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A few weeks ago someone posted a deal for MoT testing at local authority test centres at £45-£55, and claimed it would somehow be a better test than using a commercial garage. I commented that was bunkum at the time, and today I took my 20 year old Saab convertible for a test at the local KwikFit garage.

I booked and paid for it online, the test was spot on time, it was a thorough check of the car (finding a couple of minor advisory faults that I hadn't noticed when I checked it after the winter hibernation) and no made up faults were reported (because the car passed). All this cost just £27 (I think it was £30 last year) - which is a bargain for a perfectly good service.


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Kwikfit tried fobbing me off that i needed new brake pads and discs during my MOT, yet new ones were fitted only two weeks prior when they serviced it. oO

bunch of money grabbing liars-never heard of anyone having a good word for them so wondering how they stay in profit?

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thecoolguy

Kwikfit tried fobbing me off that i needed new brake pads and discs … Kwikfit tried fobbing me off that i needed new brake pads and discs during my MOT, yet new ones were fitted only two weeks prior when they serviced it. oO


I'm curious, do you have a failure certificate to support that?

£27 plus another £400 for new brakes discs and pads. Avoid Kwik Frauds.

Gotta agree about kwik-fit, they'll always find something extra to charge you for.

sowotsdis

bunch of money grabbing liars-never heard of anyone having a good word … bunch of money grabbing liars-never heard of anyone having a good word for them so wondering how they stay in profit?


That's not quite true is it? othen has just praised them.

are you sure you dont work there

Master G

That's not quite true is it? othen has just praised them.



It's all anecdotal. People are more likely to talk about bad experiences than good ones.

I personally wouldn't use KwikFit as their repair prices are quite high for any work, but the whole "they fail it on purpose" thing is a myth.

I know people that have had issues with the "safe" local authority centres too, but people gloss over that because "some bloke from the net" told them they were better.
I know people who used them, got told their car failed and had to end up paying even more to have it repaired at another garage whereas some garages offer cheaper rates for MOT repairs if you are having the MOT done at the same time.


In theory all test centres are held to the same standard. If you think you are having your leg pulled, tell them you want to take it away for a day to get another opinion. You can take your car out the centre and return it within 24hr for a free re-test, more if it doesn't leave the premises (10 days?). You can also report a garage to the VOSA if you think they are ripping you off.
Edited by: "tehwabbit" 25th Jan

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simonbrown

Gotta agree about kwik-fit, they'll always find something extra to charge … Gotta agree about kwik-fit, they'll always find something extra to charge you for.


Well, I can only report on my experiences, which have been positive. The same KwikFit garage tested my old Saab this year and last, charged me something around half the standard fee each time, pointed out a couple of advisory issues both times and did not try to fabricate problems or charge me a penny more than the advertised price.
I find it quite amusing that respondents voted a pretty poor deal (in my humble opinion) for MoT testing at local authority garages costing twice as much to over 1000C (or is it F?) only a few weeks ago.
I don't have an axe to grind - my summer car is on the road for another year and I saved £30 compared to taking it to a council run garage. Ho hum.

Edited by: "othen" 25th Jan

Like Halfrauds. Only much worse.

KwikFit would still make money out of this if they paid out £50 to every customer prepared to have their MOT done there.

Only certain time slots are this price.
Just had my done there sailed through.
The price was the only reason I had mot there.
Wouldn't get any work carried out there.

I've used them for the last 5-6 years and they have been fine only failed a couple of times on things that were actually faults.

not saying how good there service is overall but the one I use seems ok

Never go with Kwik Fit, they are vultures, vultures I tell you.
They wait in prey, dressed in their Screwfix all-in-one Blue boiler suits, wanting you sit in their waiting room reading Hello Magazine from 2006 while they go about breaking something other than what you brought it in for.

As the saying goes "you can get better than a kwik-fit fitter, they're the boys to mistrust"

Had my car MOT'd for £14 (Groupon offer excluding their 8%TCB) at one of the Croxdale Autocentres on Monday.
Had my other car MOT'D at another garage the other month also via a different Groupon offer for £14 (excl 8% TCB).
Someone posted an MOT on here on Tuesday for tenner the day after I paid nearly £14!

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This has been an interesting experiment. As I said in the rubric, only a few weeks ago correspondents voted very hot (over 1000C) for MoT testing at £45-£55, today exactly the same test costing £27 is being voted very cold indeed. I conclude that people are voting with their hearts rather than their heads in both cases.
I suspect the main issue is that many people have had an expensive car repair at some time in the past (perhaps because cars are complicated machines that need frequent maintenance and repair), and associate that with KwikFit, Halfords or whoever carried out the repair. I'm not defending KwikFit (or any other garage) in this respect, but I suspect they are a bit cheaper and more honest than main dealers (my other car is still young enough to require main dealer servicing so I believe that is the case).
I don't think I'd get KwikFit (or any other garage) carry out repair work on the 20 year old Saab (except jobs like fitting tyres that I cannot do myself), but I will keep enjoying cheap, and perfectly adequate MoT testing and let others pay £54.85.
I'll probably pull this post soon - I think it has served its purpose.
Edited by: "othen" 25th Jan

