- Jan 31, 2018
Nothing wrong with our Mini main dealer for not. 7 years in our roadster s has been fine taken to them, last year £39. Top class service and coffee too.
The rule is - never take your car to it's dealership for a MOT.
UpdateSWMBO Kia is serviced /and was MOT ‘d by main dealer. My VW now out of guarantee is looked after by long standing local chap who does everything. Never had an advisory because he fixes it first. He’s now doing the Kia brakes and MOT. Main dealer service tech said different to MOT dept! Quoted me £800 for new discs and pads all round. Local Chap, using quality parts £550, First time ever I am disappointed with main dealer!
The vehicle was on a Service Plan and was insured for up to £750 MOT repairs so in the best interest of the dealer to have it pass its MOT without any costs.
Oh dear, got that wrong for decades then, though I have a vehicle failed only once since the MOT was introduced, that for a bulge on a hydraulic brake hose.
However, I take the very strong view I want to be the first to know if mine or my wife's car is in anyway unsafe or potentially moving that way.
I also take the view, that with the two brands franchised workshops unique handling of that brand. high exposure to that model and direct access to the bulletins from the makers, they are likely to be the best inform to do so.
That they picked up the failing brake hose, and rang me about, I was more than pleased about, plus I know it was replaced with an OEM part.
A longest you happy with the outcome of the cheapest MOT (but i didn"t know you can get one at £18 )I would love to believe that main dealerships had that level,of integrity. But I have personal experience of them attempting to fleece me on two occasions. And missed and bodged service procedures. I will now always stay very well clear.
I now shop around for the cheapest MOT, usually £18. They work to the same standards and are protective of their licence. I then fully trust my independant, owners are family friends which helps.
A longest you happy with the outcome of the cheapest MOT (but i didn"t know you can get one at £18 )
Hi John my car went to the local Volkswagen dealer and like what you said they updated my software it great now ( But you are handy with your hands ) I am not except when cooking that my expertise.Look for local offers on the likes of Groupon. In my opinion. An MOT is an MOT. I do though have sufficient expertise to keep an eye on what is required.
What I do miss by not using a main dealer is they will normally flash the ECU and bring the software up to date. This is ’free’ in a service. But to have it done on its own is about £85. But they are unable to tell you if updates are available beforehand.
My experience has been they always find some "fault"Why?
Do you think other garages aren’t looking for business also. I’ve had a number of different makes MoT’d at the dealerships generally along with their annual service too. Cannot say I’ve ever felt they have foisted unnecessary work onto me. As I normally do the mot well in advance if I were concerned I’d get a second opinion. But never have.
Took car to small independent garage who said bushes are supposed to wear and there is nothing wrong with them.
On our previous Jeep we had quotes from another Jeep dealer for fixing several items and the amount was nearly £2000. The Inde did a check and all that was required was about £400 worth of work.
We used the vehicle for a couple of years after that and none of the issues mentioned by the dealer showed up on any subsequent MOT or inspection and neither did they show up when the Jeep was checked by another Jeep dealer!
We had a service plan contract which is why we have used a Jeep dealer for the past 3 years.
Oddly enough my farther who was a depot manager for the local authority was of the opposite opinion. They would do an MOT for you but a simple blown bulb would fail it and you then had to go away source the part and go back for a retest on the problem part. Garages who you were familiar with would often just ring you and agree to fit the item before passing it. Possibly it depends on how willing a garage is to help and how far you trust them.When a car is still within it's warranty period I don't see a problem with using the supplying dealer, but when out of that period I have often used MOT stations (Local Authority or a local bus company) that have no service or repair facilities, In that way they can't have a vested interest in generating unnecessary work.
In theory service stations that offer MOT's should run the MOT as a separate entity, and the DVSA inspectors would be looking for any sharp practices that might be disadvantaging consumers, such as unreasonable fails, or unreasonable advisories.
IF you have a concern about the accuracy or administration of an MOT then contact
If you disagree about the outcome of an MOT, you need to report this to the DVSA. Click here for more details on what you need to do after a poor MOTwww.themotorombudsman.org
That is one of the disadvantages of using dedicated MOT stations, And Whilst that might be a bit of a nuisance, at least you can have a greater confidence that unnecessary work is not being generated by the station. The retest within the given period is of course free.Oddly enough my farther who was a depot manager for the local authority was of the opposite opinion. They would do an MOT for you but a simple blown bulb would fail it and you then had to go away source the part and go back for a retest on the problem part. Garages who you were familiar with would often just ring you and agree to fit the item before passing it. Possibly it depends on how willing a garage is to help and how far you trust them.