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    • Former MSE Wendy
    • By Former MSE Wendy 30th Sep 08, 1:27 PM
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    MOT Cost Cutting discussion
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    • 30th Sep 08, 1:27 PM
    MOT Cost Cutting discussion 30th Sep 08 at 1:27 PM


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    • darich
    • By darich 30th Sep 08, 2:21 PM
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    • 30th Sep 08, 2:21 PM
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    • 30th Sep 08, 2:21 PM
    Always beware of reduced rates or even free MOTs. The garage will invariably find a "fault" and claim something requires to be replced.

    I found out recently that many local council depots can carry out MOTs. They're more likely to give you an impartial test because they don't sell parts and can't make any money by saying your car fails on any given item.

    You'll pay the full price for the test but it's worth remembering and avoid the garage trying to sell you brakes, shockers etc and many other components that are difficult to check.

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  • 123margaretw
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    • 1st Oct 08, 1:59 PM
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    • 1st Oct 08, 1:59 PM
    whilst i agree with the majority of the info in the cheap mot tests, I feel I ought to point out that reputable garages do not look for repairs which cause a car to fail an mot. My husband has been in the trade over 50 years and has tested for over 40 years, he built up a very reputable business and he has customers come to here from miles away because he is good at what he does.
    Don't assume all garages are the same, yes there are some disreputable garages out there you have to find someone you can trust!
  • PollyS
    • #4
    • 1st Oct 08, 6:09 PM
    Correction
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    • 1st Oct 08, 6:09 PM
    In the list of Council MOT Centres the one for Ivybridge in the South Hams should be listed as Devon in the County section of the list (Ivybridge is the town where the MOT centre is & South Hams is the District). The rest of the address is Blachford Road, Ivybridge PL21 0AE. I've used them twice now & both times they've been very good.
  • Jeffrey
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    • 1st Oct 08, 7:32 PM
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    • 1st Oct 08, 7:32 PM
    I am looking for one around Tiverton area
  • elevero
    • #6
    • 2nd Oct 08, 12:55 PM
    Council MOT Centres
    • #6
    • 2nd Oct 08, 12:55 PM
    Or even Exeter! Devon is a large enough county.
  • PW07
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    • 6th Oct 08, 2:04 PM
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    • 6th Oct 08, 2:04 PM
    I have moved to the Sheffield / Rotherham can anybody recommend an MOT test centre
  • piperuk
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    • 6th Oct 08, 8:31 PM
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    • 6th Oct 08, 8:31 PM
    Little tip - don't have your car MOT'd and serviced at the same time. The garage can't then hold you to ransom over work needing to be done to get it through the test. Have the service done a few weeks before, and they should give you a list of advisories which you can then get sorted somewhere else if you wish, plus you'll have precious time to mull over their 'report'.

    What I do is use Tesco Clubcard Deals to get a service done at Nationwide Autocentre for free, obtain their list of 'advisories' when I pick the car up, laugh at their massive cost, then take the car to a trusted local garage for an MOT. Nationwide Autocentre Oldbury wanted nearly £400 to replace discs and pads and I ended up getting it done for £180 at a little independent 3 minutes away.

    Unfortunately I havent been so wise in the past and I've learnt at massive cost not to trust a car servicing 'chain' or dealer network!
  • nozzy6
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    • 6th Nov 08, 10:52 AM
    MOT & Service centre Farnham, Surrey
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    • 6th Nov 08, 10:52 AM
    Hi, can anyone recommend an MOT test centre in or near Farnham, Surrey please? My 55plate fiesta is almost due its first MOT and is about ready for a service as well. I've previously had it serviced at kwik fit and the nationwide autocentre but wondered if there was a cheaper alternative? I've considered the council run places but I do alot of miles and I think its unlikely it will get through without any work being needed, but on the other hand there is nothing obviously wrong with it. any tips would be most appreciated as I know next to nothing about cars!

    thanks
  • Asteconn
    If I may suggest one *big* money saver that I've done: get a haynes manual for your car and follow its pre-mot checklist. It'll take you through everything that the testers will do and you can spot any failures before you fail.

