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Re: Difference between MOT and minor service

I can definately see where your coming from,but in all honesty the difference between a component passing an MOT and going through a service without being mentioned as worn is quite large.An MOT is a basic safety check (some people don't realise just how basic,in fact I'd say most testers don't completely realise how bad a component has to be to fail an MOT.),a service should find many more advisory and replacement recommendations.

Having said that,if your keeping the car for a while and know what your looking at then there is absolutely no reason why you couldn't give your car a small service and check it over your self,just don't fall into the trap of thinking that an MOT is the be-all and end-all of knowing how good your car is.Check all the points that a service should cover completely disregarding that the car has just had an MOT.
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