National tyres do it for £27.50 also .. Put 2 through there in the last 2 months ,no issues .
A couple of years ago I took mine into kwik fit for a free tyre check .. All passed , with print out to prove . Took car a week later for MOT at a main dealer £25 offer , and it failed on a tyre . Showed them the printout from kwikfit , and the car had done about 20 miles , but they said that was kwikfits opinion and it was still a fail , but had kindly priced me up a replacement at £200 . Yeah right .
Edited by: "plodging" 25th Jan

Unfortunately people don't like kwikfit whether that be down to personal experiences or word of mouth I personally only ever used them for work on company vehicles due to me not having to pay the bill especially since they add at least 30% on parts and have ludicrous labour charges.

I wouldn't trust kwik fit as far as I could throw them took my car in for tracking came out and the steering wheel wasnt straight will not use them again, it's a case of well known name so people use them, better off using your local garage imo

I've had my mot done there for a few years running now and never had any issues or extra charges so I rate them. There's always a voucher around so worth checking that too and 8% quidco to bring it down even more.

othen

This has been an interesting experiment. As I said in the rubric, only a … This has been an interesting experiment. As I said in the rubric, only a few weeks ago correspondents voted very hot (over 1000C) for MoT testing at £45-£55, today exactly the same test costing £27 is being voted very cold indeed. I conclude that people are voting with their hearts rather than their heads in both cases.


I think you're mistaken - people are voting very much with their heads. The £45-55 tests are conducted by people who have nothing whatever to gain by failing vehicles. And the £27 tests are being conducted by people who have an enormous incentive to fail vehicles. And that's the big difference.

If people had found KwikFit could be trusted not to abuse that position of trust, this would be a very hot deal.
But..................oO

my local one has always been great, e.g. last time I had MOT there the mecannic recommended I got 2 new front tyres done, which I was expecting, I said to him "I thught you'd fail it on that", he replied "no, it's not a fail, they're close to the limit, I can't fail you on them, just recommend you get them soon, hopefuly by us."

another time I had an electronic fault, needed a new sensor, they couldn't get the part that day, the mecannic suggested I went to a local shop to get it, then they would fit it, which I did, and they only charge the basic fee of £35 for plugging the laptop in for a diagnostic, which is £50 cheaper than the proper dealer, or other local garages!

Last five MOTs done by Kirk Fit, the car has passed each time, all for around £27 instead of £55

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Newbold

I think you're mistaken - people are voting very much with their heads. … I think you're mistaken - people are voting very much with their heads. The £45-55 tests are conducted by people who have nothing whatever to gain by failing vehicles. And the £27 tests are being conducted by people who have an enormous incentive to fail vehicles. And that's the big difference.If people had found KwikFit could be trusted not to abuse that position of trust, this would be a very hot deal. But..................oO


We will have to agree to disagree; I don't think I'm mistaken.

othen

Well, I can only report on my experiences, which have been positive. The … Well, I can only report on my experiences, which have been positive. The same KwikFit garage tested my old Saab this year and last, charged me something around half the standard fee each time, pointed out a couple of advisory issues both times and did not try to fabricate problems or charge me a penny more than the advertised price.I find it quite amusing that respondents voted a pretty poor deal (in my humble opinion) for MoT testing at local authority garages costing twice as much to over 1000C (or is it F?) only a few weeks ago.I don't have an axe to grind - my summer car is on the road for another year and I saved £30 compared to taking it to a council run garage. Ho hum.



So your kwik-fit is OK and mine ain't. I checked the reviews for my store online and pretty much everyone was complaining about it.

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simonbrown

So your kwik-fit is OK and mine ain't. I checked the reviews for my … So your kwik-fit is OK and mine ain't. I checked the reviews for my store online and pretty much everyone was complaining about it.


Well, I'm not here to publicise KwikFit, but I have used the Mot service (twice) and I suspect you have not. It is interesting that all those who have used the KwikFit MoT service and commented above have been positive about it (with the exception of thecoolguy, although it was unclear whether he had a problem with the MoT itself). The commentators that have derided KwikFit have either had an expensive experience with a repair (not what this post was about, and I suspect almost every car owner has had an expensive experience with a repair) or had no experience at all and were just quoting hearsay.
It makes no difference to me if most people like paying £45-£55 for their MoT tests, and then have to take their cars some other place to get the repairs carried out. I'll carry on taking advantage of the £27 deal at KwikFit for my old Saab for years - and at the same time paying through the nose for servicing at the main dealer for my (new) daily driver.
Ho hum.
Edited by: "othen" 26th Jan

othen

Well, I'm not here to publicise KwikFit, but I have used the Mot service … Well, I'm not here to publicise KwikFit, but I have used the Mot service (twice) and I suspect you have not. It is interesting that all those who have used the KwikFit MoT service and commented above have been positive about it (with the exception of thecoolguy, although it was unclear whether he had a problem with the MoT itself). The commentators that have derided KwikFit have either had an expensive experience with a repair (not what this post was about, and I suspect almost every car owner has had an expensive experience with a repair) or had no experience at all and were just quoting hearsay.It makes no difference to me if most people like paying £45-£55 for their MoT tests, and then have to take their cars some other place to get the repairs carried out. I'll carry on taking advantage of the £27 deal at KwikFit for my old Saab for years - and at the same time paying through the nose for servicing at the main dealer for my (new) daily driver.Ho hum.


