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As the proud owner of an MOT testing station here in the UK. Then I must protest about these new proposals. I am sick of hearing about MP’s coming out with stupid ideas. The idea is that cars are now lasting longer. What a load of rubbish?

Tyres and brake parts do not last for four years. I think that the British MOT trade must protest. There must be a motoring body out there to represent us. Hence enabling us to launch a massive protest. Have our MP’s forgot about people power and Brexit? This would close many MOT centres down. Many of our businesses have been around for many years. Of course, not only that but what about all the money that we have had to pay out over the years. Especially, to keep up with the new directives and changes made over the years.

Range Rover Sport and Some Other Nice Cars for the MOT TEST.

Range Rover Sport

Range Rover Sport

Ryan fitting the new discs and pads to the red BMW Mini

I love taking some pictures and writing small articles.Especailly, about the cars that we have had presented to us. Hence, for different work to be carried out. So, it also pleases me that our customers trust us to look after their cars.Naturally, whilst they are in our care. Subsequently, this week for instance we have had a really diverse mix of cars. From an Aston Martin to a Reliant Robin that came in for a new battery fitting.

Another smart looking car was a very nice Range Rover Sport, a 2007 model. Turning  up for an MOT test and a service. I must admit that I didn’t like these cars a first. Of course, some of the later models are excellent cars. This particular car had a problem with a diesel leak. Which we found out to be a leak coming through one of the near side injectors.

Ryan Linton my chief mechanic fixed the car by fitting a new injector seal, this was an option that we had rather than fit a complete injector this also saved the customer a few pounds in repair fees.

The Range rover had a set of 22 inch tyres and wheels fitted, and the tyres were wearing away at the edges, but Ryan issued an advisory notice for this and did not fail the car. After the car was serviced and washed the car was collected by another happy customer.

Next job for an MOT test a smart red BMW Mini

I must admit that I prefer the old BLMC Minis to the new BMW Minis but some of the colour schemes on the BMW Minis are just special. The car that we had in for an MOT test was in my favourite colour red. The car was really eye catching and I could not resist taking a picture.

Range Rover Sport

Range Rover Sport in for a service and an MOT test

The Mini was the next test after the Range Rover and failed the test on the brake tester. The customer gave us permission to do the brake work and after removing the wheels we found that the car required discs and pads at the front and pads to the rear. We are a Unipart Car Care Centre and so we fitted genuine Unipart discs and pads.

Ryan finished the job and the BMW Mini went on its way with another very happy customer.

Post Written by Eric Roberts… www.mot-halifax

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RENAULT MEGANE-Fails MOT Test (miserably?) massive rust problems.

RENAULT MEGANE Turns up for the MOT test with a massive hole in the sills


Renault Megan with huge hole in the sill

When you run an MOT test centre, we see all sorts of things on the cars that we test. In general motorists a re very good and the majority look after their cars. We do however the opposite end of the scale and are presented with cars that are dropping to bits. The majority of cars fail on silly little things, such as light bulbs that do not work. These include Headlights, indicators, brake lights, any damaged reflectors and your headlamp aim, they are all easy to check out if you need more information about you MOT test you can check on the VOSA web-site the governing body that oversees the MOT test system here in the UK.WE at Pellon MOT centre here in Halifax UK, recommend that the car owner should check his car over before presenting it to an MOT station for testing.

If you are the owner of a French car you are likely to have a first time fail. Citroen, Peugeot, and Renault were all in the bottom five brands for first time cars being tested for the first time. The worse French car to fail the test was the Renault Megane. Only 71% of these cars that were registered in 2008 actually passed their first MOT test, what does that say?

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Megane turns up for MOT test

This brings me on to a little story that happened today Monday  23rd 2013 We had a Renault Megane booked in for an MOT test. The Renault Megane turned up and Ryan Linton, our tester proceeded to carry out the test. When it came to checking for corrosion he found a well rotted rusty sill that he could nearly fit his fist through. He also found that the front discs brakes were rotten with rust.  A few other things were failures, some light bulbs were gone and the catalytic converter was in need of replacing. Altogether a very expensive MOT test.

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Renault Megane rusted up front discs

Article and pictures by Eric Roberts…

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Selling tyres online from our website . Using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. So, we offer courtesy cars to local motorists .Needing to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Consequently, we are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Trading Standards . Finally, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

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MOT Test Combined with Car Servicing | FindGarage.Co.Uk

MOT Test Combined with Car Servicing

Unlike an MOT test, servicing is not a legal requirement for your vehicle. However, you will probably find that regular servicing can help to keep everything.