    Don't reply with "I know nothing about cars though!", because all of it is super-simple and doable by someone with no mechanical experience.
    • RichyRich
    • By RichyRich 12th Nov 08, 6:58 PM
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    I was well impressed with the MOT Test at Newcastle City Council's Shieldfield Road Depot. I was expecting to pay the full £53.10, but was delighted when I was only charged £35. Discounted rate and no incentive to fail to boot! Highly recommended
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  • Melster
    Actual Proof
    Last year I took my 5 year old Xtrail to Nationwide Autocentres in Guildford for an MOT because there was an online offer. The car failed on emissions (but it is diesel) then went on to pass with a infusion of fuel cleaner however I was given a list of 'amber' issues which apparently needed dealing with asap including new front brake disks and pads plus a quote for the recommended work - some £600. I decided to see how the car went on the basis that it had passed so was legally ok and mentally prepared for having a huge bill at the next test.
    Nationwide Autocentres sent me a reminder pack and called me a couple of weeks ago to persuade me to book the car in but on the advice of this website I had already arranged for the Council test centre to do the MOT with a view to damage limitation of the bank account
    So you can imagine my surprise and delight when the Council testing depot in Guildford passed the car first time without fault of any kind, including brakes.........
    I can now only believe that not only were Nationwide Autocentres less than truthful in their assessment of the car in 2007 I'd go as far to say guilty of premeditated fraud as had I accepted their offer to take the car back this year I would be significantly worse off for no reason.....
    In case you didn't get the name thats NATIONWIDE AUTOCENTRES GUILDFORD who are as the name suggests a national company with I would imagine a national policy.....
    Thank you for the advice Martin you're a star
  • Melster
    Theres one at Woking Road Guildford. Excellent. I was nearly ripped off by Nationwide Autocentres. See post.
  • igaquo1
    Bad news! On booking my car today into the Waltham Forest council MOT centre in Walthamstow, London, I was told that the council was preparing to close down the centre. I'm not sure at what stage the decision is, but I'd suggest to everyone if they support these independent council MOT centres then should they use the Waltham Forest council MOT centre to try and reduce its chances of closing. Even write an email or letter to the Council as well might help. I've just emailed them for confirmation and their reasons.

    http://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/inde...ot-testing.htm
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    London E10 7AS
  • jmdavies
    Denbighshire County Council's Fleet Management and Vehicle Maintenance Centre is located on the Expressway Business Park in Bodelwyddan and as well as maintaining the County's vehicles and that of a number of other customers it also has an MOT Testing facility open to the general public.

    The Maintenance Centre's opening hours are currently 7.30am to 9pm, Monday to Friday. Please contact us on 01745 839230 if you would like to book a test or discuss any vehicle maintenance issues.

    Fleet Management and Vehicle Maintenance
    Expressway Business Park
    Abergele Road
    Bodelwyddan
    LL18 5SQ
  • Bex saving lots
    New Deal at Nationwide Auto Centres
    I know Martin's article on MOT's advises caution when using MOT centres but sometimes it's unavoidable. Just found this great deal from Nationwide Auto Centres which gives £20 off and MOT to refered friends and family - and if they use it you get sent £20 fuel voucher.

    http://www.nationwideautocentres.co.uk/ReferAFriend.aspx

    Definitley going to give it a go as both cars in our household need doing!! In addition, if you are an AA memeber, you automatically recieve discounts on all services - I will let you know if I get these discounts and am still able to use the £20 discount voucher!
  • steveo3002
    I know Martin's article on MOT's advises caution when using MOT centres but sometimes it's unavoidable. Just found this great deal from Nationwide Auto Centres which gives £20 off and MOT to refered friends and family - and if they use it you get sent £20 fuel voucher.

    http://www.nationwideautocentres.co.uk/ReferAFriend.aspx

    Definitley going to give it a go as both cars in our household need doing!! In addition, if you are an AA memeber, you automatically recieve discounts on all services - I will let you know if I get these discounts and am still able to use the £20 discount voucher!
    Originally posted by Bex saving lots
    nationwide is well known for scamming customers into extra work that isnt needed
    • kate_pixie
    • By kate_pixie 23rd Mar 09, 1:46 PM
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    Has anyone had bad experiences of Kwik Fit? I know it's an evil chain and that you pay for convenience, but it would save me taking a day off work to get the car MOT'd, and my local Council run MOT Centre is the other side of the county.

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  • iwanttosave
    Has anyone had bad experiences of Kwik Fit? I know it's an evil chain and that you pay for convenience, but it would save me taking a day off work to get the car MOT'd, and my local Council run MOT Centre is the other side of the county.
    Originally posted by kate_pixie
    I was just thinking of them. My OH used them last year (only due to getting a free text with his insurance). They were very good, had to keep going back to technical issues on their side.
    Failed it the first time on a rubber boot (CV boot I think he said), he said 'The thing was it was a new one the year before' :confused:. And that it looked like it has been ground down, and there was no normal ware and tare on it at all.
    Also failed on the emimistions. Cost him like £8 to sort out, kwik-fit wanted £65 to do the work.
    Id say good but worth thinking about.
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    • billesniper
    • By billesniper 9th Apr 09, 12:19 PM
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    billesniper
    There are a few new MOTMax stations in the local area (Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire) that only do MOT's and advertise the fact that because they only do MOT's they have no vested interest to fail your vehicle. Because of this, they say there pass rate is a lot higher than the national average. They are also doing a few promotions; one is where if your car doesn't pass, you don't pay. The other is by booking online you save £5. The website is www.motmax.co.uk if anyone is interested. Highly recommended!!
    Originally posted by bananaman can
    Just to say I used Motmax on Tuesday in Lincoln, and they are very good plus If you are a women driver the reception is staffed by a women so no intimidation problems like some garages.

    Book the car online two weeks in advance print off the voucher and it only costs £29.95.As bananaman said they have no interest in servicing or parts so nothing for them to gain by failing you.
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