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Belmont Vauxhall £15.00 MOT! ALL makes of car

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8y, 2m agoFound 8 years, 2 months ago
I have just booked an MOT with Belmont Vauxhall (Seafield, Edinburgh). They are running a deal at the moment and a full MOT is only £15, my car is a Peugeot, i asked and it's all makes. Not sure if this is nationwide but I reckon it's a great deal! Also, I only called at 5.30 and am getting my MOT tomorrow! I could not find anything on their site but it is definitely on!
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#1
Yeah good deal if ya car passes!
#2
Good Deal :)
#3
I hate MOT tests what a money making con!
#4
Great.... sad I live so far!!!
1 Like #5
smegio
I hate MOT tests what a money making con!


£50 quid a year to make sure your car is safe is a con?
banned#6
you do realise that they make the money back by finding things wrong that arent wrong i.e wiper blades not legal and a few bulbs not alingned correctly
theres no way you`ll go in & out for £15
#7
aberfal;3086259
you do realise that they make the money back by finding things wrong that arent wrong i.e wiper blades not legal and a few bulbs not alingned correctly
theres no way you`ll go in & out for £15


Agreed, that's why you don't go to a centre does repairs at all, go to one that doesn't get any benefit out of failing your car!

See the Moneysaving Expert web site for advice on this!
#8
bearman3784
£50 quid a year to make sure your car is safe is a con?


yeh but car could still be unsafe really even if its passed its mot - they dont check everything on the mot and so to be honest an mot is not reliable to say your car is safe anyway
banned#9
bearman3784
£50 quid a year to make sure your car is safe is a con?


If MOT stations were purely just testing stations then I would agree with the principles of the MOT. However, the way they are organised in the UK is a joke and a major lottery for us vehicle owners. MOT stations have us at their mercy and do with us as they please.
banned#10
charlene265
yeh but car could still be unsafe really even if its passed its mot - they dont check everything on the mot and so to be honest an mot is not reliable to say your car is safe anyway


I had a car pass an MOT with a broken suspension coil spring. Had hoped the clunking noise I had noticed for a good few weeks prior to my MOT would be diagnosed during the test. However, when it passed I thought I had better have a closer look at the area where the clunk was coming from, and spotted the snapped coil spring.
Also had a car fail an MOT that I was planning to sell. MOT tester offered to 'fix' it for £50, ie. give me a pass if I bunged him £50.
I could go on and on. The MOT test in the UK is an absolute joke. An expensive one at that.
#11
Well although I agree with some of the points being raised here I cannot comment until I get the MOT done, i have had no problems in the past, I do think i will be in and out for £15. Will let you know if I do not though! Car has been fully checked over and there are NO problems with it at all. Not all stations are out to make faults! I have been to one who repaired the "problems" for free so that it didn't cost me any more than the normal MOT fee. Will post back and let you all know if they "find" any faults that fail it, which were not there before!
#12
its the majority of garages that are the joke then, not the actual test
#13
I can hear it now...

'...sorry mate, but your offside bearing differential coupling gimlet is on it's way out, and now we've got it here it's illegal to drive. As luck should have it, we've got a spare one in, but the bad news is there not cheap...'

Good price, but they will try to either stitch you up or just fail it (after offering you a very reasonable rate to get it fixed). :whistling:
#14
for those worried about being ripped off, ring the council and ask them where they get their mots done. the council will use places that are mot only and no repairs, so are unable to con you into repairs should they be that way inclined.
1 Like #15
I too, think the MOT is worthwhile, the of the only things that is, the amount of people that drive round on bald tyres without even knowing is ridiculous.I have no qualms at all paying £50 once a year to make sure the majority of things on my car are safe.

It is for this reason i am AGAINST the proposals to bring in 2 year MOT's!

Now road tax, petrol tax, insurance tax, VAT, that's a whole different kettle of fish!
#16
I agree with most on here!

I can't see anyone walking in there, spending £15 then leaving!!

I have 3 months left on my MOT, and if I thought that I could do it now for £15 I would, but I don't see it happening.

It's the same with Kwik Fit and their "free brake checks." Anyone had one of these, and have them say "yeah its fine"??
#17
wellfan
I had a car pass an MOT with a broken suspension coil spring. Had hoped the clunking noise I had noticed for a good few weeks prior to my MOT would be diagnosed during the test. However, when it passed I thought I had better have a closer look at the area where the clunk was coming from, and spotted the snapped coil spring.
Also had a car fail an MOT that I was planning to sell. MOT tester offered to 'fix' it for £50, ie. give me a pass if I bunged him £50.
I could go on and on. The MOT test in the UK is an absolute joke. An expensive one at that.


