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MOT station lying on test

Postby Troopy » 28 Aug 2018, 18:41

Had Troopy MOT'd today and to be fair there were fails on there that will be dealt with.

However, tester said hazard lights and windscreen washer were both inoperative.

Didn't look at my sheet until I went to my normal mechanic (2 units across) and found both were working fine (witnesses to prove this).

Said massive corrosion but on inspection was nothing more than small holes to be welded.

Said it would cost thousands to repair but in reality a few hundred, even told me I should scrap him!!

Asked me numerous times whether I wanted test stopped and wiped from the computer to 'save me money' but how do I know what is wrong and needs repairing if the test isn't done?

Not wishing to name names (it was HLE Testing in Langley Mill) but should I put in a formal complaint?

Granted there were failures, but lying about things doesn't sit well with me


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Re: MOT station lying on test

Postby Porkscratching » 28 Aug 2018, 20:06

Hi Troopy, who's to say the tester was lying? Maybe they didn't work at the time of the examination. I'd say if you're not happy with the MOT station, save yourself the agro and vote with your feet.

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Re: MOT station lying on test

Postby mrhutch » 29 Aug 2018, 01:15

^^ that
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Re: MOT station lying on test

Postby Troopy » 29 Aug 2018, 07:31

Porkscratching wrote:Hi Troopy, who's to say the tester was lying? Maybe they didn't work at the time of the examination. I'd say if you're not happy with the MOT station, save yourself the agro and vote with your feet.

Regards, Max.


To be fair, I viewed the test and saw the hazard lights come on when he was doing it, the washers I didn't see but I suspect he just didn't know where the button was!
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Re: MOT station lying on test

Postby Dubworth » 29 Aug 2018, 07:38

It's always a minefield picking an MOT station for older vehicles. I'd possibly enquire around and see if there is somewhere more familiar with these old vans of ours, it can make a world of difference.
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Re: MOT station lying on test

Postby Mr Bean » 30 Aug 2018, 14:56

I always make it clear that I do my own repairs so they know where they stand. I know it can backfire on you but in my experience so many aspects of life are based upon what appears to be an acceptable level of dishonesty these days - the motor trade being no exception. Another alternative is to chose council run testing stations who do not undertake repairs.
Plus if you keep your vehicle on the highway and have no off road working facilities make sure you re-adjust your test date to leave you with a few months road fund licence.
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Re: MOT station lying on test

Postby jaber » 30 Aug 2018, 17:45

Take it to Stones garage mate in Belper not far from you, good lads some of em are vw lads they wont mess you about either, take all my stuff there bikes vans cars spot on

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Re: MOT station lying on test

Postby Troopy » 31 Aug 2018, 10:54

jaber wrote:Take it to Stones garage mate in Belper not far from you, good lads some of em are vw lads they wont mess you about either, take all my stuff there bikes vans cars spot on

steve


Thanks Steve, is that the one on the road by the water mill?
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Re: MOT station lying on test

Postby jaber » 31 Aug 2018, 11:30

No mate it halfway along the Main Street almost opposite the lion hotel

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Re: MOT station lying on test

Postby Troopy » 31 Aug 2018, 16:04

jaber wrote:No mate it halfway along the Main Street almost opposite the lion hotel

Steve


Nice, will take it there once work (that is actually needed) is done.

BTW, he also failed on visible smoke, which the forum and the regulations suggest wouldn't be a fail for a vehicle without a DPF!!
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Re: MOT station lying on test

Postby dsa » 31 Aug 2018, 17:57

TW, he also failed on visible smoke, which the forum and the regulations suggest wouldn't be a fail for a vehicle without a DPF!!


I used to be an HGV mechanic Back in the 80,s and 90,s and they could fail for visible smoke that,s before DPF but not sure what the rules are now would have thought if it was pumping out heavy smoke it would have failed on emissions . Back when I used to take the HGV,s for test if they were a bit smokey the used to put a white board next to the exhaust and give it a rev and then make a decision but that might just have been for HGV,s . Would think the way things are today with emissions pollution etc if a vehicle of any kind is smoking badly it will be a fail DPf or not.
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Re: MOT station lying on test

Postby clone123 » 01 Sep 2018, 09:37

Hi
Maybe a new mot inspector maybe trying to impress I always ask them to show me any problems while it's still on the ramp if they do it straight away.
mine just pasted it's mot last week after 3 years on the drive first time
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Re: MOT station lying on test

Postby Ian and Lins » 03 Sep 2018, 11:32

jaber wrote:Take it to Stones garage mate in Belper not far from you, good lads some of em are vw lads they wont mess you about either, take all my stuff there bikes vans cars spot on

steve


Agree. I lived in Belper for many, many years and always took all my vehicles there. :ok
Are we going on anything else?

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Re: MOT station lying on test

Postby matt brighton » 05 Sep 2018, 07:33

I have always been happy with Mr MOT - now called Motest....... and at any one time I usually have at least 4 cars "on the go"

Its a national chain that just do tests - which takes out the possibility of them looking for work - though I don't believe its so common as people think.... a vehicle either passes .... or not... Garages I know of locally are never short of work

And there is no charge for a retest then its time consuming for them to fail you .

However...
If you don't do your own work and a garage comes with good reputation then obviously its better to use them... as they won't be failing or looking for fault in their own workmanship.
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Re: MOT station lying on test

Postby CovKid » 05 Sep 2018, 20:41

Some MOT testers absolutely HATE old vehicles. Experienced it myself once with a bug. Tester said it should be condemned. It wasn't mine to be fair but I took it to a welder friend of mine who sorted it no prob. Two weeks later it had its MOT. :wink:
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