You would think that all MOT centres were of an equivalent standard considering they all have a strict criteria to adhere too, however, this is often not the case and as this is the most important test that your car has to pass, it makes sense to shop around and find the best MOT testing service that you can.
If you are a car owner in the UK you will particularly understand the importance of the MOT test. Most centres will claim to have offered years of excellent service and have thousands of satisfied customers when in reality, anyone can write this on a board and put it outside their premises. If this is to be your first MOT, then there are a few things to bear in mind when deciding where to take your vehicle.
Asking around amongst friends and family is always a good place to start. If your dad has taken his car to the same place for years and always found them reliable then there is no reason not to go there. Some young drivers, however, like to have a certain independence when it comes to their cars and want to try somewhere different simply because their parents go there.
You really want to plan in advance where you are going to take your car for its MOT check, and this gives you time to check out the various test centres in your area. A good, established business will be happy to tell you how long the tests take, the efficiency of their testing techniques and also how well the people servicing your car will report both the status of the MOT and also the bill of repairs that may follow.
Many unscrupulous garages will take advantage of your inexperience with MOT’s, so make sure that you have the fee in advance in writing as some will say it has gone over the allotted time and you will find yourself with an inflated bill.
This is also a very common practice when it comes to the repair bill should it fail its MOT, as they will assume you know little about vehicle maintenance and this then becomes a licence for them to print money. Ask if you can stay with your car while they do the MOT, if they refuse go elsewhere. Any reputable garage will be happy for you to see what they are doing to your car while they are testing it.
If you see a sign offering a cheap MOT, do not immediately dismiss it. Times are tough for everyone, competition is fierce, and even the established chains are offering reduced priced MOT’s to get customers through their doors. If they are a garage with a decent reputation and will let you stay with your vehicle there is no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of their offer and save yourself some money.
At the end of the day, an MOT test is essential and can be life saving, so take your time, do your research, and be confident that your car is in good hands.
Article courtesy of www.mottestcentres.co.uk.