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OH bought a car (VW Golf 2007) 3 weeks ago.

 

MOT'd until Dec 2016

 

3 month warranty

 

Yesterday 'Front brake pads' warning light came on.

 

So I checked previous MOT's (previous owner).

 

2014 - Advisory note details attached states brakes 50% worn.

 

2015 - No details at all on Advisory note this time. Same garage as above MOT but not dealer.

 

Now can I contact the garage for any advisory details ? Or to find out if they were replaced ?

 

Thanks for looking.

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You can get full MoT history including advisories here https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history-vehicle.

 

Can you confirm the mot'd until date. The most mot you can have is 13 months ?

 

Cheers Conniff

 

I just looked up details and no advisory details ?

 

sorry MOT'd until 29 Nov 2015

 

Should have said

 

MOT Nov 2013 - Advisory re front brake pads - failed due to tyre tread and eventually replaced and passed.

 

MOT Nov 2014 - Passed with no advisory ?

 

If need be should I contact the garage where the car was purchased and mention the issue. I know it will probably be not covered under warranty but what about SOGA ?

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brake pads are a wear and tear par tand wont be coverd so just get them replaced will only cost about 50 pounds

 

OK zumbanikki cheers

 

£50 for VW Golf - Quote from Garage re 2013 MOT £188.11 inc VAT ? :sad:

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Replacing all of my brakes myself for £45. Mintex are quality and cheap.

 

Thank-you all for your replies.

 

I will make some enquiries regarding pricing of pads and perhaps attempt to replace myself :shock:

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Don't get pads off ebay, there is a chance they could be counterfeit and dangerous, which is why I mentioned Unipart. Mintex are a good choice.

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I got my mintex one's off ebay. All sealed proper packaging. You're as likely to get fake ones on ebay than anywhere else. Never ever had a problem with fake items on ebay after 700+ items.

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Thank-you all for your advice.

 

I will look up my local unipart store.

 

You may want to try a different motor factors such as Euro Car Parts, Unipart went out of business last year.

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I made a similar remark in a post in the bear garden and was called a racist. :)

 

No, you said this, which isn't the same:

 

The Chinese lie, cheat and sell the world dangerous junk. Let it happen.

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office ~ Aesop

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Heck, even China are counterfeiting entire cars now.

 

And that says China so must be refering to the whole country.

 

No, you said this, which isn't the same:

 

I know it's not the same, that's why I said "a 'similar' remark"

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