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    Default Nation tres MOT Q

    just looking at nation tyres for oil change only £32.05 for my vectra dti
    but reading the MOt if it states this

    Customer Advice - Diesel Engines

    As part of the Diesel MOT test you may be asked questions about your vehicle's maintenance history, for example, has the timing belt been replaced recently?
    Why is this information important?

    The check has been designed to make sure, as far as possible, that no damage occurs to the engine whilst undergoing a diesel emissions test.
    The tester has to satisfy himself that the engine is in a fit condition to test. If the tester thinks that the emissions test may damage your vehicle, he may refuse to test it.




    does that mean if they test it and dont ask when it was changed and the timing belt goes why doing the smoke test are they liable????

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    I remember when the smoke test first came in a lot of diesels engines were wrecked during the smoke test, I guess its a get out clause for them.

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    Just get the oil & filter done at your local National... that's what I do.
    I'd be more worried if a qualified MoT tester started asking questions about when oil changes were done or similar. Remember, shedloads of MoTs are done with the owner not present.... do they ring the owner to find out when the last maint. was done ... methinks not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handyandy-UK View Post
    Just get the oil & filter done at your local National... that's what I do.
    I'd be more worried if a qualified MoT tester started asking questions about when oil changes were done or similar. Remember, shedloads of MoTs are done with the owner not present.... do they ring the owner to find out when the last maint. was done ... methinks not.

    got my last oil change done there, is there a way i can test them to see if they have changed the filter ??? i suppose i could ask to see the old filter?

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    The reason they ask is exactly because they are liable for any damage they cause. Asking you if it was done recently or according to manufacturers recommendations is so they can make an informed decision whether to test it or not, because take a scenario where a car has say 130,000 miles on the clock and the Q is asked, the presenter then says "Oh it's never had one...", then the tester will refuse to test (I would anyway) as he may cause the belt to snap when doing the smoke test. If the presenter says, "yea, always been changed according to manufacturers recommendations..." the the tester will test, BUT if the belt was to snap, the garage is STILL liable for the damage. Asking is not a 'get out clause', its a means of determining whether to do it or not. Bottom line is ALWAYS that on MOT, any damage caused by the tester is down to the garage to rectify, not you.
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    Scratching, or marking, the old filter is the easiest way, but in general just check which make of filter your car had when it went it and what kind it has on the way out, chances are they will be different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DasArab View Post
    Scratching, or marking, the old filter is the easiest way, but in general just check which make of filter your car had when it went it and what kind it has on the way out, chances are they will be different.

    i was thinking about doing that, were is the filter located on the dti??? is it like other filters? they just screw on? or are they paper filters and you put the cap/top back on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris1804 View Post
    got my last oil change done there, is there a way i can test them to see if they have changed the filter ??? i suppose i could ask to see the old filter?
    Stand there and watch them change it.

    Tell them 'I have a few concerns about the last time it was changed and I need to see the state of the filter as you remove it.'


    You're the customer... you're paying the bill.... you make the rules.

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    I had a voucher for them, saying 20% off brake discs and pads. I had the pads done, handed over the voucher, and they said...no,no, this is for discs AND pads together!
    I said it didn't say when purchased together, but they sent me on my way. I got the 20% refunded after complaining to the head office who agreed it was badly worded.
    Check their website for any vouchers/deals.

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