Kwik Fit MOT/BG44K Scam

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Motoring
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  • Yep and bg44 does work for a bit of a clean up - you'd generally need to run a tank through first tho not just fire it in and redo the test
  • SCOSCO Forumite
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    No all Kwick-Fit branches are run by cowboys.

    I was in our local one getting a new tyre (only because they had it in stock and it needed doing straight away) when a bloke had his MOT done. The car failed, something to do with his suspension. What it boiled down to was a plastic grommet or cover had cracked.

    The cost to fix it was £400 as company policy was to replace the whole part. :eek:

    The guy serving him said that it was only required that the grommet/cover was replace and gave him the number of a local garage that would be able to do it for a fraction of the price.

    That means that the rip-off mentality comes from the top down then if you can replace a grommet/cover without replacing the whole part.
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  • edited 24 November 2012 at 12:40PM
    NiowrttNiowrtt Forumite
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    edited 24 November 2012 at 12:40PM
    They gave me the hard sell for same stuff this summer ... during an aircon refill.

    Warning: Kwik Fit rant follows

    I'd considered Kwik Fit safe for an aircon refill since it's a simple task done by a machine. Yet they messed even this up: the machine did the refill, then they closed the bonnet, started the car and revved it for several minutes. They didn't notice that the pump had seized until they noticed the smoke.

    I promised myself I'd never go to Kwik Fit after they performed an authorised wheel alignment on a nearly new car during a routine tyre change and ruined the tracking (took two garages and three re-alignments to get the car to go straight, and the steering wheel is still offset 6 years later), then had the audacity to charge me for it. They also destroyed my locking wheel nut key on the same day - I'd watched the "mechanic" do it without realising; he'd jacked the car up before loosening the nuts, so span the wheel against a breaker bar.
  • LeeUKLeeUK Forumite
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    Complaint emailed to Kwik Fit.

    Bunch of crooks they are.


  • lemontartlemontart Forumite
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    I must be an exceptation as had nothing but exemplary service from kwik fit in kettering and in York when I had to sort a flat tyre recently.
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  • Just a scam i thought everyone knew why they charge a lower price for mot.
    Anyway had my mot today was given my emissions print out with my mot certificate and my car is lpg/petrol
  • LeeUKLeeUK Forumite
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    copystuff wrote: »
    Just a scam i thought everyone knew why they charge a lower price for mot.
    Anyway had my mot today was given my emissions print out with my mot certificate and my car is lpg/petrol

    They told me that "the system has changed" and that no one gets emission print outs any more. :rotfl:


  • sillygoosesillygoose Forumite
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    SCO wrote: »
    Would not use kwick-fit apart from if they price match on tyres and have them that day when others dont.

    they told me my track rod ends were knackared when i wanted my tracking done got them checked by my mechanic, guess what nothing wrong with them!

    Even that is risky as fitting a tyre properly seems to elude them, their balance weights must be made of solid Platinum as they are reluctant to fit enough of them unless forced. I have never had a tyre fitted by Kwikfit that didn't require a test drive to confirm the steering wheel shaking out my hands and a swift return for a proper balance.
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  • red_eyered_eye Forumite
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    No all Kwick-Fit branches are run by cowboys.

    I was in our local one getting a new tyre (only because they had it in stock and it needed doing straight away) when a bloke had his MOT done. The car failed, something to do with his suspension. What it boiled down to was a plastic grommet or cover had cracked.

    The cost to fix it was £400 as company policy was to replace the whole part. :eek:

    The guy serving him said that it was only required that the grommet/cover was replace and gave him the number of a local garage that would be able to do it for a fraction of the price.
    never heard of a plastic suspension grommet to cause a fail, in fact the only cover grommet things are to over the top nuts and make it pretty, no safety or structural at all
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