So I think I have been victim of a dodgy garage and after advice.
So I have had my car 3 years now and it has just failed its mot.
It's a w reg beetle and had some issues from the day I got it but they are minor and no effect. One of the issues is that the air bag light is on constantly (loose wire issue we believe) and another is that the central brake light isn't connected.
In 2015 I took it to the garage I normally use and it failed on a few bits including the air bag light and exhaust emissions. I had a new catalytic converter fitted, but my garage (let's call them garage A) said the air bag light wasn't something they would address but the other garage down the road can (let's call them garage B).So I took the car to garage B who tightened the loose bit and the airbag light went off. It came back on again about a week later but long enough to pass the test and I assumed it just loosened again.
2016, I booked my car for its mot at garage A again. I knew that the airbag light would be a failure and so I took it to garage B to have the airbag thing sorted before my MOT. Again the light was out for about a week but long enough to pass the mot.
Today I had my next mot and I decided that as the airbag light needs fixing I should just have the mot done at the same time (even though garage B charges £10 more than garage A for the mot I should add). So go to garage B and wait for the results. The guy comes and tells me I have failed on a couple of things - one of the failures is the centre break light (it has been an advisory on the other tests, but it's like an added cosmetic light and not a legal requirement). I questioned why that was marked as a failure and the guy tried to tell me that the law had changed and it's a fail item now. I googled in front of him to show him that it wasn't.
Another thing it failed on was the emissions (bearing in mind that I had a new exhaust 2 years ago) and I don't trust it after the whole lying about the brake light and the change etc.
He also said to me that they did sort the airbag light long enough for them to do the checks but it came back on as they drove it off the forecourt, now I don't believe they did anything, I think that they just ticked the pass box on that area and charged me for doing the work and have just been dodgy.
Oh and when I asked what the problem was with the emissions was he couldn't give me an answer and just said I would need to get a diagnostic test to see (bearing in mind that they had supposedly just run a diagnostic test as part of the airbag thing).
So what are my rights here? I am having the works carried out elsewhere and can go back for a retest, but I have no faith in the garage and feel like they have lied to me, I have paid for works that were never carried out and they don't even know what items are fail points on the mot. I really want to get my retest done elsewhere, but obviously it means I have to pay again for the test and also for the airbag light issue.