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Why MoT tests a complete waste of time.

Okay, just got my 156 Sele back from MoT test. It passed. Total cost was £203 including a short service, MoT test, and an AC service inc. regassing etc.

Now I was convinced the car should fail. The front tyres are totally bald on the inside quarter. The rest of the tyre is on the wear limiters. The heat shield above the cat is loose and rattles over every bump, the headlights are out of alignment, one is noticeably higher than the other when I park against a wall.

All of these faults, and it is still fully roadworthy. No advisory notes, nothing!

MoT tests aren't worth the paper they are written on!

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm pleased it passed, but it shows that an MoT is not a useful test of a cars safety!
 
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Re: Why MoT tests a complete waste of time.

You could always report the station for not testing the car properly.

Its not too bad for you as you know the car has faults, but if someone had just bought a car that was MOTed there, they may think it is safe when it isn't.
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Mine failed, corrosion on the brake pipe. Not enough to warrant a failure I would've thought, as it was only minor surface corrosion, I could've scraped it off and slapped a load of dark grease over the top and it'd have passed! The garage had no work on at the time though..

Funny they quoted my £60 inc VAT to do the work and in the end it took them 4 hours, they had to drop the rear exhaust and fuel tank as they couldn't get their tool on the pipe. You've just gotta laugh!

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Surprised that you put a car with tyres like that in for an MOT ?
But more surprised & disturbed that they didn't fail the car.
Headlamps arent always "in" alignment , if you get me , N/S will be higher for distance , O/S slightly lower to prevent dazzle.
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Re: Why MoT tests a complete waste of time.

i think here in Northern Ireland we have a better system from a safety / buyers point of view.

garages cant give an MOT - you can only go to a government run test centre.

hi tech equipment for testing - well beyond any garage

no incentive for them to pretend you need work, and a good (high) standard of testing.
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Re: Why MoT tests a complete waste of time.

Tyre wear must not be below 1.6mm on the middle 3/4 of the tyre. If any cord is showing failure, so the wear may not have been within the prescribed area.

Loose heatshield has nothing to do with the MOT unless it's an exhaust mounting.

The aim of the headlamps may not be as bad as you think, one drivers side should generally be lower to avoid dazzling other drivers.
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i think here in Northern Ireland we have a better system from a safety / buyers point of view.

garages cant give an MOT - you can only go to a government run test centre.

hi tech equipment for testing - well beyond any garage

no incentive for them to pretend you need work, and a good (high) standard of testing.
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Tyre wear must not be below 1.6mm on the middle 3/4 of the tyre. If any cord is showing failure, so the wear may not have been within the prescribed area.

Loose heatshield has nothing to do with the MOT unless it's an exhaust mounting.

The aim of the headlamps may not be as bad as you think, one drivers side should generally be lower to avoid dazzling other drivers.
Right enough, although....

I always set them the same height. If set right, they won't dazzle. That said, there are more headlamps which seem to produce considerable primary glare.

Doh, I've just contradicted myself again...
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Re: Why MoT tests a complete waste of time.

garge I use for MOT's do no repair work at all.

No incentive to fail the car - much betterthan somewhere that may be short of work so fail the car when there is not a greta deal wrong

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I have no beef with the garage, I think that the rules are ridiculous!

In answer to one response, I booked it in to be MoTed, then gave it a quick once over and noticed the inside edges of the tyres were worn, booked blackcircles fitting for a few days after test, so it could go back to be re-tested for free if it failed.

My main gripe was that the rules for the MoT pass and lax in some areas and overtight in others.

However, on a positive note, while I was in getting it MoTed, a big black BMW M5 fake failed on over dark windows and rear light tints! He he he
 
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MOT's feel pointless. I took a previous car in for one a couple of years ago. Took it to one place who failed it hugely, then quoted me for repair work. I'm not a mechanic or expert but I'm not stupid either. Took it to a different garage who failed it as well but for different reasons. I asked them about it and showed them the previous fail - they were astonished at the stuff they put on the fail as they thought it was fine - even raised the car and showed me (coil / leaf springs IIRC). They thing they did fail me for was something I expected. 1st garage advised me to not even drive the car etc. as it was dangerous. I had the car for 2 years after that and drove loads of miles and never had to replace the parts they said were dangerous. Needless to say I use the 2nd garage for everything now and find them very reasonable and good communicators. Inconsistency is what gets to me and the fact that there is a lot of personal interest for garages giving you doubts about honesty.
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My car came with a full years MOT about 2 months ago. first time i folded up the rear bench i noticed that the lap belt buckle was not actually attached to the car in any way. Yes, very safe.

I feel i should name and shame the garage, but i am a little reluctant, they are the only alfa specialist in aberdeen.....
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they are the only alfa specialist in aberdeen.....
Think you've doe it there then mate
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I feel i should name and shame the garage, but i am a little reluctant, they are the only alfa specialist in aberdeen.....
*Puts on both deerstalker and Columbo mac*

I wonder who it could be then?
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Re: Why MoT tests a complete waste of time.

Let us have the garage details. If they pass most cars they test the business could double overnight !!!
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