Why would an MOT tester do this?

Jan 3, 2013
45
82
St.Neots Cambs
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24,137
MH
Hymer Exsis I-414
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2002-2006, 2013-current
Main dealers tend to have a massive check list for servicing but actually little of substance done.
I volunteer in the vehicle section of the Shuttleworth Collectio and used to look after the ‘routine’ servicing of the cars-the “massive list” rang a bell with me-when I serviced our 1920 Bean it has from memory 42 grease nipples on the chassis and steering…….and that’s before you get to the brakes, wheel bearing, and engine!
I am currently ‘restoring’ our 1900 Locomobile Steam Car-spent the last few months making new engine component-the pistons are 3 part and made from spun cast iron-lots of fun!
 

Silver-Fox

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Sep 5, 2014
7,221
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Cheltenham Spa
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33,201
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im a not so newbie
My ex MoT tester says vehicles must be tested as presented and not after a service, including rectifying any problems. This is to give a true representation to VOSA of the condition of the vehicles which are on the road.
For needing wiper blades he would have given an advisory.

Sounds like bull 💩 to me

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Silver-Fox

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I volunteer in the vehicle section of the Shuttleworth Collectio and used to look after the ‘routine’ servicing of the cars-the “massive list” rang a bell with me-when I serviced our 1920 Bean it has from memory 42 grease nipples on the chassis and steering…….and that’s before you get to the brakes, wheel bearing, and engine!
I am currently ‘restoring’ our 1900 Locomobile Steam Car-spent the last few months making new engine component-the pistons are 3 part and made from spun cast iron-lots of fun!

Nice one.

Difference with the main dealers is they are charging you at least £100 to check a lot of things 😉😊
 
Aug 26, 2008
3,137
13,370
B&NES
Funster No
3,823
MH
Van Conversion
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since 2007
My Ducato wiper blades lasted 4 years before I asked for them to be replaced at service time. The dealership charged me less than I had paid for Euro Car Parts Bosch ones which I had to return for a refund because they didn't fit.
 
Jul 13, 2020
508
1,548
Leicester
Funster No
72,995
MH
Autocruise Gleneagle
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Newbie. Motor home experience began on 1/8/2020.
I used to use a small garage in Leicester before we moved. They were a family business and always very reasonable prices but they started to struggle financially and I noticed that at mot time they almost always said it needed new wipers so I started putting new ones on before I took it.

can you let me know which garage please Wino ;)

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Aug 9, 2020
113
155
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74,151
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Wildax
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New to the MH world but caravanning 20 years
Think yourself lucky you didn’t get the MoT at a Halfords center 😳
Like every chain, there can be good and bad.

I was given a free Halfords MOT code with a purchase.

Took the car in (a ten-year old MX-5). Passed with no advisories.

I do my own servicing, so would have been surprised by a fail.

Edited to add: this was last month.
 

Silver-Fox

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Like every chain, there can be good and bad.

I was given a free Halfords MOT code with a purchase.

Took the car in (a ten-year old MX-5). Passed with no advisories.

I do my own servicing, so would have been surprised by a fail.

Edited to add: this was last month.

Couple of months ago the DiL took her car to Halfords for an MoT.

Wish I’d known as I would have told her don’t.

Any way quite a few items in the list on the failure side.

One being the front indicators weren’t the same colour.
They were both amber and five of us couldn’t see a colour difference.

The other items were to say the least questionable.

I said to the manager the items were put on there to get the work out of it.
I was not a happy bunny as I service and look after her car, we don’t skimp on anything that needs fixing.
 
Aug 20, 2020
563
3,336
Cheshire
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74,740
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Lunar Home Car P59
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I'm a newbie
There is a very good reason for this. A fail followed by an easy reinspection and pass shows on the system that the test centre is doing its job.. but pass, pass, pass, pass will result in a DVLA snap inspection
A name thats stuck in my head is Noor Hussain from Accrington, it was 11 years ago now , he can't be that bright , no fails at all 🤣

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Aug 22, 2007
1,201
10,892
essex
Funster No
145
MH
2017 sunlight t69s euro6
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since 1999
Couple of months ago the DiL took her car to Halfords for an MoT.

Wish I’d known as I would have told her don’t.

Any way quite a few items in the list on the failure side.

One being the front indicators weren’t the same colour.
They were both amber and five of us couldn’t see a colour difference.

The other items were to say the least questionable.

I said to the manager the items were put on there to get the work out of it.
I was not a happy bunny as I service and look after her car, we don’t skimp on anything that needs fixing.
I would not let halfords fix a puncture on my bike
 
May 30, 2020
101
168
Crewe, UK
Funster No
71,221
MH
Dethleffs Trend
I was told that a tester is officially not allowed to rectify defects, even changing a wiper blade.
My last MOT, I had just returned from Germany in my left hooker. Summer, so forgot the headlight diverters.
Very nice chap at the mot centre waited for me to get some diverters and then spent 10 minutes with the head-light gadget making sure that they were in exactly the right spot. And he had people waiting. Pass, no advisories. Definitely be using him again.
 
Sep 3, 2012
4,106
10,489
Cheshire
Funster No
22,759
MH
C Class Elddis 175
Exp
8+ years
In march I took our Corsa for a new front spring and an MOT.
I revceived two mot certs one a fail for a defective front spring and the second a pass.:(:(

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