It all depends on how much you pay for an MOT (without the bells and whistles on to get you through the door)
Smaky knows what he is looking for so I can't see a problem mate
I'm an mot tester and all I can tell you is:
is the current cost for cars (up to 8 seats)... pay any less for an MOT and I can only hazzard a guess is that a garage will tend to look for extra in repairs. It's very wrong
, I know and you do have re-course of complaint and a re-test "which costs you yet again"
at an approved centre by a a VOSA tester. This too can have it's pitfalls too as they can find other failed items that the previous tester has missed!
The general rule of thumb is
: pay the extra and find a MOT centre that is always very busy with just MOT's (always a good sign) Always ask about free-retests
before commiting, many do, some charge!
You then pretty much know that they aren't out to make extra money out of you.
However.... The problem is one term that many MOT testers often abuse in my humble opinion is : "up to the discretion of the tester"
in other words... One tester will fail a particular item, another won't...
It is a mine field as we have to deem if a part or item will eventually fail within a period of a year
As you can imagine it's difficult to get right, thus advisory notifications came out
It really boils my p*** when I hear the horror stories of owners cars failing MOT's and when I inspect them I would never fail them on items that are in perfect working order
As with all walks of life, there are honest people who take pride in their work and there are dishonest people who want to make money out of you by whatever means
What we found to actually work was offer a six month mini service and pre mot inspection
it involves an oil and filter change braking and emmisions test. While we drain the oil, we give the car a good look over... We have found that many regular customers are having no trouble passing their mot six months after as many of the faults have been picked up before the turn into something bigger and much more expensive....
Food for thought!
IMO we should scrap the MOT test every year, reduce the price by half and have it every six month instead... One year is far to long and far too many things can go wrong between that time.