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Worn Out Vehicles failing MOT- in record numbers over emissions

Worn Out Vehicles failing MOT

Worn Out Vehicles failing MOT

So, this is something that we at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax have been noticing. However it is not rocket science! Modern day cars are meant to run all the time and have regular servicing. During the on going pandemic then cars have been stood outside houses without  been run at all. This can effect many of the vehicles engine parts ! So causing a failure on emissions when taking the MOT test.

We know for a fact that many cars have missed out on a years serving. So, this can lead to dirty oil and indeed blocked air and oil filters. Even further down the line, then engine valves could be sticking, of course due to the lack of servicing. Older cars will find that their plugs were not changed on the due servicing date. Once again causing the vehicle to have lower emission standards and possibly failing the MOT test.

Other problems due to stood vehicles

So, its not just emission problems that have occurred but other things have become relevant. We have noticed an increase in broken springs and other suspension and steering parts. As I have explained modern cars need to be used and stood about has not done them any good. Such things as coil springs are put under pressure when stood in one place all the time. The springs are under tension and will become more rigid and more likely to break once the car is finally driven. This metal fatigue also causes other tensioned parts to fail when put under pressure of say hitting a pot hole.

Almost 1.3 million vehicles failed their MOT last year because of faults relating to exhaust emissions, new data suggests. A Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the DVSA found more cars have failed on emissions

Source: Vehicles failing MOT in record numbers over emissions

Bridgestone Tyre Safety – How to take care of your tyres-The importance of Tread Depth

Bridgestone Tyre Safety

Importantly, Bridgestone Tyre Safety is one of those self-explanatory videos. Of course, the video demonstrates the different actions and reactions. Naturally, when tyre are being driven with differing tread depths. For this reason, tyres will act completely different. Mainly, the stopping distances are severely affected.

Of course, most drivers do know this. However, they do not realise just how far a car will travel when braking occurs with little or no tread. This Bridgestone tyres video will show the drivers just how a lack of tread affects their cars performance. Sit back and watch.

Introduced by Tony Jardine, learn more about the impact tread depth can have on your vehicles performance safety as well as how to monitor tyre tread depth and take care of your tyres.

Bridgestone’s Tyre Safety videos

Specifically, show not only what can happen when tyres are not properly maintained. But also just how easy it is to keep tyres in proper working order.

Of course for winter driving you cant be much safer when fitting the Blizzak range . Naturally, bringing together new innovations in tread and materials technology. So delivering the safety and performance you need for your families safety. Significantly, when combating today’s increasingly diverse and unpredictable conditions. So with the Blizzak winter tyre fitted to your vehicle,you can hit the road with total confidence in all winter conditions. Including sunny to slush and snow and everything in between. Engineered in Germany with your safety in mind.
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More essential tyre safety information visit  www.tyresafe.org

Motorhome Tyre Pressures are very important for your Caravan or Motorhome

Motorhome Tyre Pressures

Check the Motorhome Tyre Pressures 

Of course, after the recent “lockdown” many thousands of people will be getting their caravans and motorhomes ready. For the British bank holiday season starting this year with the Easter holiday. Significantly, this is time when thousands of holiday makers will be checking their tyres. Including tyre pressures, ready for their first trips away.

So us Brits do this every year. Even though we know that we will be stuck in massive traffic jams and hold ups.  Wherever we go, but especially to the coast. Never the less we do it every year. We Brits yearn to get away over the bank holiday period and the adjoining school holidays.

What we do not all do is to check our tyres and Tyre Pressures ?

You would think that it was common sense. But many set off and do not think anything about it. These are the ones that we see on the hard shoulder of the motorway. Including, the grass verge. So, having to change a flat tyre or a blown out tyre on their caravan. The worse culprits seem to be the guys who are going camping and towing a little trailer. These small trailers are usually fitted with 400×8 trailer tyres. Similar to wheel barrow tyres. Because they are so small. Therefore, it is imperative that you inflate them to the correct

the correct tyre pressures are very important

Tyre Pressures for carrying the weight that you have in the trailer, this will usually be the highest pressure for this type trailer.

I have seen hundreds of these trailers parked up with a wheel missing. Because of the tyre blown out and the owner not having a spare the same size. If you use this type of vehicle! Then you must carry a spare wheel. So, if you are doing sixty mile an hour and you have a puncture in one of these trailers.

