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Re: Beware the MOT, a story of 4 garages

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madnoel10, I absolutely agree, however I have been unhappy with the first garage for some time and had asked the opinion of one of my neighbours who I knew used the same garage and he had also lost faith in their judgment. That's what really what spurred me on to check.

Just to clarify I would never recommend anyone try multiple garages to get a MOT. If your vehicle has a problem you need to get it fixed and in my case I was satisfied with the second opinion and MOT pass and feel confident the car is safe.

If a wheel drops of tomorrow I will let you know ;-)
I see your point but did the first garage explain exactly why they deemed the steering to be unsafe or did you ask to see what they spotted.

Also if you or your neighbour feel the garage in question is either untrustworthy or incompetent why not report them to VOSA who have responsibilty for overseeing such standards.

After all if you bought something from a shop which tried to palm you off with unsuitable or dodgy goods would you not report then to Consumer Active or local Trading Standards.

In my opinion these type of establishments will continue to get away with it as long as we let them. Or in the words of the Tooting Popular Front - power to the people.
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Re: Beware the MOT, a story of 4 garages

On the flip side of this story, I have a friend who asked me to take a look at their newly purchased Golf. It had been supplied with a full years' MOT.
On the whole it was a very tidy car. Mechanically sound, but ............ there was a hole in the floor under the front passenger seat you could put your fist through. The edges of the hole had a significant amount of rust evident so it wasn't a fresh "injury."
The garage claimed he must have done it himself. Now, bearing in mind he'd only owned the car for less than 24hrs, this was a tad far fetched. It looked like someone had tried to lift the car with a trolley jack, but had missed the jacking point ..... by about a foot !
We spoke to our local VOSA station who took a look at the car and agreed with our findings. Funny how the garage responded once VOSA were on their case. Their attitude changed immediately. The damage was repaired and was inspected by VOSA before the car was returned. Their inspector reckoned they would be getting a few dummy cars sent through that particular garage so they could keep an eye on them.
Most garages know they cannot afford to lose the income generated by being an MOT station so are terrified of VOSA.


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Re: Beware the MOT, a story of 4 garages

There's some brilliant stories here

I certainly have done the same type of thing in the past.. get a fail on something you know isn't faulty so go to a different garage and get a pass. I've had some pretty heated exchanges with garages particularly over bushes. They know that rubber can be made to look perished, or at least made to sound like it's perished, very easily so this is one thing I always watch out for. That and steering racks.

They know most people, even competant home mechanics, will not take on a steering rack so it's a cert job. I had a failure on a VW Jetta for this once.. took it to a different garage and got a pass. Drove it for another 4 years without so much as a knock on the wheel.

They say avoid cut price MOT's as they're out to get money of you in other ways.
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