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    • Wee Bargain Hunter
    • By Wee Bargain Hunter 15th Jun 10, 11:12 PM
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    • 15th Jun 10, 11:12 PM
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    • 15th Jun 10, 11:12 PM
    With regard to this weeks newsletter & the updated guide, NI has had a brilliant, government-run, MOT system for years. The link with all the info is here. As usual things are a bit different in NI in that we cannot use a private garage but must use an official centre. No great hardship though as they do a great job.
    • almillar
    • By almillar 16th Jun 10, 12:36 PM
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    • 16th Jun 10, 12:36 PM
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    • 16th Jun 10, 12:36 PM
    Quite right, this is one thing NI does right compared with the rest of the UK. Garages don't perform MOTs, official MOT centres do. You pay a fixed amount for your MOT, they perform it, and pass you or fail you, tell you what's wrong with it, and send you on your way. They don't care if there's anything wrong with your car, and won't offer to fix made-up faults to try to get money out of you.
    The only hints I can give are book early (through www.nidirect.gov.uk is quick!) to get a time that suits you,
    If you haven't booked early, phone between 9.30 and 10.00 in the morning to get cancellations,
    and if you fail, park round the front of the test centre and go in and re-book, which is cheaper and easier.
    • deeor
    • By deeor 16th Jun 10, 2:14 PM
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    • 16th Jun 10, 2:14 PM
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    • 16th Jun 10, 2:14 PM
    The drawbacks are the waiting times although these seem to have improved recently and the fact that you have to rebook and pay a second fee (18 I think) if you fail, even on one item.

    You also get a written reminder that the test is due although they let me down this year. Not sure if you get reminders in GB.

    We've also got a test disc which we must display on the windscreen.

    My son lives in Wales and simply drives in off the street to an MOT approved garage, but he has taken the trouble to find one with a good reputation.
    • Former MSE Andrea
    • By Former MSE Andrea 19th Mar 13, 8:36 PM
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    • deeor
    • By deeor 20th Mar 13, 8:44 AM
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    • 20th Mar 13, 8:44 AM
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    • 20th Mar 13, 8:44 AM
    DVA seem to have raised their game considerably. My neighbour's mot expires on 25 April and he got a reminder dated 7 March. There are now early evening and week-end slots at the MOT stations and the online booking system works smoothly.
    • almillar
    • By almillar 20th Mar 13, 12:58 PM
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    • 20th Mar 13, 12:58 PM
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    • 20th Mar 13, 12:58 PM
    Haven't had to wait for more than 2 weeks for an appointment since the upgrades were completed a few years ago just by way of update...
  • karen love
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    • 1st Oct 14, 11:24 AM
    MOT as guide for service
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    • 1st Oct 14, 11:24 AM
    Have been advised that I should go for MOT as a guide for "genuine" service requirements rather than single female being charged for work thats not really required. Not sure if this is good value for money advice ? waste of MOT fee 30 as has to be paid for re-test. Any helpful comments welcome
    • BeenThroughItAll
    • By BeenThroughItAll 1st Oct 14, 11:35 AM
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    • 1st Oct 14, 11:35 AM
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    • 1st Oct 14, 11:35 AM
    Have been advised that I should go for MOT as a guide for "genuine" service requirements rather than single female being charged for work thats not really required. Not sure if this is good value for money advice ? waste of MOT fee 30 as has to be paid for re-test. Any helpful comments welcome
    Originally posted by karen love


    What do you mean? An MOT will only show up any problems with testable items, but you could have a completely knackered gearbox, differential, or clutch, no coolant in the car, a holed radiator, brake pads with virtually no friction material, etc etc... none of which would fail your MOT.
    • Iceweasel
    • By Iceweasel 1st Oct 14, 11:47 AM
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    I agree - an MOT won't tell you anything about service requirements.

    Only about the things which are tested - and apart from the wiper-blades, brake pads, and tyres very few of those things are considered replacement service items.

    And even then worn out brakes for example will easily pass an MOT.
    • deeor
    • By deeor 1st Oct 14, 11:49 AM
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    Tend to agree with previous poster. However a small garage servicing your car cheaply may miss corroded items (eg brake pipes) which would be an MOT failure.The resit fee in NI is around 18.
    • BeenThroughItAll
    • By BeenThroughItAll 1st Oct 14, 11:51 AM
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    Tend to agree with previous poster. However a small garage servicing your car cheaply may miss corroded items (eg brake pipes) which would be an MOT failure.The resit fee in NI is around 18.
    Originally posted by deeor
    Not a surprise, since brake pipes would not be a service item in any case.


    That's why we have the MOT, and why servicing is also important. It's not either/or.
    • colino
    • By colino 1st Oct 14, 12:04 PM
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    If a garage, "servicing" your car failed to spot a rotten brake pipe and didn't suitably warned you, you need a new garage.
    As DVSA is now pushing for more private LGV testing, the current number of GVTS will reduce, and no doubt NI government sites will go out the window too.
    Privatisation. When a government changes a civil service department to an Agency, it is only a matter of time until it is completely privatised.
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