Then the small tyre will simply disintegrate. Because of its small size and the weight that it is carrying. Of course, a spare wheel is a necessity. Also make sure that you are buying a spare wheel for a trailer. Importantly, these are usually a six ply tyre that are made for highway and NOT a wheel barrow tyre. I have mentioned this because many people make this huge mistake, we have seen this many times.

This is also a important thing to think about when buying a new tyre for a caravan or mobile home.

Make sure that you buy the correct tyre that has the correct weight carrying loads; It should tell you what tyres to use in the hand book or make sure that you fit the same tyres as your vehicles original equipment.

In the motorhomes the tyres are usually of a higher ply rating than normal car tyres. As we all know some of these vehicles are massive even as big as a double decker bus, so it is very important to get the exact tyres with correct ply rating and load rating, in my opinion it is always best to fit the exact same tyres, even the same makes of tyres, as your original equipment. This will ensure your safety and probably your fuel consumption. I know that our customers are on a tight budget but in this instance buying cheap tyres is not an option, if the vehicle is fitted with Michelin tyres then replace them with exactly the same using the same tyre pressures and them unless you are really unlucky you should have a problem free journey as far as your tyres are concerned.

Tyres can help with fuel consumption

As I have said earlier fuel consumption is very important for the motor home as some of these vehicles will only do about fifteen to twenty mile to the gallon. So having the correct tyre pressures will help to maintain the correct mileage performance. How it works is that if your tyres are under inflated then your vehicle engine has to work much harder to drive along. This is known as “ROLLING RESISTANCE”

Also a good tip is to check your tyre pressures when the tyres are cold and also make sure that you have a valve cap fitted, to ensure that the valve does not leak and reduce your tyre pressures.

A gauge like this one always comes in handy for keeping an eye on your tyre pressures

You should always know what the weight limit is for your type of vehicle . Importantly, do not exceed these recommendations. Also spread out the weight throughout the vehicle, this will

maximise the stability of the total unit, we have all followed caravans that are swerving about doing 60 mph on the motorway. Of course, this is also illegal and dangerous.

Another really important point that is sometimes overlooked is to keep a spare wheel for your caravan or camping trailer. Also try it on the vehicle before you set off on your journey; we have had to help many caravan owners who were stuck on the M62 motorway because their spare wheel did not fit. They may look the same, but they could have different stud holes and offsets, so try them out before you travel on a journey…See more at: http://tyresafe.org/tyre-safety/caravan-tyre-safety/advice-and-information#sthash.CzT5oBqU.dpuf

Have a safe and care free holiday !

 Keeping tyres correctly inflated ensures an even wear rate leading to longer tyre life. Under-inflated tyres places excess loads on the outer edges of the tyre, causing the shoulders to wear more rapidly. Over-inflated tyres will experience higher wear rates in the centre of the tread.

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Drivers Avoid Car Servicing? Why do Car Drivers avoid Servicing their Cars?

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Drivers Avoid Car Servicing

Of course, modern cars are all controlled by computers these days. In fact almost all aspects of manufacturing today’s cars are controlled by computers and this includes the servicing schedules. The servicing details that are written out in your cars hand book. SO, have been designed to give the best possible Smart Car Servicing schedule. Importantly, you should not really vary from that by giving your car extra oil or filter changes.

Drivers neglect their car servicing plan why?

As I have stated earlier today’s cars are better built and more reliable than the cars say ten year ago and before. They have the ability to run for much longer periods that their older counterparts. The only exception to this in my opinion is that we have more problems with the cars electric systems than before. Because modern cars have more of them (car electrics).

The thing that some drivers neglect is to have their cars serviced at the correct periods according to their Servicing a Car manual. We often get cars in for  servicing and when we stamp and enter the details into the servicing booklet we find that they have missed out a service completely, and when we sometimes question this they simply come out with some excuse, such as the previous garage forget to fill it in. I do not believe this and it also important to keep a Car Servicing history to keep up the value should the owner ever want to sell the car.

Some car owners ignore the service book completely?

You would be surprised how many drivers do not have a service book or have lost them. Many car owners are guilty of this. As luck would have it. Most good garages have a car service times and repair schedule times computer. We at Pellon Auto-centre here in Halifax use the Auto-Data computer software for all our mechanical work timings and service schedules. This means that we do not get stuck if a customer does not have a service schedule book for their cars.

