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I know most of the people on here are waiting for their new vehicles to arrive. But this might come in handy in three year's time when the MOT's due... I didn't know about it. I'm assuming most of us don't.




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Very interesting, I didn't know about council run MOT stations (Leeds & Harrogate are nearest to me), but to be fair, I take mine to a garage that are very good and dont rip people off, but good to know all the same.
 

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Thanks for this Bingalau. I also have a very good local garage with an excellent reputation and fair pricing but I'd never heard of this and it's really useful to know, especially as there's one less than ten minutes away from me in Leeds
 

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Bingalau said:
I know most of the people on here are waiting for their new vehicles to arrive. But this might come in handy in three years's time when the MOT's due..http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-mot#mapfinder
You have to do the MOT in the UK already at 3 years...?!?! In Switzerland it starts at 5 years then every 3 after that (emission tests are done every 2 years).
 

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We did look at extending the MOT intervals but as you can see below the idea was scrapped


GOVERNMENT SCRAPS PLAN TO EXTEND MOT INTERVALS<?: prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" />

Posted on 01 February 2012

Government
proposals to extend MOT test intervals from the current system of 3-1-1 have
been scrapped in favour of a drive to improve standards with codes of conduct
and additional mystery shopping.

Previously
unpublished figures from VOSA show that 27.7% of cars tested in 2010-2011 had
defects missed by MOT stations, and are key to the decision to stick with the
3-1-1 system. The data also shows that one in eight cars were incorrectly
assessed by MOT stations in 2010-2011.

Transport
Secretary Justine Greening said the focus instead would be to work with
industry, motoring organisations and consumer groups to focus on the
reliability and standards of garages. It also wants to provide a user-generated
review system of MOT stations.

""Our
garages are crucial to ensuring that Britain's roads continue to be among the
safest in the world. Most are doing good work but the latest data shows that
there is room for improvement,""� said Greening.

""I want
each motorist to be confident that a visit to the garage ends with their car
repaired to a high standard by reputable mechanics rather than uncertainty
about cost and the quality of service.

""Giving
drivers the very best information about garage performance is absolutely key to
achieving this goal. It means that responsible garages will be well placed to
reap the commercial benefits of transparency. Garages where performance is not
up to scratch will find themselves under pressure to do more for their
customers.""�
 

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It sounds like your MOT stations are private businesses which would account for the 3 year check (it's all about making money). Here in Switzerland MOTs are done only by government workers at the local Department of Motor Vehicles.
 

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vwild1 said:
It sounds like your MOT stations are private businesses which would account for the 3 year check (it's all about making money). Here in Switzerland MOTs are done only by government workers at the local Department of Motor Vehicles.
Mostly private, but also govenment owned (see first post of this thread)
 

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krojo said:
Our family cars are MOTd by a great garage in Idle.(Simpson)
Not sure I would be comfortable with the council doing it.
I have used Simpsons before as they are only at the bottom of my street (handy for dropping off). A good local established garage, been there quite a few years now.
 

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krojo said:
Not sure I would be comfortable with the council doing it.
No need to worry as Bradford Council don't have a test centre (they don't even have a city centre
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idletony said:
krojo said:
Not sure I would be comfortable with the council doing it.
No need to worry as Bradford Council don't have a test centre (they don't even have a city centre
)

Harsh but fair Tony, but you DO have some of the best Indian food served anywhere and a very beautiful old theatre
 
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