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    • dwg610
    • By dwg610 11th Apr 18, 3:47 PM
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    MOT with extra charge for labour
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    • 11th Apr 18, 3:47 PM
    MOT with extra charge for labour 11th Apr 18 at 3:47 PM
    Hello,
    Hoping someone can help here. I had an MOT which passed without any additional work required. It is a 5-seat family car. I got an invoice through the post for £88.50. Here is the breakdown of costs;

    Service / Labour Charge - £33.75
    VAT at 20% - £6.75
    MOT Certificate - £48.00
    Amount Due - £88.50

    Am I being ripped off here?! I always thought you paid a set fee for the MOT which included the cost of labour, e.g £45.00 or something like that? And if there was work done to pass it, then extra charges are applied?
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    • wgl2014
    • By wgl2014 11th Apr 18, 3:52 PM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 3:52 PM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 3:52 PM
    I'd call up and ask them.

    I've never had a labour charge added to an MOT unless some additional work was done, maybe they had to make some adjustments or something like that and have billed for a half hours labour?
    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 11th Apr 18, 4:13 PM
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    • #3
    • 11th Apr 18, 4:13 PM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 4:13 PM
    Are you sure they did the test themselves, and you're not paying for their time in taking it to the test?

    Or is the labour for a pre-MOT check of some kind?
    • marlot
    • By marlot 11th Apr 18, 4:58 PM
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    • #4
    • 11th Apr 18, 4:58 PM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 4:58 PM
    Does the garage you asked to do the work do MOTs? It sounds like they had to take it to an MOT station.
    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 11th Apr 18, 5:07 PM
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    • #5
    • 11th Apr 18, 5:07 PM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 5:07 PM
    The maximum test costs is £54.85 for car, most garages charge less. Looks like your garage has charged you £48 for the MOT, and the rest is for additional work. Looks cheap to me.

    • Muscle750
    • By Muscle750 11th Apr 18, 5:10 PM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 5:10 PM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 5:10 PM
    When you booked it in you should have got a price then prior, There is quite a variance in what places charge. As stated sounds to me as if the garage you used dont have a MOT testing facilty and they took it elsewhere to be tested.
    • lofielectronic
    • By lofielectronic 11th Apr 18, 7:04 PM
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    • #7
    • 11th Apr 18, 7:04 PM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 7:04 PM
    As mentioned above, need to work out what the labour charge is.

    I don't think they can charge a time based labour rate just for completing an MOT legally, and have certainly never heard of it.

    I've heard of garages who offer a pick up/drop off service and charging extra for that but if all you have had done is the MOT and no other work was done then yes, something is odd here.
    • arcon5
    • By arcon5 11th Apr 18, 7:19 PM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 7:19 PM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 7:19 PM
    The maximum test costs is £54.85 for car, most garages charge less. Looks like your garage has charged you £48 for the MOT, and the rest is for additional work. Looks cheap to me.
    Originally posted by sevenhills
    Looks cheap how?
    We don't know what they did. If it turns out it was for a number plate bulb does it still look cheap?
    Don't think we can say whats what really can we
    • Noree
    • By Noree 11th Apr 18, 10:23 PM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 10:23 PM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 10:23 PM
    The MOT test fee is the labour of the job. So a £30 MOT will cost £30 all in. Any separate other work on top of that can then be charged at the garages normal labour rate.

    Looking at what the OP has listed, it appears there!!!8217;s nothing that suggests other work, like parts etc.

    If this is the case then this garage is potentially wide open for DVSA to go in and take action.
    • bob_a_builder
    • By bob_a_builder 11th Apr 18, 11:33 PM
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    I'm sure they'll come up with something - how about adjusting the headlights ? whose to say they did or didn't
    • Begsey
    • By Begsey 12th Apr 18, 8:32 AM
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    Just a thought, how did you book the mot? Direct with the garage? Or through a 3rd party/google link?
    • macman
    • By macman 12th Apr 18, 9:35 AM
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    It would be much simpler just to phone them and ask...
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    • societys child
    • By societys child 12th Apr 18, 1:21 PM
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    It would be much simpler just to phone them and ask...
    Originally posted by macman
    Far too easy . . .

    • Noree
    • By Noree 12th Apr 18, 9:16 PM
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    I'm sure they'll come up with something - how about adjusting the headlights ? whose to say they did or didn't
    Originally posted by bob_a_builder
    Even if they did tweak the headlamp aim, it wouldnít cost anything extra as you do it as part of the test. If it was a larger job, the PRS, but as long as the customer/presenter authorises the job. Then if an even bigger job, then the customer/presenter authorises it.

    DVSA have done away with simple headlamp aim adjustment as a separate job from an MOT. Youíll be surprised how many MOT testers havenít realised this.
    • marlot
    • By marlot 12th Apr 18, 10:00 PM
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    Hello,
    Hoping someone can help here. I had an MOT which passed without any additional work required. It is a 5-seat family car. I got an invoice through the post for £88.50. Here is the breakdown of costs;

    Service / Labour Charge - £33.75
    VAT at 20% - £6.75
    MOT Certificate - £48.00
    Amount Due - £88.50

    Am I being ripped off here?! I always thought you paid a set fee for the MOT which included the cost of labour, e.g £45.00 or something like that? And if there was work done to pass it, then extra charges are applied?
    Originally posted by dwg610
    I don't know why people post questions and then don't respond when others try to help.
    • stator
    • By stator 13th Apr 18, 12:13 AM
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    I don't know why people post questions and then don't respond when others try to help.
    Originally posted by marlot
    OP just wants to know the legal situation before they query the garage.
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