Eric Roberts‘s insight:

We all must be responsible for our cars servicing and MOT test

Sometimes I find it a great shame. Incredibly,  that we in the motor trade. Insistently, have to keep harping on about servicing your cars. One of the main excuses in recent times! Of course, has been the recession. Recently, car drivers just haven’t had any spare cash to spend on their vehicles. Consequently, we have all seen people just putting £10’s worth of fuel into their cars at the filling station? Ridiculous, but true !

In my opinion I think that these people should have some kind of a budget. A sort of “piggy bank” and save to have their vehicle serviced. Including any mechanical work required when it goes in for its annual MOT test. Incidentally it is estimated that 4.7 million miss their mot testing date. I am sure that drivers either just flaunt the law or are not aware that driving your

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Popular MOT Test sign seen throughout the UK

car without a valid MOT test certificate is an offense reference section 47 of the 1988 Road Traffic Act.

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Also driving without an MOT test will make your insurance invalid and you may receive a fine of up to £1000. Is it really worth it, when you can have an MOT test and a service for most average family saloons for around £150? If you are not sure where you can go for your vehicle serviced you should go online and look for your nearest Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC), they will offer you excellent service at a fair price.

Once you have had your MOT test and service you should be safer for another year, although I recommend that you have an engine oil and filter change in between the tests to be on the safe side. Also do not forget check your levels at regular periods, say once a week and top them up when required.

Here we are now at the back end of 2014, nearing Christmas time and the price of fuel has plummeted. The only problem is that the price of oil and petrol is not following as fast. The experts say that it may take a little longer for this to take place, but i was just wondering if services on cars wold be also coming down. I am not so sure , but i suspect so.

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Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van services and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres. Giving a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Also sell Uniroyal Car Tyres online from our website So,by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists. Needing to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Trading Standards.Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

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MOT Test Combined with Car Servicing

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Spanish Car-turns up for a UK MOT TEST and fails miserably?

Spanish Car

Amazingly, Halifax attractions bring in many tourists. Hence from the rest of the UK and also from abroad ! Of course, many drive here ! Bringing in their cars for their annual,  VOSA,  MOT test. We test most type of cars from nearly new to Our MOT test her in Halifax UK are usually pretty straight forward ? .We test from normal type cars to vintage Rolls-Royce’s.

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Ryan testing the Spanish car

We are situated here in the foothills of the Pennine hills, a sort of old market town that was influenced in the early years by textile and carpet manufacturers. The town has not many claims to fame, but has a fabulous historic building known as Piece Hall, where all the wool and textile traders used to meet and sell and buy wool and other textile materials.

The town is also well known for the early gallows situated in Gibbet Street, where criminals were hanged for such things as sheep steeling . We do have a few tourist visit us, usually as an add  to the more attractive near by Howarth, the home of the Bronte Sisters.

This is where we are likely to see foreign visitors driving about in the beautiful hilly landscape of the Yorkshire Pennines. This is a very popular area for visitors from Holland, Italy  and Germany, who usually travel from the near continent by car. We also have many visitors from the Far-East and the USA, but they fly here and tour by coach.

New arrivals also require MOT Test

Immigration has also become part of the equision ! So, immigrants from Poland, Albania and other ex Soviet block countries are now arriving. Of course, many also have cars and vans. Spanish people are coming to the UK to work ! Because of the high unemployment in their own countries.

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Spanish car calls in to Pellon tyres for an MOT test

Occasionally we have had car drivers that live in France and Spain. So, calling in with their French and Spanish Car, and now we are getting Polish and Bulgarian cars calling in for new tyres and punctured wheels. Especially when the relations visit them. Surprisingly, we never carried out an MOT test on these peoples cars.

That was until today.

A young lady called into the garage with her Spanish registered Nissan Micra. We later found out that she was on some sort of a teacher exchange scheme. Consequently, she was teaching in a local school. Unfortunately, her  Spanish Car was in England when the two year Spanish MOT had ran out. Spain has to have an MOT test every two years( and not one as in the UK).

Nissan Micra fails MOT test.

