MOT time

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  1. ericonabike

    ericonabike Read Only Funster

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    Having had my first van for almost a year, its MOT and service time. Initial thought was to go back to the dealer, but it's a 60 mile round trip and they don't even do the MOT themselves anyway. So it occurred to me that as the base vehicle is a van, then any van servicing/MOT garage could do it. Is this so? Or are there arcane laws relating to 'motorcaravans' of which I am unaware?
     
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    Well our local Fiat dealer (cars and commercials) do MOTs so obviously we rang them. We didn't speak to the guy who does our servicing because he's 'mobile' and doesn't do MOTs.

    However they don't DO motorhome MOTs even though they DO work on em! (we had a warranty issue - the 'juddergate' thing - sorted there) and told us a local place that does in Nuneaton.

    It might be a weight issue or something, I dunno really why - but anyway this other place was absolutely fine and all properly set up to do it with any make of base vehicle.

    So yes basically as long as they are set up for it, anyone can do it. If you don't have anywhere in mind yourself, ask the base vehicle dealer and they should be able to suggest somewhere if they don't do em.
     
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    Asuming its a Fiat, Ford and Slater on the Narborough Road are the Leicester Agents,We take ours there for the 2 year service, but use the VOSPA station in Cannock Street, who can handle up to 3.5 tonnes :thumb:
     
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    The MOT is a standard car one, Class 4..
    BUT it comes down to the length and weight of your vehicle if the garage can lift it on their ramps. So just call around a few MOT garages.
     
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    Thanks all - now I realise I'm not tied to a motorhome dealer, I remembered going to Ausden Clark in the past, which is a coach company as well as garage, so can handle any size! They wanted £46 for the MOT and £180 for service, which seemed reasonable. I'll think about a habitation check separately...
     
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    Thats about the same as we pay, for your hab check try Central Leisure Services, in Nuneaton, they come to you full hab check £95 :thumb:
     
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    Did mine recently at the local council depot, they have the facilties for larger vehicles, mine is 25 foot.
    That needed the length from middle of front wheel to middle of rear wheel which was 15 foot to make sure it fitted ramps, no problem and its the same as a car MOT.
     
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    Our local bus depot used to do them, though mine is always done by our local mechanic who has done all our vehicles for years. Although he could cope with the 6m Dethleffs in his own workshop, the Rapido is too large so he does it at a local commercial workshop using their ramp etc.
    I would not ever trust a vehicle to a main agent, I have only done so twice and on each occasion they did a great deal of damage (different dealers)
     
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    I think the current price for an MOT is £56 but that isnt set in stone.
    many garages charge as little as £30.

    as previously posted, the MOT is the same as a standard car (class IV) but the weight and height are usually the main restrictions.

    if you get stuck look for your local council depot workshop.
    if they do their own MOT's they are obliged to offer the service to the public and as they don't do repairs they have no incentive to fail it just to get the remedial work
     
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