Another problem in our busy world. So, is that people do not have their car serviced at all ! Consequently, the end result of this is that although the car will perhaps keep on running. Then it will inevitably start breaking down at some stage or another.

In most cases the warning light will come on for the particular problem that may arise.

The common lights to illuminate are the oil warning lights and the brake warning lights. When a car is regularly serviced these parts are checked and any problem will be rectified for example oils will be changed and brakes will be checked and any problems will be rectified, such as replacing worn out brake pads.

When the car is not serviced then these problems will become exaggerated and lead onto to more damaged parts. A car with a low oil level could lead onto a damaged engine or cylinder head. Worn out brake pads will inevitably lead onto damaged brake discs or burned out wheel cylinder’s, once again leading onto a much higher garage charge. So, than they would get if they did not Drivers Avoid Car Servicing.

Some other things that may affect your car

Other things that could go wrong would fluid changes. On a very big service some car manufacturers recommend that the cars fluid should be changed. These are things such as transmission oils, brake fluids. not forgetting, the engine coolant levels and steering fluid levels. Of course,these are all things that are checked or changed while Car Servicing. Importantly, all of which could be critical if neglected and the drivers Avoid Car Servicing.

The one thing that would give you big problems though is as I have stated earlier. Your ENGINE OIL. You should at least give your car an oil and filter change. This is the very least you should but this could stop your engine blowing. Especially, on the way to the airport for your valuable holidays. I do not really recommend it ! But even if you change the oil and filter yourself, then please do it, a car with a blown up engine is not worth anything to anybody.

Garage servicing does other things

Other things that a garage will do for you during  Car Servicing. Of course, is things like changes your wheels round. Thus will ensure, a better wear out of your tyres. Also many garages are now in nationwide schemes and only fit the best parts.

Using low quality spare parts for your cars servicing

This is a cost saving that is false economy ! So, will it really save you money. By fitting your own parts from the local corner accessory shop. Inferior parts will wear out quicker. This is most common to see on tyres. Cheap car tyres will wear out in a faster time than a leading make, say such as Michelin tyres, and this has been proven time and again. A little extra money will give you much better value in the long run

So respond to that check engine oil light on the dash

When the check engine oil warning light, or brake warning light goes on. Your car will still be operational. But please do not ignore it and put it off to for another day. So eventually, its then that you spend quite an amount of money. Naturally, on the car and you regret your negligence. When the check engine light, or any other warning light comes on. Urgently,  schedule an appointment with your garage and start a new campaign for your car. So, to have  regular Car Servicing. Importantly we also check the car owners timing belt change time when we service their cars.

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Traffic Chaos Expected-“Unprecedented summer” expected on UK roads

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Traffic Chaos Expected

Traffic Chaos Expected

So when I read this attached article then it makes good sense to prepare your car for any unexpected traffic hold ups. I can see that there will be many traffic jams and hold ups as the expected figures of traffic volumes come into fruition.

Simply put there will be millions of motorists that are hell bent on a good holiday here in the UK. Hence, as restrictions to the near continent continue to haunt frustrated drivers and their families from travelling abroad. I certainly intend to stay at home this year and see what the situation is next year. However millions are expected to visit the big tourist spots. Whilst, also enjoy the great weather that we are experiencing here in the UK.

In my opinion this is no better time but to have your car serviced or at least check  your levels and your air-con system. I can foresee many traffic hold ups. As  millions of frustrated motorists and their families head out. In the great August heat wave that we are promised by the weather men.

The amount of breakdowns is expected to sore as cars heading for spots such as the “Lake District”, Scotland and the coastal areas of the UK not forgetting the beautiful Welsh country side .  Bottle necks are inevitable so protect your car by having a check out before you set off on your journey.

Dont forget the tyres!

Lastly, but very important is your tyres. The weather is expected to be very hot in August so please have your tyres checked out. So, good tyres with the correct pressure for a loaded car will see you safely home. Many drivers just load up their vehicles with the family and the luggage and not give a second thought about their tyre pressures or indeed the condition of the tyres in general.

Especially when towing a camping trailer or any other type of trailers including caravans. Respectfully though many drivers do have the tyre checked ! Especially, the caravan fraternity.

This attached article gives you some idea of the expected traffic volumes expected. Heading out on our roads this summer school holiday period . Good luck and have a safe journey!

