How to Pick a Great MOT Test Centre in Mansfield?

As with all things car industry related, there will be hundreds of people out there more than happy to share their MOT centre horror stories and try and prevent you suffering the same problems as they did. Sadly there are always bad garages out there that care more about the money than they do about the customer and will charge over the odds and convince you that you have hundreds of pounds worth of problems with your car, and hope that because you are not in a position to know any better you will just go along with it and pay up.

So how do you make sure that next time you car is due a MOT you are not the next horror story? It can be avoided if you follow these tips of how to pick a great MOT test centre. First of all, MOT centres are regulated and should be displaying the three blue triangle logo to confirm this. Secondly, the MOT is a fixed fee. It is not for the garage to decide how much it charges for the MOT. Their invoice should show a clear break down of their charges, and the MOT fee schedule should be displayed on their wall so you can check for yourself (it does vary on the size and type of vehicle, but the sheet provided to the garage is very easy to read and understand).

Any costs above and beyond the MOT fee should either be agreed in advance or the garage should halt work and they should contact you for your consent before they proceed. Minor issues that can be put right, provided they meet the guidelines, will qualify for a retest at no further charge. More major issues will come under a full retest and you will have to pay the whole fee again.

One good idea is to talk to friends and family and get a few opinions about where they take their vehicle for MOT and whether they feel they are treated well by their MOT centre. Word of mouth is still very powerful in the motor industry and a great MOT test centre will be worth its weight in gold, so take advice from others that may have some experience and knowledge.

Feel free to pop into a garage and have a look around. There are guidelines widely available to see on the Internet for example, that show you what you should be looking for at MOT centres. These are the criteria a garage will have to have met to be awarded its MOT test centre status, and there is a lot on there that can be checked by a visual inspection when you pop in. A good MOT centre will not make you feel pressured or hurried but will take the time to talk through the work that needs to be done, reasons why the test was failed, and what they need to do to put it right for you. There is also a comprehensive appeals process to protect you, but check in advance as you must follow certain rules to be entitled to appeal. For example, if you have failed the MOT then you must not fix the car before you appeal – it needs to remain in the state it was in at the time.

For more information or to make an appointment, call us 01623 422111 and email us [email protected] or visit our website www.mot-mansfield.co.uk.