I have a friend who knows someone also who can get a car through an mot for £60 as long as you promise to make good any work that needs doing :roll:
#18
Yeah, be careful, £15 is too good to be true.
I bet you can easily add on another £50 before you drive your car out of that garage!!
I am quite lucky, my best mate is an MOT inspector. (phew!!)
Let us know how you get on though.
#19
MOT's are a standard price set by the government or sombody like that so good deals like this are rare as a consequence, even a free re-test is a dying gimick. most garages have a long wait for an MOT appointment becasue it is easy money really 50squids for 30mins work is a good screw!! and then there are the ohhhhs and arrrs they come out with when they dangle that red paper infront of your face!!

also an MOT cert is usless the min you drive out of the garage and you can be made by the police to get another one evn if your cert has 364 days and 23 hours left on it!!

I find all garages are a bit of a con really,my sis in law took her car in once because it was making a rattle they failed to diagnose the rattle, but wouldnt let her leave without 3 new tyres which it turned out she never needed!! (she rang me poor thing couldt pay i payed over the fone on the condition she brought her old tyres to me!)
#20
peodude
I too, think the MOT is worthwhile, the of the only things that is, the amount of people that drive round on bald tyres without even knowing is ridiculous.I have no qualms at all paying £50 once a year to make sure the majority of things on my car are safe.


Have you ever had a look at the details on the back of a current MOT certificate ?

It basically tells you the safety of the car is only tested ON the DAY of the test,

i.e., you could pass your mot on Monday, and do untold damage to several systems on your "safely mot'd" car on Tuesday but still have a valid mot, and drive it in an unsafe state for a further 12 months!!

Think about it!

As someone who has been a mechanic for 20 years plus, anyone who takes there MOT certificate as valid proof of the vehicle being "safe" is a moron of the highest caliber....and any shoddy garages dream come true.

foxymissroxy


I find all garages are a bit of a con really,my sis in law took her car in once because it was making a rattle they failed to diagnose the rattle, but wouldnt let her leave without 3 new tyres which it turned out she never needed!! (she rang me poor thing couldt pay i payed over the fone on the condition she brought her old tyres to me!)


I've come across more than I'd care to admit in my time, and have quit well paying ones purely on the fact i wouldn't do/or not do the things they would have you do to customers, and there cars given the chance.

One garage i used to work for started putting second hand parts bought from scrapyards, fitting them to cars and claiming the full new price from customers or warranty companies...

Methos.
#21
foxymissroxy;3086904
MOT's are a standard price set by the government or sombody like that so good deals like this are rare as a consequence, even a free re-test is a dying gimick. most garages have a long wait for an MOT appointment becasue it is easy money really 50squids for 30mins work is a good screw!! and then there are the ohhhhs and arrrs they come out with when they dangle that red paper infront of your face!!

also an MOT cert is usless the min you drive out of the garage and you can be made by the police to get another one evn if your cert has 364 days and 23 hours left on it!!

I find all garages are a bit of a con really,my sis in law took her car in once because it was making a rattle they failed to diagnose the rattle, but wouldnt let her leave without 3 new tyres which it turned out she never needed!! (she rang me poor thing couldt pay i payed over the fone on the condition she brought her old tyres to me!)


Im no expert, but my father is a mechanic and deals with MOT's all the time. Apparently, by law, and MOT testing station is only allowed to do 1 MOT every hour (per MOT bay). It is now computerised, and VOSA will only allow 1 MOT per hour.

At £15 per MOT, this company are effectively earning 15 (cost) x 8 (working hours) = £120 per bay, per day. An MOT examiner must be on £25k a year, plus add on all the overheads and the maths doesn't work out.

Therefore, they will shaft you for extras. (IMO) :whistling:
banned#22
peodude
I too, think the MOT is worthwhile, the of the only things that is, the amount of people that drive round on bald tyres without even knowing is ridiculous.I have no qualms at all paying £50 once a year to make sure the majority of things on my car are safe.

It is for this reason i am AGAINST the proposals to bring in 2 year MOT's!

Now road tax, petrol tax, insurance tax, VAT, that's a whole different kettle of fish!


So because there are a number of eejits who drive around on bald tyres I, a rather clued up car owner, have to pay an annual rip off fee. Not sure about the logic of your response.
#23
Foxy102
MOT testing station is only allowed to do 1 MOT every hour (per MOT bay). It is now computerised, and VOSA will only allow 1 MOT per hour.


45 mins is the minimum, if a VOSA inspector finds it to be under that...the garage had better bend over and brace its self!

