MOT TEST IN CARDIFF FOR £17!! Another Groupon deal for ultra cheap MOT test in Cardiff, this time with A1 Diagnostics.
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MOT TEST IN CARDIFF FOR £17!! Another Groupon deal for ultra cheap MOT test in Cardiff, this time with A1 Diagnostics.

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Competition must be hotting up for MOT's in Cardiff, third one in a month!! £17 for the MOT or £22 for MOT and mini valet. A1 Diagnostics 64 Sloper Road, Leckwith Cardiff CF11 8AB.

Book now if your MOT is due before 7th May 2013.
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not sure why cold - I pay £45 each year - might cost me more if I was to drive to cardiff - voted hot
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matthat

not sure why cold - I pay £45 each year - might cost me more if I was to … not sure why cold - I pay £45 each year - might cost me more if I was to drive to cardiff - voted hot



Groupon bashers, just troll looking for Groupon deals and vote them cold for unknown reasons, yet to see one of them justify themselves. Or even post a better deal!!
Very good deal, and a good garage. BUT, a retest will cost you £10. This was free with the In 'n' Out deal.
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Voucher Boy

Very good deal, and a good garage. BUT, a retest will cost you £10. … Very good deal, and a good garage. BUT, a retest will cost you £10. This was free with the In 'n' Out deal.



So it was, but still half price if you fail the first time
Hot for me
I could be wrong with this one but usually when an MOT is very cheap they find a load of things wrong with your car.
They make money back this way.
Rant over and voted hot for the price.
I just had my partners car tested at the local council MOT station, £33 all in, free retest and no mechanics sucking air through their teeth.
BazZart

On the .gov website, the recommended MOT price for a car is £54.85


£54.85 is the maximum they can legally charge, not the recommended price.
andy5and

I could be wrong with this one but usually when an MOT is very cheap they … I could be wrong with this one but usually when an MOT is very cheap they find a load of things wrong with your car.They make money back this way.



Well, mine did indeed fail, but when I replaced the bushes that it failed on, I could see why the garage had it failed. Nothing over-the-top at all. I'm glad they found the problems they did as I totally agree with their verdict.
voted cold as:
a-i don't live in cardiff
b-you told me not to vote cold in description, we can all make our own minds up thank you very much indeed
Best thing is to service your car before mot then you can repair all the faults with your mechanic before the actual mot and it would never fail. That works for me!
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thedvdmonster

voted cold as:a-i don't live in cardiffb-you told me not to vote cold in … voted cold as:a-i don't live in cardiffb-you told me not to vote cold in description, we can all make our own minds up thank you very much indeed



You voted cold for that reason? Speaks volumes
Don't tell me how to vote.
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thedvdmonster

voted cold as:a-i don't live in cardiffb-you told me not to vote cold in … voted cold as:a-i don't live in cardiffb-you told me not to vote cold in description, we can all make our own minds up thank you very much indeed



It very clearly states in the title that the deal is in Cardiff, Unless the deal is of interest why vote at all, why even look at it? Troll
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bytemaster

Don't tell me how to vote.



Sorry, didn't know you were going to, well out of your area, 123.2 miles.
Edited by: "kenwebb1953" 6th Feb 2013
Thanks op - there are some right bellends on this site n fairness. Which is a shame for me as this deal will be very useful and so may the others that you won't post in the future because of a few prats.
BazZart

Members who post deals go to time and trouble to share things with … Members who post deals go to time and trouble to share things with others, out of the goodness of their hearts, and they get voted cold.Why?Look within and think about just WHY you are voting cold, what you're achieving by it, how it makes you feel... I challenge you to think about your actions, not just blindly spread negativity for the sheer sake of it. Go on, think about it.


So what you are suggesting is that all deals should be voted hot because of the effort involved with posting? Defeats the point in having a voting system.

BTW I voted cold because I don't trust garages that loss lead on MOTs just to take more money in high repair charges.
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oddballjamie

So what you are suggesting is that all deals should be voted hot because … So what you are suggesting is that all deals should be voted hot because of the effort involved with posting? Defeats the point in having a voting system.BTW I voted cold because I don't trust garages that loss lead on MOTs just to take more money in high repair charges.



And you voted cold on a perfectly good deal that is over 150 miles away without any foundation other than your mistrust? The deal is in Cardiff. You vote on whether a deal is hot or cold based on whether or not it represents vfm. If not, or you know of a better deal for MOT in Cardiff then vote cold. Don't know don't care or I am so paranoid this must be a rip-off don't vote.
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2 weeks before my last MOT, which was a Groupon deal, I had a puncture. I was close to a Kwik Fit so had it repaired (new tyre) by them. They reported that I needed another 2 tyres that were on the legal limit and new discs and pads on the front wheels. The tyres I replaced, but the car was due for a service in between this and the MOT. The main dealer reported that the car would need new front brake pads in around 5000 miles. At the MOT the car passed first time with one advisory, new brake pads required in 5000 miles. NOT THE ACTION OF A LOSS LEADER MOT LOOKING FOR MONEY FROM EXPENSIVE UNNECESSARY REPAIRS.