This summer will see unprecedented levels of traffic on UK roads due to drivers planning in excess of an estimated 29m staycations – 16m of these in the school holidays alone – according to a

Source: “Unprecedented summer” expected on UK roads

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Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update-Bluetooth”TPMS” tyre pressure monitor for Perodua cars

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Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update

I must admit that I was not convinced about the eventual effectiveness of TPMS systems fitted to the earlier car models. So, as a busy tyre business! the first time that we had come across one of these systems was when a member of my staff broke a TPMS sensor. Thus, when removing a tyre from the rim?

In the past prior to the TPMS valves being fitted, we just used to rip the old tubeless valve out and then fit a new one. Consequently, we did this with every tubeless. So, a new valve was fitted to every new tyre or puncture repair.

The first time we came across a TPMS valve was when one of my fitters ripped out the valve. Consequently, a complete new sensor had to be fitted. So, in the early days then we had to buy a replacement from the main dealers. In this case it cost me £130 for a new valve? wow !

Sensors are now made by specialist companies and the price has halved! Of course this was all part of the service and price here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK.

Then came the dreaded TPMS systems.

This all started with car manufacturers drive to produce cars with lower emissions. Tyres were an important factor in this. As a result, tyre companies looked for materials to make tyres lighter in weight. Also it is well known that if tyres loose the recommended tyre inflation pressures, then this increase fuel consumption.

Less air in your tyres means that the cars engine has to work harder to drive the car along. SO using more fuel and causing more emissions. This is the subsequent reason that tyre retailers like myself, are always ranting on about having the correct tyre pressure.

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update-Along came Tyre pressure monitoring systems.

This concern about the lack of tyre care by the general public, lead to the invention of the TPMS systems on our cars. Of course, cars are all now fitted with computers. Making it possible to control the data that the magic sensor in the wheel of your car. So, this sensor is able to read your tyre pressure? any fall in pressure will alert the computer and illuminate the TPMS warning light that is situated on the cabs dashboard.

Most drivers have by now seen this happen. Judging by the amount of cars that we see in any given week. Then this is becoming a common thing!

Each wheel sensor is fitted with an attach rubber or metal valve. These look no different to the old style tubeless valves that were so easy to replace. These new style valves still need replacing, but not as often as the old style valve.

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update-More care is now needed when fitting a new tyre?

So, to bring the whole thing up to scratch. Then we have to take much more care when removing the old tyres. Of course ,this is so that we dont damage the TPMS sensor fitted to the inside of the wheel. Although we are now finding that the first models of cars that were fitted with these sensors, Then we have to replace them because they sensors are failing due to corrosion.

Although I was not convinced in the first place, then I now realise how important the TPMS system is on a modern car. Customers do not like to see the illuminated light in the cab. Consequently, if the light comes on then they have the problem attended to straight away. In the past our customers were driving about with half flat tyre for ages?

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Latest Update

The latest thing to come out now is this Gear Up Bluetooth app which lets you take complete control of you tyre pressures.

PERODUA has introduced the Gear Up Smart Bluetooth TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring system), an innovative product that allows users to keep track of their

Source: Bluetooth tyre pressure monitor for Perodua cars

 

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Driving in Winter-How to Safely Operate a Vehicle in Slushy Conditions

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Driving in Winter

Driving in Winter

Most people understand that driving in snow can be a little tricky. However, the danger hasn’t always passed once the snow has begun to melt. It’s also risky to drive in slush, the combination of melting snow, water, ice salt, and other debris that commonly develops on roads in late winter.

It can also develop at times when temperatures are just above freezing but ice salt is melting any snow that lands on the ground. This can cause problems for pedestrians, as well. If you’re a property owner, be sure to clear any slush from the sidewalk to avoid slip and fall accidents. This is a relatively quick job, and can help you avoid being contacted by a personal injury lawyer.

Cleaning slush off the road is not as simple as cleaning it off the sidewalk, though. Read on to learn how to safely operate your vehicle even while the road is full of slush.

How to Safely Drive on Slush

Driving on slush is difficult because it allows for very little traction. Additionally, slush tends to accumulate in mounds or piles. This makes the surface very slippery for tires traveling over it. Tyres that turn against slush mounds are often met with a stronger-than-expected obstruction, which creates a side force.