The time limit is also why many won't do "quick" retest's for free anymore.
#24
no way will you end up with a mot for 15.00 from main dealer ,govt take more than this from the mot station,total gimmick just like kwik fits buy 2 tyres get 1 free ,sales and servicing at a all time low so need to make money ,beware! i would advise anyone looking for mot to use garage which dont offer repairs,15.00 at a main dealer is false economy
#25
COLD! You will get shafted, no doubt!

Good job that all my cars I've had I've sold before they were old enough to have to MOT, I think it's a rip-off.
#26
Modmedia
COLD! You will get shafted, no doubt!

Good job that all my cars I've had I've sold before they were old enough to have to MOT, I think it's a rip-off.


And the "new car" tax and vat every time you buy a new one, roughly 30% isn't ? :whistling:
#27
your living in cloud cuckoo land if you think an MOT examiner is on 25K a year, but still the math doesnt add up.
If your MOT is getting done in 30 mins report them there is no way it can be done in that time.

Take the earlier advice and go to a council testing station - no repairs carried out so no profits to be made but they are very strict and there is no leeway but at least you know if its good enough, it will pass, any faults and it will fail.
I've worked on cars doing bits and bobs all my life and know when Im being taken for a ride and Quickfit must be the most blatant rip off merchants alive - nobody I know has gone in and not come away after being told that they need new discs.I only wnrt in once because it was sunday and they where the only ones open for some pads just t be told "you need discs they are scored and so illegal" so they wouldnt fit the pads (didnt ring me while I was off wandering about wasting time of coause and put me on the spot.
Cant afford it , put it back together then and I'll take it home said I, funnny they were willing to do just the pads then :roll:

But back on track there was a place round my way that did £15 MOTS for years and they always failed you on headlight alignment - most decent places just them for free (its only a turn of an adjuster in most cases) but there they charged a £10 - still £25 for an MOT still isnt bad

Try it out its only £15 and if it passes Good for you - if they come up with all sorts of repairs that look suspect - take it to another station and have it done then complain to VOSA about them - good luck
#28
it will be interesting to hear the OP's result after tomorrows test.

Of course it could be quite a new Pug and so pass as it should do anyway.

I had a similar debacle with my scooter MOT that failed on leaking forks - which I washed and took back and it passed ! Saved me over £100 in parts I didn't need. Having said that he wasn't even a repair garage, so nothing to gain, just damn lazy IMO.
#29
I sell cars BE WARNED about this: (as in the deal not me lol) Im an angelic motor trader, many a times I have fitted new batteries for some poor single mother because I knew in 3 months when it gets cold it will die....God pays me well in return mind...

Good deal BUT they make money out of finding things wrong and then holding you to ransom to put it right.

An mot slot with VOSA costs £3/4 approx so they are not going to spend 45 mins doing your mot for £10 :whistling:

Trust me been in the trade for a long time and still hate MOT's although now I hold the garage to ransom i:e if they start being over picky then they aint going to get the business :thumbsup:

Pay the £50 if you have to from a decent garage (if there is such a thing)

GOLDEN RULE : Never ever let the MOT people carry out any work for you always take it somewhere else as that way they will know next time that they wont get the extra business for failing. Its mostly a judgement call like how worn are the bushes and are the wiper blade clearing sufficently, springs, suspension etc...
#30
janz70

I've worked on cars doing bits and bobs all my life and know when Im being taken for a ride and Quickfit must be the most blatant rip off merchants alive - nobody I know has gone in and not come away after being told that they need new discs.


I've had this experience with KwikFit as well and recommend to anyone and everyone not to touch them with a barge-pole for anything.

They charged me several hundred pounds for fitting new brake pads that weren't needed and didn't even have the courtesy to ask whether they should do the work before they went ahead and did it anyway. I had no option, of course, but to pay for work, but have followed the recommendation of a friend who told us about another local garage. KwikFit is always empty, but this garage you have to book three weeks in advance. That is a sign of a good garage in my opinion - no need to advertise.

A colleague of mine also went to KwikFit for an MOT. They quoted him £900 for repairs. I told him they were having a laugh and that he should find a local test-only centre and pay for a second MOT. I believe his car passed first time with no repairs needed.
#31
Methos

One garage i used to work for started putting second hand parts bought from scrapyards, fitting them to cars and claiming the full new price from customers or warranty companies...

Methos.


Give you a similar one but one better...well worse actually.

I once worked at a main dealer, you know the trusty chaps...and they were doing this too but on top of that returning the duff part that was removed from the customers car to the scrapyard for refund...so top money for old rope....well no rope infact!

Doubt would get away with this so easily now as most yards mark there parts up.
#32
Modmedia
COLD! You will get shafted, no doubt!

Good job that all my cars I've had I've sold before they were old enough to have to MOT, I think it's a rip-off.