The Spanish Car failed the test on a couple of obvious things the headlamps were out of line, pointing to the wrong side as in Spain, the Spanish Car did not have a fog light on the offside as required in the UK. A track rod end and the car needed three new tyres. Nothing much wrong really a couple of hours work.   

The lady went back to Spain after her spell teaching at a local school here in Halifax Yorkshire,UK.

Article written by Eric Roberts…  


Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. So, we also sell tyres online from our website by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists.Needing to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Of course, we are also an official MOT testing station Consequently, we are members of Trading Standards, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship. 


MOT Test Safer Roads-The annual MOT Test make our roads a safer place to drive on.

MOT Test Safer Roads

 MOT Test Safer Roads

MOT Test Safer Roads

Some motorists may think that the ministry of transport (VOSA) are in a money making  racket. Because you have to take your car to be MOT tested every year to pass a roadworthy test. But they do not see that having those MOT tests, . Actually help prevent accidents and cut down on road deaths by keeping badly maintained vehicles off the road.

By carrying out an MOT test every year on vehicles that have been on the road for three years from their first registration, VOSA has successfully managed to lower the number of unsatisfactory cars on the road, making things safe for the rest of us.

MOT Test Safer Roads

MOT Test makes Safer Roads

So if you have had your car for at least three years then you need to find your nearest MOT test  station and have your car MOT tested. The easiest way is to book online, you can search for MOT Halifax if you need to find your nearest testing station if you live in the Calderdale area of West Yorkshire.

MOT Test Safer Roads-Any testing station?

It is possible to take it to any testing station to have it tested there.Consequently, you can be on your way home soon after you get a test completed. The only thing you need to know. Hence, is that they are a fully accredited testing station. Able to carry out a thorough and legal test. It is also important that they don’t let you get away with small mechanical faults. Of course that would affect  the road worthiness of your vehicle.

After all, this will defeat the whole purpose. Thus, of having the tests carried out in the first place. You want to make sure that your vehicle gets through the test as smooth as possible. As a result, there are many checks that need to be performed. During the MOT Test , your car has to meet the standard. So, for ,these checks. Consequently, you will be ready to go home in no time with a pass. The bodywork on your car needs to be in good condition. Therefore, no rusting or rotten holes. The fuel system, emissions tests and exhaust system. All needs to be good working order without any excessive CO2 than is required.

MOT Test Safer Roads-Your car could fly past the MOT test

Seat belts and seats must not be rotted and be able to keep you secured. Your brakes must still have enough pads left in them before the next brake check, and your tyres need enough tread to make sure you have the minimum legal requirements. . Make sure your lights and indicators are in good working order and your wipers must be in good condition to ensure they clear the windscreen when it is raining and the rubber blades are in good shape. Your steering and suspension need to be within regulation standards to make sure you are able to control the movement of the vehicle no loose worn parts. Your registration, plates and Vehicle identification need to be in good order as well. So look after your car and it should fly through the MOT Test Safer Roads.

About Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Owning a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products . Naturally,that will help my business.

MOT Test Fee-How “LOW” can “MOT TEST FEES GET” ?

MOT Test Fee

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Popular MOT Test sign seen throughout the UK

“In recent times the price of an MOT Test Fee has dropped.

Enabling garages to attract the cash strapped motorists. All sorts of deals have been advertised, even “FREE”, testing that is allowed under the DVLA MOT Rules” signs outside garages.

So, as the owner of an MOT test centre in Halifax. I am amazed at the number of garages giving away “cheap MOT tests” . Of course, the official mot test fee should be £54.85 (no vat). As stated on the web-site.

Not mandatory, this MOT Test Fee is only a recommended charge to be used by garages. So, based on the time and equipment that it should take to carry out the mot test according to VOSA the Government test agency here in the UK.

Significantly, the Government totally regulate our testing stations.

Including visits by their inspectors ? Consequently, who also make sure that we have the correct equipment and that all our paperwork is in order. Naturally, we have regular updates for testing procedures .

Such as any mechanical updates or different specifications that may have to changed during a test. Our testers are also checked by the ministry guys. Making, sure that they are carrying out the correct testing procedures. We have to provide a suitable reception and viewing room for the customers, and also use VOSA’s own computer system to register the test results and store all the other information about my garage and the cars that are entered into the system.

In other words in my opinion we are controlled by the Government !

