I always reckon it's worth cleaning the metal beast before an mot and check all the lights yourself first. Oh and make sure the wiper blades are Ok.
I have a few things I keep an eye on, and keep on top of all year. I never send my car for a service, it's just too much money, but it gets oil and filters at the prescribed intervals.
Lights (all present and correct),
Wipers(not smearing, not falling apart),
Washers (bottle full and pointing at the screen),
Hazard switch illuminating correctly,
No warning lights on dash,
All tyres correctly inflated and well within legal limits - including spare, and not scrubbing.
No frays on seat belts and if you have seatbelt warning lights that these go out,
Brake discs, no rusty portions, no grooves.
Hand brake - park on a hill and make sure it holds.
Keep an eye out for obvious rust and have it dealt with if it occurs.
Basically, doing this has meant i've never had really bad news from a garage as the expenditure is spread out over the year in £50-£100 chunks.
If you don't have a tame garage, and want a really honest MOT (and are prepared to pay the full whack) try your local bus garage, council depot, or similar. Many of them have MOT accreditation and will do general public tests, but won't do repairs so have no incentive to take the urine.
Oaktech (27th February 2014)
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My elder daughter's partner runs a large, mainly fleet-based, servicing, MoT and repair workshop in Luton, so I have no worries in that regard, other than the cost of genuine BMW parts.
My younger daughter's boyfriend (of 3 years) is a Central Heating engineer, so no worries on the heating and plumbing front.
My son's girlfriend is training to be a teacher.
Two out of three isn't bad, I suppose.
Good Luck with the MoT, always a worrying time, but not for me.
So if I check with the garage that he uses genuine parts I can get him to do the usual pre-check service and fix up before the MOT?
Also you can request for all your old parts to remain in the vehicle, that way you know if they have replaced them or not!
As above, as long as they use genuine parts you do not have to take it to a main dealer to get your car serviced in warranty.
And having worked in both a small independent and a main dealer. The independent garage gives a far better service. Wheels off regardless of the mileage.
Its a Toyota Yaris 2005 model or a granny car as the kids like to say! They never interest me, just gets me from A to B.
Haven't heard anything yet, I put it in at half 9 this morning!
My bike is in for MOT on saturday and ever since I booked it the exhaust has been so loud, I can almost see the money ticking off my wages -.-
I'm sure you will all be pleased to know IT PASSED!! A new wiper blade and bulb was needed which they changed free of charge. So pleased as I have zero spare money left a month for car repairs.
Well done KoolTech , Jap cars, you can't beat their reliability.
KoolTech (27th February 2014)
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