Yeah good job all the cars ive had were too old to cause me £000s of pounds in depreciation! Id rather take my chances with the garage!

Incidentally this is hot, especially for those of us smart enough to know what's wrong with our cars, or clever enough to get a non-MOT garage/tradesman check them out before hand.

If it fails on wipers/bulbs then its a free re test anyway surely?
1 Like #33
bearman3784
its the majority of garages that are the joke then, not the actual test


Agreed. We all know that without this, the roads would be full of deathtraps. I'm not saying the system is perfect,but it's sure better than a lot of the alternatives. Have some rep.
#34
I've had 3 passes & 1 failure on the same car , at the same garage , for the last 4 yrs .

Once you find a decent garage , stick with them regardless of price savings deals.

This is a deal to get in work as they must be slack at the moment .
[Moderator]#35
No good to me as I live nowhere near, but heat & rep added cos £15 is a good price if you get the work done elsewhere:thumbsup:
#36
bigflump
No good to me as I live nowhere near, but heat & rep added cos £15 is a good price if you get the work done elsewhere:thumbsup:


ditto
#37
Good luck, let us know what you think of the new car they flog you.:-D

Sorry only joking, but do report back.
#38
From my experiance in the motor trade all garages are muggers, unless you know just as much as them as to what needs to be done and make it known they will charge silly amounts for silly stuff. Its always good to have a mechanic in the family and only then would you get away wih paying normal prices.

I sell cars but all my mechanics know that I know exactly what they will be doing and how long it will take otherwise they will mug you regardless of much business you give them, and you thought motor traders were bad (well actually some are) :whistling:

Good deal makes me want to go there with 10 3yr old cars with trade plates lol They would soon revoke that offer......
#39
The £53.10 charge for an MOT on a car is rightly considered by many to be excessive. Many garages agree and so when they find minor faults, they correct them without charge.

Some garages offer to charge half price or less but will do little or nothing extra without charge, which as a basic principle is reasonable.

The local council test station (or any station) that charges you £53.10, fails the car on borderline items and charges a retest fee after you’ve paid someone else to do the work, really hasn’t done you any favours.
#40
xigent;3089528
The £53.10 charge for an MOT on a car is rightly considered by many to be excessive. Many garages agree and so when they find minor faults, they correct them without charge.

Some garages offer to charge half price or less but will do little or nothing extra without charge, which as a basic principle is reasonable.

The local council test station (or any station) that charges you £53.10, fails the car on borderline items and charges a retest fee after you’ve paid someone else to do the work, really hasn’t done you any favours.


I have not had many cars tested over the past 25 years, (with the exception of my last car) purely because driving old bangers has never really been reliable enough for me/ In that time, I have almost always only had ONE car in the family, so if the car is out of action, it was always a major problem as far as work is concerned, and now more recently I depend on it everyday to get me about at all (now I am disabled, it means 99% or the work is going to have to be done by someone else & paid for instead of DIY too) but while the impending MOT test has always been a big psychological worry, in practice it hasn't made a lot of difference as I have always maintained my cars in better condition than the feebly low "MOT Standard" anyway, where wobbly bearings bushes & joints or relatively low efficiency brakes are "good enough" to pass, and a lot of underseal can still hide some defects, although not as many as it used to.

If your car is failing for something stupidly trivial like a light out, then you are mug, and deserve to get ripped off, as this sort of thing requires zero technical knowledge, and the bigger issue there is count your blessings that you haven't had a crash, or had a ticket or points on your licence!

Say what you like, motoring is an ultra expensive part of life whatever you drive - old or new, but personally I have NO intention of driving around in anything that can be even remotely seen as "borderline" pass as I am in the business of staying alive!

As a result I have never had a fail when a car has been properly checked over first, by me, or more recently by whoever is doing my routine work, as odds on I will have had it sorted before it gets bad enough. It also means they probably take it to a tester they regularly give business to, and is NOT in the habit of failing for trivial items. What would worry me most about a proper fail, is why had I or someone else missed that in the first place, as I have probably been belting round the streets risking my life & everyone else's with it in that state.

If you want to cut corners and get another 1000 miles out of those tyres that are starting to slip in the first drizzle you meet, then do, and if you want to run straight into the back of a modern car because it CAN stop sharpish, while your old banger doesn't because the disks are all worn and ridged, and the back drums(!) are full of dust & crud, then do so, it counts a lot when an accident DOES happen too. Scraping an MOT pass isn't much saving if you are going to have to do work on it in the next couple of months anyway

Once again the best bargain is all about getting VALUE, not necessarily lowest price, and not necessarily the easiest option either.

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