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    Default MOT time again!

    That time of year again, car is in for it's third MOT today. Sat at the dealers waiting for it to go into the bay, then I'll go and watch.

    Not anticipating any problems - don't want to tempt fate but it should fly through. lol - it is kinda well looked after and serviced.

    It runs out tomorrow and I managed to squeeze it in today in a slot. I didn't get a reminder from the dealer (normally I do) but I knew it was due soon so good job I checked last week!

    Right, cars just gone into bay so off I go to watch.

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    I'm sure it will fly through with no problems!

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    Fingers crossed Duncan. Nothing worse than paying for bit's that don't make the car look better. It should fly through.

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    Here's my experience at MOT time from 2 months ago for my Omega:

    Warning: Identities in this post have been changed to protect the innocent. But as no one is innocent in this sad sign of the times, I've named everyone. Lol.

    Took my Omega to local Vx Dealer (Marshalls of Knebworth/Woolmer Green) for an MoT on a Saturday morning; 2 hours later they tell me it's failed on 2 points: fracture on N/S rear coil spring, and misaligned O/S h/lamp. They can't do any of it today (I didn't ask them) because of some ABS recalls they're busy with. Quote for springs is £398, but supervisorman tells me we both know I can get it a lot cheaper elsewhere. Make booking there and then for free retest the next Saturday.

    ATS in Stevenage replace both rear coil springs for £150, including alignment. When I go to collect car, they've lost 2 of the wheel nut caps - they find one straight away, and promise to phone me if they find the other when they have their clear up. "Yeah, right" I think. Two days later they do indeed find it and phone me - that's what I call making up for a mistake!

    Now to the h/lamp alignment (which ATS can't do as they don't do MoTs there) - I take it to STS Tyre Pro (misnomer if ever I saw one) in Stevenage High Street, tell them the O/S headlamp needs alignment checking. 30 mins later they come back and tell me that BOTH h/lamps are misaligned, not just the O/S, and that try as they might they can't adjust them - they've reached the end of the adjustment range and beams are still shooting out at weird angles. The ONLY fix they say, is a pair of brand new headlamps. I tell them that can't be right - the Vx dealer passed the N/S, why would they do that if it was faulty? "Oh no, they shouldn't have done that, that's naughty... blah blah blah" they reply.

    At this point I decide these people are Numpties, but not cowboys - they're tyre fitters after all, they don't sell h/lamps, so they're not trying to rip me off, they just don't know how to use their beam alignment checking device. Then Supervisor Numpty pulls out a calculator and says he'll price up a pair of new headlamps for me. Oh, so they DO do h/lamps - that explains it! Don't bother Mr SupervisorNumpty I say, whatever price you can come up with, I'm sure I can get them cheaper elsewhere and fit them myself! I stomp out.

    Back to Vx Dealer for the retest, and tell them the h/lamp alignment still needs doing but I've had the springs done already. 2.5 hours later, they tell it's passed the MoT, and I owe them 585. £585? What?? No, £5.85 for a new bulb. Turns out the alignment was fine, it was just the bulb giving a poor beam pattern in the O/S h/lamp. Gave him £6 and told him to keep the change. Lol

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    Talk about taking a thread off-topic!

    Anyway, back home now - car basically sailed through the MOT. The emissions were a bit close, but just inside, due to me now having the Stage 3 and the larger injectors and sports cat which I didn't have at last year's MOT.

    I had one teensy, weensy advisory which was simply the inside of one front disc had a bit of pitting/corrosion where the pad wasn't making full contact on the very outer edge. It isn't affecting braking in any way and absolutely nothing to worry about, but just something he needed to note once he saw it. The dealer I use are very thorough with the MOTs, which I'm glad they are, so I know that when it's passed it's after a very thorough going over.

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    Good news Duncan always feel edgy at MOT time even when you know it's in good condition

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    Talk about taking a thread off-topic!
    Yea, I'll remember to fall on my sword for that liberty.

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    Thats good news matey, mine will be going in december for its first mot

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    Glad it passed Duncan, mine is being done tomorrow ! think i'm more nervous about that than the job interview I had today LOL

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    It's always a worrying moment, as it can cost so much if you fail.
    I've just remembered that the extended Network Q warranty gives you MOT insurance for quite a high figure, so not such a worry next year!

    Phil

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