I'm glad you've been pleased with them. Many others, though, including me, have had very bad experiences - and it's not so much what they charge for the work (though that's often even more than a main dealer would charge) but the creation of work that's not actually needed. They're far too incentivised to fail cars to boost branch and national profits, and that's essentially why so many people distrust them. That - plus hard experience.

Looks like kwikfit have created a few accounts on here.
Instaban.

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thedvdmonster

Looks like kwikfit have created a few accounts on here. Instaban.


What a rude chap you are.

This is like asking for turkeys to vote for X-Mas!

If you want to pay £27 to fail, be my guest.

Also never had problems getting my car mot'd at kwikfit

othen

Well, I'm not here to publicise KwikFit, but I have used the Mot service … Well, I'm not here to publicise KwikFit, but I have used the Mot service (twice) and I suspect you have not. It is interesting that all those who have used the KwikFit MoT service and commented above have been positive about it (with the exception of thecoolguy, although it was unclear whether he had a problem with the MoT itself). The commentators that have derided KwikFit have either had an expensive experience with a repair (not what this post was about, and I suspect almost every car owner has had an expensive experience with a repair) or had no experience at all and were just quoting hearsay.It makes no difference to me if most people like paying £45-£55 for their MoT tests, and then have to take their cars some other place to get the repairs carried out. I'll carry on taking advantage of the £27 deal at KwikFit for my old Saab for years - and at the same time paying through the nose for servicing at the main dealer for my (new) daily driver.Ho hum.



​othen, can I just say how much I've enjoyed your comments on this post. I've never used Kwikfit, and probably never will, but that's just my personal choice - based on a hunch rather than hard evidence. But your comments have been calm and reasoned - attributes which are sadly lacking on HUKD generally. So it's been a breath of fresh air, and you've made my day. Thanks!

Never had a problem with Kwik Fit.
Often cheaper for tyre fitting than all the other local garages.
I think most people are just knee jerking.

The great Kwik Fit fit-up: How Britain’s biggest garage firm charged for unneeded alignment of car wheels, claimed they'd changed spark plugs when they hadn’t and used scare tactics to sell a new wheel bearing

Our reporter was charged £49.95 for a wheel-alignment adjustment
Reporter was told her wheel might come off if she didn't spend £151.60
A one-year-old Mini was allowed to be driven away with a leaking oil filter
Screen-wash container did not contain sufficient anti-freeze additive

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othen

A few weeks ago someone posted a deal for MoT testing at local … A few weeks ago someone posted a deal for MoT testing at local authority test centres at £45-£55, and claimed it would somehow be a better test than using a commercial garage. I commented that was bunkum at the time, and today I took my 20 year old Saab convertible for a test at the local KwikFit garage. I booked and paid for it online, the test was spot on time, it was a thorough check of the car (finding a couple of minor advisory faults that I hadn't noticed when I checked it after the winter hibernation) and no made up faults were reported (because the car passed). All this cost just £27 (I think it was £30 last year) - which is a bargain for a perfectly good service.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4215926/The-great-Kwik-Fit-fit-up.html- pasheast


For all those Kwik fit supporters there is a reason it's so cold in here.

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Wolf2010

For all those Kwik fit supporters there is a reason it's so cold in here.


-242C for something that saves £28, that is well beyond my understanding...

Banned

othen

-242C for something that saves £28, that is well beyond my … -242C for something that saves £28, that is well beyond my understanding...



Just how bad the service you can get from Kwikfit is is beyond most people's comprehension.

They offered to beat the best price I could find on a set of tyres once, that saving ended up costing me £400 having the damage they did to my alloys repaired. Damage they and their area manager insisted was stone chips. Amazing how chips managed to gouge 3 approximately equally spaced holes the side of all 4 alloys since the last time I looked at them. I wouldn't let my car anywhere near Kwikfit even if they were that last garage in the world and giving away free MOT tests.


Edited by: "froodrick" 21st May

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froodrick

Just how bad the service you can get from Kwikfit is is beyond most … Just how bad the service you can get from Kwikfit is is beyond most people's comprehension.They offered to beat the best price I could find on a set of tyres once, that saving ended up costing me £400 having the damage they did to my alloys repaired. Damage they and their area manager insisted was stone chips. Amazing how chips managed to gouge 3 approximately equally spaced holes the side of all 4 alloys since the last time I looked at them. I wouldn't let my car anywhere near Kwikfit even if they were that last garage in the world and giving away free MOT tests.


So get off the fence and say what you mean, do you like KwikFit or not?
:-)
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