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    • MSE Archna
    • By MSE Archna 12th Sep 05, 5:22 PM
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    Driving down the costs of MOT's/ discussion
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    • 12th Sep 05, 5:22 PM
    Driving down the costs of MOT's/ discussion 12th Sep 05 at 5:22 PM
    This discussion relates to the guide to

    Cheap MOT certificates and local council test centres
    which includes a full list of the special test areas

    Click reply to discuss.

    See an earlier incarnation of this discussion here.

    Last edited by MSE Martin; 14-09-2008 at 2:18 PM.
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    • jimjames
    • By jimjames 5th Oct 14, 8:02 PM
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    MOTs are easy to pass by vehicles in sound condition. This is the last place you want to, "save" money.
    Originally posted by colino
    Totally agree.

    If there is an item on the car that is in a condition that is borderline or debatable whether it is a pass or fail then surely you'd want to get it fixed.

    I can only recall 2 MOT failures I've had in the last 10 years or so, one was a bulb that was checked previous day and other was for top mount. Both were good reasons to fail.

    My car passed yesterday at a local tyre centre, cost 35 and no advisories. Car is 12 years old with 246,000 miles yet is regularly serviced and maintained as required. I do wonder whether some failures are purely due to a lack of maintenance.
    Remember the saying: if it looks too good to be true it almost certainly is.
  • Geordie Lad
    Council MOT Centres
    My county (Northampton) doesn't have a "public" MOT Centre and my nearest one (Milton Keynes) discontinued the public MOT service a couple of years ago. Now I'm at the mercy of the local car dealers or workshops.
    • paulderedon
    • By paulderedon 10th Dec 15, 10:40 AM
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    Stafford Council MOT
    Just had my 2003 car MOTd at Staffs County Council Beacon Business Park depot.

    Only had to wait 2 days for appointment.
    Nice waiting room. Friendly staff. Passed with 2 minor advisories.

    Paid 35 for the test

    Very impressed with the set up.
    • bowlhead99
    • By bowlhead99 10th Dec 15, 11:14 AM
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    Not bad, our local council one in North London has been closed for 3 or 4 years as they couldn't afford to keep operating it at a loss.

    Camden council run one down in Kings Cross but costs ~55. They do give a free sachet of screenwash (every little helps!) and will do a free retest within 10 days.

    I'm still using main dealer servicing to preserve my extended warranty, so I just had them do the MOT which is allegedly half price (30) if they do it at the same time as the service. But the rest of the service cost 270 so really they could tell me it was a 260 service and a 40 MOT or whatever and I'm still giving them 300...
    • Alloneword
    • By Alloneword 17th Feb 16, 2:00 PM
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    No mention of motorcycles on here, does anyone know if these places do MOT's for motorcycles?
    I have tried ring my local one on the list but always engaged.

    • Gazgandalf
    • By Gazgandalf 17th Feb 16, 8:07 PM
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    South Cumbria
    I have used Regal Motors across from B&Q for years. It doesn't matter whether it is an MOT or repairs, I take it in and leave it with them knowing that only what needs to be repaired will be repaired and the mechanics will go through what was done.

    There aren't many garages you could confidently drop off you car and know no un-necessary EXTRAS are going to be added.

    I had a car once that was going to cost a fortune for a new exhaust pipe. I was told it could not be repaired by a famous well-known quick fitters.

    Took it into Regal and a piece was welded, saving me a fortune (it might have been my merc). Give them a try for an honest estimate.

    Regal MOT, Barrow in Furness
    24-28 Lawson Street
    LA14 2NU
    • geoffhead
    • By geoffhead 18th Feb 16, 10:14 AM
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    Bradford Met., Dist., Council Test Centre, Shearbridge Road, Bradford Tel., 01274 433585 Charge full M.O.T. rate
    Have not used them??
    I use The Pakistani Test Centre behind Mumtaz Restaurant, Gt. Horton Road Bradford, entry from Horton Grange Road.

    CHARGES wait for it 15.00 (includes retest fee) Has got to be the cheapest in the Country.

    I used last year, failed on Hand break and Head light alignment cost me 65 and my car is an 02 Rover75 Try 01274 578053
    Last edited by geoffhead; 18-02-2016 at 10:17 AM. Reason: Wrong address
    • ASavvyBuyer
    • By ASavvyBuyer 1st Aug 16, 10:06 AM
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    MOT @ Torfaen Borough Council in Pontypool
    Found out today that the usual garage I have used for servicing and MOTs for the last 10 years has gone out of business. Shame as they were very honest and I never felt I was being ripped off for anything that didn't need doing. Car needs an MOT, so have decided to use a Council Depot MOT testing station following the tips from this Forum.
    Using the one run by Torfaen Borough Council in Pontypool.
    Booking on-line was straight forward and booked in for tomorrow. So will see how I get on and report back
    • ASavvyBuyer
    • By ASavvyBuyer 2nd Aug 16, 7:23 PM
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    ... Car needs an MOT, so have decided to use a Council Depot MOT testing station following the tips from this Forum.
    Using the one run by Torfaen Borough Council in Pontypool.
    Booking on-line was straight forward and booked in for tomorrow. So will see how I get on and report back
    Originally posted by ASavvyBuyer
    Well, that was a good experience; arrived early and tester took car in straight away to do the test. Receptionist even offered mugs of tea or coffee.
    Could see test being done on CCTV screen. Test completed and all OK. Tester even commented on good condition of car. Will certainly use again and recommend to friends & family.
    • roy.boy1
    • By roy.boy1 31st Aug 16, 4:31 AM
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    Wakefield west yorshire
    i used to work in Wakefield West Yorshire & the place to go is NEWON BAR council bin wagon main depo
    in there is the MOT Station
    I worked for the council for 18 years myself
    and never knew i could use my own council garage for myCars MOT
    as i run my classic cars as my hobbies i always went to indpendenet garage ???
    then one of the guys said call at newton bar for your MOT
    the best visit i ever made still go every year and now im into my 25th year of MOT WITH COUNCIL GARAGE BRILLIANT PLACES you feel as if your not waiting for that OHHHHH this is going to be expensive
    check your car before you book and feel the stress lift as it passes with out effort
    if it dose fail then it will be just what it needs and not how much they can SCAM YOU FOR so what you waiting for go COUNCIL and keep your local service going serving local people
    good luck
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