mot, im dreadding sending it in frown


Yeah, good luck putting that G-Wiz through mate. wink laugh
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#274997 - 10th Dec 2008 2:15pm Re: MOT centres - why do they do this? [Re: DavidB]
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I was saying he made a list of faults that needed repairing and assumed I'd drop it off at a garage and get it repaired (and get billed for it). The only thing that was wrong was the handbrake cable needed tightening up.
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#274998 - 10th Dec 2008 2:19pm Re: MOT centres - why do they do this? [Re: DavidB]
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Which garage was this matey?
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#275004 - 10th Dec 2008 2:27pm Re: MOT centres - why do they do this? [Re: StuyMac]
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You should put it in for its free retest without doing the work and see if someeone else fails it.
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#275005 - 10th Dec 2008 2:31pm Re: MOT centres - why do they do this? [Re: AX_125]
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You only get a free retest if the problem is an easy fix - the list is on this link.

Unfortunatly what this car was failed on would involve a re-test fee frown
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#275108 - 11th Dec 2008 12:04pm Re: MOT centres - why do they do this? [Re: StuyMac]
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Originally Posted By: StuyMac
Which garage was this matey?


I hate to put it here, but it was Walsh's on Cleveland street. They've been fine in the past.
Just this one, I've been over the car and most of the faults simply aren't there. Retest is out of the window though, as everything has been changed! smile
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#275127 - 11th Dec 2008 2:46pm Re: MOT centres - why do they do this? [Re: DavidB]
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This is why I only stick to using the one MOT station now. Fortunatly, I know the man who owns it well, and they won't take the pi$$. But, why should you need to know someone, just to be assured of a fair and legal (ie. telling you something is wrong when it clearly isnt, just to make you fail) MOT?

I think MOT stations should either be

a. independent, and do NO work at all on the cars;

or

b. Council/government run centres, whereby they have nothing to gain by adding jobs etc.

There should also be strict guidelines on pricing for jobs that fail, if they are to continue to let MOT centre's do the work; if they can have pricing guidelines on the MOT's themselves, then surely they can cap work pricing. I mean, some places will charge you 20.00 for a single window wiper, and then put one on that they got for 1.00 for two from Poundland. They will do this because they know you will pay it, you would rather pay that than say another 35 for a re-test...

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#275133 - 11th Dec 2008 2:59pm Re: MOT centres - why do they do this? [Re: MattLFC]
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You could always complain to VOSA
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#275136 - 11th Dec 2008 3:04pm Re: MOT centres - why do they do this? [Re: StuyMac]
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I have no real complaint, but I hate seeing people being shafted by a service run for the government.

VOSA are useless at the best of times mate, they can't even work out vehicles that are taxed and that are not because they rely on their computer database too much, and any error's are not their fault...

Besides, I don't wanna be giving them any more details to sell.

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#275140 - 11th Dec 2008 3:11pm Re: MOT centres - why do they do this? [Re: MattLFC]
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There must be some objection procedure, or MOT stations could fail you on something obviously not wrong and get away with it think

My mate has a test station - Ill ask him next time I see him wink
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