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My 21 year old grandaughter recently took her car for MOT. She had won a voucher for a free MOT at a local garage in a raffle - not the garage she normally uses and not one she would probably have considered otherwise. It failed spetacularly and they quoted her £700 for repairs - fortunately she had the sense to decline and walk away. She subsequently presented the car for MOT at another trusted garage. Result - no problems and a pass. Clearly the first garage was at fault and needs to be reported for this as they must be doing this on an ongoing basis to anyone who is prepared to fall for it. Clearly they need to be reported for this practice but we are unsure as to who is the relevent authority. I think Trading Standards may be the way to go but I would appreciate any advice on this.

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Don't be too hasty as different garages will have different policies regarding levels they pass and fail. What did they say it failed on? Do you have the failure certificate?

 

For instance, I take my 4x4 to a garage down the road from me that specialises in trucks and trailers. They're fully capable of cars and vans, but they go much more in depth than other reputable garages in my area

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Lots of garages offer free mot nowadays to lure motorists through the door and charge them hundreds and sometimes thousands for fake repairs.

I personally use a council mot centre where they only do mot, so they have no interest in saying that something is wrong as they don't do repairs.

They're very thorough and even if a problem is not a failure they'll tell you so you can sort it.

For example they pointed out a spot of rust on the undercarriage where a stone had probably chipped the seal.

Not a failure but gave me the chance to address it before it became a problem.

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I personally use a council mot centre where they only do mot, so they have no interest in saying that something is wrong as they don't do repairs.

 

Same as mine, except mines private. MOT's only and they dont refer business to anyone else. They just do the repair, issue the mot pass or failure and boot you out of the door :)

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