This makes changing lanes particularly difficult. When the wheels meet the slush, it creates a braking effect in the front of the vehicle. Combined with little to no traction in the rear tires, as well as the turning movement which has already begun, the car may continue to turn. This could cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle.

That doesn’t have to happen. To make sure you don’t spin out when driving in slush, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Never change lanes over slush mounds unless you genuinely have no other option.
  • Make a point of planning lane changes ahead of time so you can perform them in areas without slush.
  • When you are changing lanes or turning, do so gradually. This ensures the vehicle’s angle of approach is shallow. As a result, less force is exerted on the tires.
  • Grip the steering wheel firmly but loosely in order to maintain control of the vehicle if you do run into slush.
  • Exert a consistent amount of pressure on the accelerator. You want to maintain a relatively consistent speed in order to prevent a sudden braking or accelerating force.

All this said, the best way to avoid being involved in an accident is to avoid driving in slushy conditions whenever possible. However, there may be instances when it is necessary to get behind the wheel despite the presence of slush on the roads. In these cases, remember that “slow and steady” is key to making safe lane changes. You also need to maintain a safe distance between yourself and other vehicles, as it can be difficult to brake in slush. By remembering these points, you’ll be much safer out on the road all winter long.

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Dangerous tyres supplier fined-The tyres had five areas of damage which had not been properly repaired

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‘Dangerous’ tyres supplier fined

Cumnock Chronicle

Both of the £20 tyres were examined by an independent expert who reported that one of the tyres had five areas of damage which had not been properly repaired and a nail still embedded in the tread.

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Part worn tyres are Dangerous tyres

This article, thus coming out in the Cumnock Chronicle . Is of no surprise! Especially, to all of us genuine tyre dealers selling new tyre products for a living. As a result, we are very concerned about the way that these people are setting up. So, all these back street part worn tyre shops that have sprung up recently, are making me cringe!.

Especially, in the past couple of years. Making some areas look like the back streets of Cairo, (this is what i saw on a recent visit to Egypt). Incredibly, there was a tyre shop on every corner. Staff in so called tyre shops, were inflating tyres with old foot pumps.

Since I did this article their has been a rise in the number of prosecutions for Dangerous tyres. That is to say, against part worn tyre dealers who sell Dangerous tyres. In this case, that do not come under the law. So some dealers do act within the law and I have nothing against this. But it is the unscrupulous dealers that should be targeted.

I am amazed that people in a civilised country like ours! Would think that they could buy a decent good tyre for only £20 ? Local authorities throughout the UK and the USA are starting to clamp down on the illegal sale of these dangerous tyres. So, drivers are not aware that they may be driving their cars. Alarmingly, with the time bomb of part worn tyres fitted to their vehicles.

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MOT Lockdown Police Problems-Police issue warning amid lockdown MOT confusion

MOT Lockdown Police Problems

MOT Lockdown Police Problems

So, I can only think that the Dorset police are doing this type of random car stopping due to road offence suspicions and not specifically to do with covid 19 lockdown . In my opinion the problem was caused by the original governments decision to postpone MOT testing for a six month period in 2020. This was to be a part of the preventing motorists from having to go to their garage for an MOT test.

Staying at home was the key message to all of us. This move caused a back log of testing when the six month period ended. So, we know from experience how confusing this silly postponement caused the regular motorists. Importantly, people are still confused as to where they stand and are still calling us up for advice.

We decided early on to send our MOT customers a reminder letter to let them know and keep their cars legal. Unfortunately, not every garage did this and it look like drivers are now being pursued by the police. Especially in the Dorset area of the UK. I have not heard of anything similar in the west Yorkshire area and I hope that this does not happen.

DORSET Police has issued an urgent MOT warning to drivers amid confusion following last year’s six-month MOT extension. In a post on Facebook, Dorset Police warned penalty notices would be issued to drivers without the right

Source: Police issue warning amid lockdown MOT confusion

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MOT Testing Halifax-Why You Should NOT GO To Your Local Council-They are closing them down anyway?

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MOT Testing Halifax

 Latest update is that The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency ( VOSA ) has closed. It’s been replaced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency ( DVSA ).

MOT Testing Why You Should avoid Your Local Council

So, I have now been the owner of my garage, Pellon tyre and Autocentre has now been operating for over 40 years. As a result I have tried to build up a reputation that is second to none. Over the years we have built up a fantastic reputation and trust.