Ensuring that the testing procedure is carried out correctly and within the law. If we stray form the correct procedures we are subject to all sorts of penalties. Which would ultimately result in the closure of your MOT station. I am not moaning about all this, to the contrary. I think that the system is a very good system and is the envy of many countries. Of course, it is not perfect but then again nothing is in the World of garages.

The average hourly rate that we charge for mechanical work in the independent garage sector. Is said to be around the £40 per hour mark ! In my opinion is a very fair price to charge. The Government maintain that because we here in the UK use the private sector to test cars. Then the MOT Test Fee is only a recommended fee and garages could charge what they want. So, the problem is that when they visit, they ask you what you charge in your garage. Subsequently, they don’t seam to like it if you discount the MOT Test Fee,(that’s the impression that I get). But surly they are the ones that think the pricing should be controlled by the private sector.

MOT Test Fee

mot test prices have dropped “big style”

In recent times the price of an MOT Test Fee has dropped. Enabling garages to attract the cash strapped motorists. All sorts of deals have been advertised. Even “FREE”, testing that is allowed under the DVLA MOT Rules. Can be  seen up and down the country. Obviously this is a move to attract the motorist into you garage ! Hoping that you may get some mechanical work from a test failure! Nothing wrong with that ! you may say.

The problem is that we have all huge investments in these mot test stations.

Meaning that the price we are getting is far lower than the investment in staff and machinery. I understand that we all have to take the good with the bad ! But I now feel that it is time that the Government stepped in. They could do two things in my opinion. They could have a minimum priced paid for a test, based on the average hourly rate, say perhaps £40, or make the £54.85 in to a mandatory MOT Test Fee to all motorists, and not just a recommendation.

It will be interesting for some feedback from other garage owners with mot test stations here in the UK. So, since this article first appeared. Computerization has made significant changes to the DVLA garage procedures. In fact testers have now to be examined t more regular intervals that previously. In my opinion this is a good thing ! 

Also, testing procedures are now adjusted more often.

Because of the regular changes to emission testing procedures emanating from the of requirements of the European Union strict emission laws. Of course to bring down the nations “carbon foot print” So, reducing the C02 emissions. Naturally, this has affected diesel cars the most.

We all know about the diesel car scandal ? Most car manufacturers were falsifying the C02 figures of their diesel models. Of course this brought a clampdown from the regulators. Significantly turning round the theory that the diesel cars were better for the climate that the petrol cars. Responding to this the EU came out with much stricter emission rules. So resulting in stricter MOT emission testing in the EU member countries.

However, I have recently learned that  VW have been selling the older diesel cars to countries like Albania, at highly discounted prices ! So much for emission standards ! There are rules for some and rules for others ! Many diesel cars can now be treated to clean the internal workings of the engine. Significantly, improving the cars chances of passing the MOT test.

We offer an engine carbon cleaning service for this purpose.

Article by Eric

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Members of Unipart Car Care centres and giving a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Significantly, we also sell tyres online from our website by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Also an official MOT testing station and are members of Trading-Standards. Lastly, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

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MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK-Also Including The Calder Valley to Elland

MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK

MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK; Many types of Mot testing sites

MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK

MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK

The Calder valley is a part of West Yorkshire in the UK. It has long traditions of farming and trading in the Woolen industry. Stretching back for centuries. The terrain is of rolling hills synonymous with its location in the south of the Yorkshire Pennines.  This July we will be honoured to host the Tour De France cycling race in the Calder valley.

It stretches from Halifax to the East to Todmorden in the West. The main road that connects the small towns on the route run along the river Calder, hence the nickname of the Calder valley. The main traditional trades were sheep farming and a thriving garage business sprung up primarily to repair farm machinery and the tractor belonging to the farmers.

Over the years, these family-owned garage businesses kept up with the times by starting to repair the emerging motor car trade, and a thriving garage business sprung up in all the small towns along the Calder valley. Old established garages such as Ports garage near Todmorden and Star garage in Hebden bridge, to name but a few.

MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK

These small wool towns became very popular with modern day tourists and soon the area became very popular for people to move here and live. The whole thing started in the 1960s when a large “hippy” movement began the build up in the Hebden Bridge area and a large population of immigrants moved to Halifax to work in the mills. All this increase in the population meant that the service industries also started to grow. This included garages and many of these garages sprung up all over the area. With the advent of the faster, cars became the DVLA MOT Rules  Testing system that we now have across the whole of the UK.

Now you could get MOT Testing in many small towns.

