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As opposed to MOT in the UK where there are certainly places I would never take a car into for an MOT.
Far too easy to snare the unwary into a long list of "repairs" that could well pass at a more less driven MOT station.
I have two local stations that specialise in MOTs for the trade and though they will, do not like repairing motors.
Suits me, if they pass I'm happy and if a fail, it's always been one I agreed with.
I live in Northern Ireland were we have our own government test centres who have no axe to grind financially.
Most people who live here who buy a car from the UK mainland usually take their car immediately to a local MOT because they have so little trust in the mainland privatised system and the toothless VOSA agency.
I have to say the system over here is tough but fair and they don't give advisories. Either the car passes or fails. They also publish monthly figures on their website showing the pass and failure rates for each centre plus the most common reasons for failure. Also there is an appeals procedure to a chief examiner and you can phone for technical advice if there is a dispute. Up unitil recently a car that required an MOT had to display a disc on the windscreen. Due to a centralised online database this has now been discontinued. Personally I thought the display disc was a good idea becuase if you went to buy a car you could tell at a glance when it was last tested.
Currently in madnoel10's garage:
Honda Civic 1.4l