Because, we have always been straight and honest with our customers. Hence, I personally have been the owner of this garage here in Halifax. For the past 25 years. In that time we have carried out thousands of MOT tests. Of course, we have always used our best discretion. Carrying out MOT Testing. Having always had the customer’s best interest to heart.

Over the years we have only had one small dispute with a customer. Subsequently, that was the fault of our tester at the time. Replacing him as soon as we could. Thus, at the moment we only have two testers. Ryan Linton, who in my opinion is a first class mechanic. Naturally, a person and has worked for me for 22 years. We now have a second tester Mr Dale Linton.

The point that I am getting at is the massive effort that we at Pellon have put into our garage and MOT testing service,

This was in my opinion undermined. So, when I heard a guy been interviewed on radio 2. This presenter was from a website telling us how we can save money. Advising the listeners to go to the  Local Councils. Thus, for their car MOT testing. Because if they went there. Then they would not be taken for a ride or ripped off. Consequently, he was basically saying that we MOT Centres Vehicle Testing Stations. So that carry out MOT testing fail the cars intentionally. In order to give themselves the work repairing the car.

This could not be further from the truth. VOSA DVLA MOT Testing Rules statistics. Show that privately owned testing stations. As a result, are more likely to pass the car than fail the car. The money website claims that the local council run testing stations. Therefore, are more likely to pass your car than a private garage. Such as the  likes of my own garage in Halifax. So what they are saying is we are corrupt. By failing cars just to get the mechanical work.

Local Council want private MOT Testing stations to test taxis?

Other things that I am not happy with are the good reviews that they say they have had from customers of the local council testing stations. One says that they fitted a light bulb and then they passed the car, the council test stations do not do any mechanical work whatsoever, so this was a porky.

Another one stated that his car had failed at a private garage and the car needed £400 spending on it to pass the test, so the guy took his car to the council test station and they passed his without any problems. I frankly do not believe what they say, I agree that we are not all squeaky clean in the garage trade but we are well regulated by VOSA and if the figures for different failures do not look right ,then VOSA will give you a visit and try see whats going on.

Council testing stations used to charge the full going rate for MOT Testing,

But I rang round today and found out that they have now started to discount the tests, I think that they are under pressure to do more testing from the cash strapped councils. In fact we did get a notification asking us if we would like to carry out testing on behalf of the council, but I declined the offer as we are busy enough anyway.

Another problem with the local council test stations is that if your car fails, then you then have to go to a garage for the work carrying out and then they have to go back to the council for a re- test. This is a long way round when a private garage will in most cases would have done the work on the car the same day, saving the customer time and money.

MOT testing station owner Eric Roberts

There is no evidence at all to back up the Money websites claims. Fundamentally, there are no statistics from VOSA that MOT Testing stations that carry out repair work. So,  fail more cars than council run MOT testing stations. It is really clear that going to a MOT only testing stations. Such as the council run operations. Is likely to incur considerable more cost and personnel inconvenience. Especially if the car fails on a minor fault, such as a light bulb and has to make another appointment for a re-test.

VOSA the government department in charge of MOT testing. Importantly, are always watching out for garages. With bad practices and make regular visits to offending garages. MOT garages are also given colour codes that relate to their testing standard. Green is the best, then Amber, and the worse standard is Red. So, these are the ones that the ministry keep a careful eye on. It is worth finding out what standard the testing station is, before you book your car in. I am proud to say that we at Pellon Autocentre are in the best lane, the Green lane.

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Comment from Jim McMasters –

As the owner of an older car I have been tempted to use the Council test stations. This year I had two MOT tests by two different independent garages. Garage No 1 failed the car on rear brake pipes and front and rear brake hoses with both front suspension bushes advisory – cost of repairs £344 inc MOT.

Garage No 2 failed the car on front and rear brake pipes and the suspension bushes and said the brake hoses were advisory with mild corrosion on the ferrules and discoloration of rear indicator bulbs which had been replaced by Garage No1 the year before – cost of repairs £601 inc MOT.

The only thing that puts me off using the Council testing stations is that if you fail you then have to fend around for someone to fix the car within the retest period which takes time and I’ve found some garages don’t want to do brake pipe jobs if they are busy with bolt on type repairs. So I think you make a fair point in favour of the independent garage for practical purposes but as my example shows, there is a lack of consistency with garages both in testing and pricing.