Had I gone and paid Kwik Fit to do the MOT, I would have been out of pocket to the tune of £400 just in time for Xmas. 2 honest garages that I trust gave me honest advice.
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whatsThePoint

did the main dealer measure the disc/pads with a micrometer like kwik fit … did the main dealer measure the disc/pads with a micrometer like kwik fit do and no one can say how long your pads will last without knowing the details of how you drive



The garage is a main dealer and have serviced it from new. It was a thorough 5 year service. They hold records of everything ever done to the car, so will have a fair idea how it is driven etc.

I didn't see you there checking the fitter used a micrometer? If you were then you would have remembered the young mother that brought her car back because of a wobble where they hadn't tightened the wheelnuts properly. When I have the brakes done, I will use the main dealer because their staff are trained by the manufacturer to repair my car.

You would have voted this deal hot if it had been Kwik Fit

Oh and if you need a micrometer to measure discs and pads, trust me, they need changing mate. Looks impressive tho.
Edited by: "kenwebb1953" 6th Feb 2013
This needs more heat...
Voted hot purely because this is a good deal. Personally would not take up the offer, even though I live locally, because I use a service/MoT plan and is irrelevant as to whether it is a good deal or not.

Do not be put off by trolls, you should post an Apple deal and see the jealousy surface!!
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cheddarman

Voted hot purely because this is a good deal. Personally would not take … Voted hot purely because this is a good deal. Personally would not take up the offer, even though I live locally, because I use a service/MoT plan and is irrelevant as to whether it is a good deal or not.Do not be put off by trolls, you should post an Apple deal and see the jealousy surface!!



Just a bit disheartening to see a good deal get voted down for no apparent reason. Feel the same when others get it too.
kenwebb1953

And you voted cold on a perfectly good deal that is over 150 miles away … And you voted cold on a perfectly good deal that is over 150 miles away without any foundation other than your mistrust? The deal is in Cardiff. You vote on whether a deal is hot or cold based on whether or not it represents vfm. If not, or you know of a better deal for MOT in Cardiff then vote cold. Don't know don't care or I am so paranoid this must be a rip-off don't vote.


So what actual experience do you have of this garage?
A better deal is to go to the council test centre, I would imagine Cardiff has one.
Cheaper in the long run.
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I haven't used this one myself, they are actually the local Audi experts, and provide full diagnostic and tuning service etc. Cardiff has one, real close to this garage, £33 I believe. Getting an appointment is hard, they also do the Citys' taxis.

At £33 it is still almost double the price of this deal.
Just Googled them and found some interesting reviews, three of them written within 10 minutes.
cylex-uk.co.uk/com…tml
The words barge pole and wouldn't touch spring to mind.

Glad I took my partners car to the council and when my car needs it's MOT it will be going to Brindley as I trust them and it's under warranty still, also only £25 and free collect and return.
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oddballjamie

Just Googled them and found some interesting reviews, three of them … Just Googled them and found some interesting reviews, three of them written within 10 minutes.http://www.cylex-uk.co.uk/company/a1-diagnostics-and-ecu-repairs-18605643.htmlThe words barge pole and wouldn't touch spring to mind.Glad I took my partners car to the council and when my car needs it's MOT it will be going to Brindley as I trust them and it's under warranty still, also only £25 and free collect and return.



I thought you were looking at having it done in Cardiff??
kenwebb1953

I thought you were looking at having it done in Cardiff??


You know this is a UK website and not just for Cardiff folk, don't you?
BTW Brindley is a dealership brindley.co.uk/loc…on/

Have you read the reviews? some more have been posted, all by the same hand it appears.

This garage reeks of BS, no wonder they resort to using Groupon.
Edited by: "oddballjamie" 7th Feb 2013
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oddballjamie

You know this is a UK website and not just for Cardiff folk, don't … You know this is a UK website and not just for Cardiff folk, don't you?BTW Brindley is a dealership http://www.brindley.co.uk/location/Have you read the reviews? some more have been posted, all by the same hand it appears.This garage reeks of BS, no wonder they resort to using Groupon.



I wouldn't touch Brindley with your bargepole mate. They reek of hiding something. Nobody could be that perfect, I wouldn't trust them, they give me a funny feeling. Be careful folks. Must be something wrong. They'll rip you off somehow, I don't know how, but someone somewhere is very dissatisfied with them. In all probability. Well maybe. One or 2 people may have had a problem with them. Or may have a problem in the future.

