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Fuss over MOT examination

I have been involved in the motor trade for around 40 years and I have found many drivers thinking of buying a used car think if it has a current MOT certificate it is a measure of the cars quality and reliability. When in fact all an MOT certificate means that it was up to an acceptable safety standard at one moment in time. It could fail on a safety aspect or breakdown within minutes of it having it's MOT. Many motorists think - well it had its MOT - it should be OK for another year forgetting an MOT is only an inspection and in itself does not entail any prevenative or service maintainance. Personally I think too many people including car sales outlets place far too much importance on an MOT when in reality they should be concentrating on service history and independent pre-sales inspection reports.
Good servicing and maintenance is much, much more important. The number of times I have went to a car breakdown only to hear the driver say "It was MOT'ed just last week" - why has happened. I used to take the time and explain but nowadays I just smile and have a inward chuckle to myself.
An MOT certificate is no gauge of quality or reliabilty no matter what anyone says. A well maintained car usually passes MOT first time anyway

Thats my rant over for another wee while
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