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mot testing in the Calder valley

Many of these garages took up the challenge and MOT Testing Halifax Yorkshire UK and testing became popular amongst many of the garage owners. MOT testing garage signs became a common site and you could leave your car for a Test in Hebden Bridge also, you could have a test carried out in Sowerby Bridge and indeed you could get your car tested in Elland. Many of these small towns were geared up with the correct equipment to carry out MOT TESTING.

About Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business.

MOT Test Advisory-Should the British MOT TEST change the Advisory Rule giving less time?

 MOT Test Advisory

Parts of the MOT Test Advisory becoming out of date.

The MOT test was first introduced in 1960, (the year that my dear wife Michelle was born). Hence, the guy who started the whole MOT test scheme was a guy by the name of Ernest Marple’s . As a result, who was the  government transport minister. Consequently, he thought the need to have cars tested. Because of the fact that cars were getting faster and Britain was going through a phase of using road transport. Thus, instead of using the railway system, (that’s another story).

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Typical British vehicle testing Station sign.

MOT Test Advisory-New motorways were being build and it was felt a need to MOT test cars on a regular basis

Of course, the first testing was for cars that were ten years old . Subsequently, and then every ten years after that. As a result, this was thought to take in the really old cars. That were on Britain’s roads at the time. Also this would cover the newer models that were been made . Hence, in the resurgence of the new car industry. Of course,that was springing up all across Europe.

Things were gradually added to the original test. In 1968 car tyres were added to the MOT Rules. Followed in 1977 by many more things . Such as windscreen wipers and exhaust systems. All adding to make cars safer on the roads. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons that I think Americans . Were against the introduction of a compulsory MOT test.

MOT Test Advisory- We have introduced changes over a great length of time .

Hence, at a gradual pace. Although we did not like it at first. Motorists have gradually got used to the idea . Thus, now we actually embrace the idea. Because we have kept up to the pace . Including the very fast increase in the development of the modern car. In fact we are now seen as a role model for other countries. However, it is now rumored that the European Union in their wisdom. Are going to change the testing times from two years down to one year the same as the UK.

The present test now includes emission testing. As a result we need to rectify on-board warning lights . Such as air bag and emissions warning lights. Once again in my opinion we are keeping up with the car manufacturers . Including, all their new safety features. As a result, the recommended cost of an MOT Test in the UK is now £54.85. Because the scheme is run by private garage testing stations. Then the price is not mandatory. At Pellon Autocentre, we charge £39.90 at the moment. Which we think is a fair price for an hours labour. Thus, the scheme is also VAT free. The test is carried out after a car is three years old, then at annual periods after that.

MOT Test Advisory-My main concern About the MOT test at the moment is a tyre update ?

MOT Test Advisory

MOT Test Advisory European Union (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although I am a great advocate in our UK system, I feel that the tyre rules in the Mot test are now becoming out of date. One of the things that our MOT testing system allows us to do is that if a part that we are testing is say on the border line, MOT Test Advisory,then the tester can pass the car and issue what we call an MOT Test Advisory notice to the cars owner, and the work should be carried out before the next test in a years time.

In my opinion I believe that this should not be allowed when tyres are concerned or perhaps steering parts. If a tyre is on the border line then the tester knows that in a few weeks time the tyre will become illegal. This will allow the car owner a years grace to replace the tyres, and in this day and age of faster motoring is not fair, to the other road users, because we know that people will try to get away with it, because they have an MOT test  pass certificate, and flaunt the tyre laws.

MOT Test Advisory

I think that if a tyre is on the border line, the MOT Test Advisory should only last one month before the tyres get changed, or we should now go for a new tread depth of 3 mm. Most tyre manufacturers stop their sipes ( small slits in the tyres to help get rid of surface water) short of 3 mm now making a car tyre bald once the tread has reached the 3 mm mark.

It would now be time to tighten the DVLA MOT Rules with a new tyre law, this will make the European roads even safer still.

Article written by Eric

Austin A35 Van-for MOT Test and Passed a beautifully Restored classic Van

13th April 2014

This Austin A35 Van; theoretically would not require an MOT test ?

 Austin A35 Van

Restored Austin A35 Van  for an MOT test

These old classic cars no longer require an MOT Test but the owners are still having one done to prove to the insurance companies the vehicle is road worthy and fit for purpose. That is the idea of the Test in the first place, some of the newer cars say four or five years old are in a terrible state and need much work to be carried out before they are road worthy again.

