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The MOT.
Its a funny old thing - the mot test. It's probably the most misunderstood area of the garage trade.  An MOT done properly is a valid and worthwhile safety test, to a point. Though often is devalued and discounted. I can never work out why some garages are so quick to heavily discount the test fee, especially given the large costs to install an MOT testing bay. You have to ask yourself "How is the Fred In A Shed Garage Co. going to make a living charging 25.00 for an M.O.T?" and then smell a rat - a very big rat! Given that the garage has to recover the cost of owning an mot bay the only way to make profit on a discounted mot is either to cut corners or carry out unnecessary repairs- "and that aint good". Especially when you come back to the fact that it is primarily a safety test designed to protect you and your family.

Even completed properly there are a few points worth bearing in mind:-

? The mot test is a snapshot of your vehicles condition on that day. As an mot tester you cant look at a component and fail it just because you think it may fail six months down the road.

? Nothing is stripped down on the mot. For example, a tester cant take your wheels off to check your brakes - if you can't see it, you can't test it. Strangely the tester has to take off your fuel cap to check the seal, but is not allowed to take off the brake fluid reservoir cap to check the brake fluid level - great eh?

? Just because its passed an MOT it doesn't make it legal! Take tinted windows for example, If you front door windows are tinted it wont fail an mot, yet a keen policeman would see things differently. The police work to a different set of regulations ( construction and use blended with a few old wives tails quite often! )

? The mot is not a replacement for a service. An mot is just a visual check - no adjustments, no stripping, no cleaning.

We are operating the computerised testing system. This system has revolutionised mot testing. The main benefit to you is the ability to tax your vehicle online - any time of the day or night and no questions either! The MoT is a computer generated pass ticket (A4 sized VT20). Simply go to http://www.vehiclelicence.gov.uk/