No no, you are right, I am being a bigoted fascist by criticising a garage I have had no personal experience with. But my narrow minded opinion will be pushed to the fullest, I must do all I can to put my point across, how dare these people offer a great deal!

And Groupon! They have the nerve to allow businesses to advertise their services to the gullible public by actually reducing their prices!! Must be dodgy. And Le Positano and The Madeira offering 50% off their prices when you have to book 3 weeks in advance to get in at full price!! Must be something wrong, I wont go there again because I may be on a table next a Groupon customer OMG!

Bloody hell, the deal was for a cheap MOT in Cardiff by a registered UK Government approved MOT Station! At a price not one person has been able to better!! If you get a problem with ANY MOT station you have recourse. The potential to SAVE £30+ is offered. Have you ANY idea the revenue this garage would lose if they did something against the very strict new rules governing MOT? No, its a Groupon deal and is therefore inferior, like Harrods sale maybe?
Are you serious? Have you actually read the reviews of this so called garage?
It operates under four different company names
A1-DIAGNOSTICS AND ECU REPAIRS
64 SLOPER ROAD, LECKWITH
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D A AUTO'S
64 SLOPER ROAD, LECKWITH
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MAJOR MOTOR CO LTD
64 SLOPER ROAD
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T.J AUTOS
64 SLOPER ROAD, CF11 8AB

As you either couldn't be bothered to read the reviews
Two of the '5 star' reviews are written at 06/02/2013 18:43:49 and 06/02/2013 18:42:43
A further three are at 04/02/2013 14:27:28, 04/02/2013 14:24:40 and 04/02/2013 14:20:24
All in lowercase with poor grammar, see the pattern emerging? All written by the same member of staff?
Truth be told the only genuine reviews for the garage seem to be the bad ones where people have been ripped off.

Btw I'm not recommending anyone goes to Brindley, I have used them to service my car since new and they give me a discount because of this. It is also under warranty, so is more convenient for me if any repair work is needed.
I recommend people go to the council centres for a non-bias test.

There is NO potential to save any money with this garage, people will be ripped off whether it be by made up fails, fake MOTs or over priced repair work.

The temperature of this 'deal' shows no one on here will hopefully fall for it. You've posted a bad deal, just move on and get over it. Nothing to see here.
Edited by moderator: "* cropped text, please be polite" 7th Feb 2013
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I didn't join hukd to be insulted. Goodbye
oddballjamie

So what actual experience do you have of this garage?A better deal is to … So what actual experience do you have of this garage?A better deal is to go to the council test centre, I would imagine Cardiff has one.Cheaper in the long run.



Cardiffs Council Run MOT test centre is in clare road, grangetown - but it is extremely busy
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whatsThePoint

wear rate for discs is around 5mm, comical if you think you can tell the … wear rate for discs is around 5mm, comical if you think you can tell the last 1mm just by looking at it



Not as comical as someone measuring them with a micrometer. Without taking the wheels off.
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whatsThePoint

are you saying you never even been under a car to know how much room … are you saying you never even been under a car to know how much room there is around a disc with the wheel on X)come back when you've advanced from working on your pushbike



Of course I have, what I am saying is that it is not possible to use a micrometer on the disc pads in this situation, nor the discs. Me on a pushbike? Pushing 60 now and did all my own car repairs until my heart gave out. My car has done barely 20000 miles in its 5 years, I only use the brakes to stop, observant careful drivers don't need brakes to slow down, so I was surprised to find Kwik Fit claiming my discs needed replacing. I will check the discs myself with my super accurate vernier calipers. In the meantime, Evans Halshaw and the MOT centre confirm that there is nothing wrong with the discs and the pads have about 5000 miles left on them.
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whatsThePoint

so your saying by not using the brakes they will last 5000 miles which … so your saying by not using the brakes they will last 5000 miles which isn't a lot for someone causing no wear, so they can only have the minimum amount of life left in them at the moment



Sorry, but this personal criticism of me is getting wearing, you wouldn't do it to my face, stop doing it here. If you read the post properly, you will see that the car has done 20000 miles in 5 years, thats 4000 miles a year. My 5 year old daughter just told me that I can drive for another year before needing to replace my brake pads. As did my main dealer and the MOT centre. If my main dealer thought they needed changing, they would have recommended it. If the MOT centre thought they needed changing they would have failed the car. NOW WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM? I am so fed up with trolls pretending to be experts on something they have never seen, yet alone think they have any right to comment adversely on.
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whatsThePoint

yes i would, just like i would with anyone else who changes the bs they … yes i would, just like i would with anyone else who changes the bs they reply with in every post



Could you explain bs please?
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