Why do classic cars need an MOT test?

This why in my opinion that the idea of the really old cars to be taken out of testing altogether is a completely bonkers idea. The vintage stuff will be kept up to scratch by their owners because of the monetary aspect, but what about the old Ford Cortinas and Vauxhall Vivas and Austin A35 Van that are still been used by enthusiasts, do they car enough ?I don’t know but I suppose the cars should have to prove road worthiness to be insured for the road, which will entail having to have an MOT test.

The Austin A35 Van had no real need to have an MOT test because now under the present European Union and British law cars and vans that were made before 1960 can be exempt from being tested. This is brought about because the EU very kindly said that we in GB could carry on having our own exemptions and this will be one of them. So any car or Austin A35 Van over the age of 30 year old will not have to have the test providing that they have not been modified in any detrimental way.

When I first heard this news I was a little shocked to say the least, after all the  test was introduced to make our roads safer, and it has done a great job in doing so. A friend of mine who is a classic car restorer and can re-build classic cars thinks that the idea is crazy.

The really old vintage cars are usually very well looked after and have no amount of care and money thrown at them. It is the modern classic car guys that worry me a little. I feel that they may be tempted to skimp a little on body work or the brake system, just to save on their cash. Most of these guys just have regular jobs and build these cars in their spare time, so  Austin A35 Vancorners may be cut.

Perhaps I am showing too much concern? And there is nothing stopping them having an Mot test if they require one anyway, I have heard that some insurance companies are still insisting that the classic cars should still go in for a test?

Anyway I hope you get some enjoyment looking at this old restored Austin A35 Van because I certainly did.

This is the information you should look …

“Following public consultation which Austin A35 Van

showed a good level of

support, Transport Minister Mike

Penning has announced that
from 18 November, all pre-1960
vehicles will be exempt from
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Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage trade and Pirelli Tyres Online and I am MD for online battery company I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

MOT testing Advice-Bad advice about MOT Testing from “Money Advice Websites”

Post updated  8/3/2014

MOT testing station owners must be sick of hearing this incorrect MOT testing Advice

I wonder how many garage and testing station owners have have tuned into their radios while driving about, only to hear the guy from one of those money web

MOT testing Advice

Popular MOT Test sign seen throughout the UK

sites telling the public to go to the local council MOT  station for their car testing. When I hear this it makes me sick, I often wonder why the BBC allows these people to spout out rubbish. The radio show that I hear it most on is Jeremy Vine show on radio 2 at lunchtime, and comes under “money saving tips” MOT testing Advice.

British MOT testing sign as seen outside all testing stations

The guy comes on to say that it is cheaper to take your car to the local council  testing station, because they do not repair cars and it is not in their interest to fail a car. How strange? Are they then saying that we private testing stations only fail cars for our own gains, I wonder what proof they have to substantiate this claim. When I hear this guy saying about MOT testing Advice, these things it makes me very angry, there is no form of defense he just comes out with this rubbish and no figures to back his claims, and what is worse the BBC allow him to say these things.

If the guy gets his facts right and looks at the official figures he would find out that in fact the opposite is the truth and an MOT station in private hands is indeed more likely to pass a car than fail a car and not the other way round as this guy is suggesting. This is bad MOT testing Advice and an insult to me and thousands of other testing station owners.

Mot testing figures say other wise

We are all working under the same rules as set out by VOSA, the government body that controls the MOT testing criteria and all the information is computerized and collated the ministry. If you say that by having an MOT test at a private garage “for example, my own garage” then surely you are accusing me of bending the system (or fiddling) with wrong MOT testing Advice , and unless there is proof of this then it must be some kind of slander against other garages and  centers, or at least we should have some sort of defense against the remarks made by this guy. If you own a center please look at this link and send a complaining comment, you will see that they are promoting council MOT testing stations and making unproven claims about private testing stations failing cars for gain.

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“But looking at the evidence, it simply isn’t true. In all ‘MOT compliance’ surveys carried out by VOSA, they find that more  Testers pass cars that should fail than the other

MOT testing Advice

Cars waiting for an MOT test in Halifax Yorkshire Uk

way around. For 2010/11, the last year for which accurate data has been published by VOSA, five times as many cars were found to have passed that should have failed the test than the other way around. It is a complete myth that these businesses fail cars to get more repair work”….

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Cheap Michelin car Tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.