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Just coming up for my first MOT with my 33 and started thinking about where to get it done. Having heard all the stories about dodgy MOT stations driving, revving or just being arseholes to our motors i thougt it might be an idea to get a list of friendly garages with good service for various parts of the UK.

So if you've had a good MOT, you're a tester yourself or you know a place that might ignore the odd indiscretion then post the details and hopefully i can get a list made up for the whole UK.

In the meantime, fingers crossed for the test at my local garage!
 

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i am a freindly mot tester but as the above post says i wouldnt want my details on apublic forum where the man from vosa could see them!!
The ministry rules are there in black and white and although i dont agree with all of the test criterea if we bend the rules too far there is a chance that we could lose our licence and our jobs!
We had a customer with a modifyed civic turn up with blue side lights and a tiny number plate so after the test i changed the side light bulbs and taped his legal number plate over his illegal one and issued a pass certificate. the day after he gets pulled over by vosa doing roadside emmisions testing. It passed on emmisions but they noticed that it had blue side lights and a tiny front number plate. the bloke told them that it went through the mot like it!
The car turns up at our station with the owner and Mr Vosa and he asks to see my check sheet and the back copy of the certificate i had issued and then asked why i had not failed the car . Fortunately after the customer had left i decided to cover my back and had issued a failure as well which i then produced for Mr Vosa and explained we had changed the bulbs and the plate after failing it and before issuing a pass.
He is no longer a customer and we now make sure we always cover our backs!
 

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Missing His R33 :(
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chico_king said:
i am a freindly mot tester but as the above post says i wouldnt want my details on apublic forum where the man from vosa could see them!!
i dont mean friendly=illegal, i mean friendly=non piss taking spanner monkey.

if your emissions are through the roof and your brakes wouldnt stop you at a crawl, then thats a fail and rightly so.
But i know a local garage that had a tester who saw every item that was starting to show wear as perished, resulting in an MOT fail and a labour charge for repairs!
He has since been fired and yes you can get someone reported and investigated etc for doing this, but if you dont know better then youre in trouble.

In an ideal world things like this wouldnt happen, testers wouldnt rev the engine to the redline for fun, and they wouldnt drive the car on the road to "test the brakes". But sadly its not an ideal world and as this forum will show these things DO happen.
I've even been fobbed off with an excuse about the rollers in order to try and keep my car there overnight!!! Like that was gonna happen!!!!

I just thought a list of standup garages with friendly knowledgable staff ( i've seen some right norberts before ("dur, a dump valve? what's that do then!!")) would be a nice little inclusion to the forums.
 

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i'm a friendly mot tester, i'll speak to anyone! but seriously, if a car is a fail it's a fail. if it's a pass it's a pass! simple as, we try to help all our customers and treat everyone of them the same! the garage trade in general has a bad name so theres no point in making it worse!:shakehead: besides if someone mis treated my baby i'd beat the f#*ker up, so i'd expect the same in return if i done it to someone else!:cheers:
 

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Interesting...My Local MOT test center are quite good - they are used to seeing my Skylines and Scoobies and although they are a bit OTT and fail cars on silly things that some garages would not consider a failure point, they don't take the piss and don't take the car on test drives or do anything silly with them. I prefer a strict MOT tester who is happy to point out exactally what needs doing to one that will just pass the car to get it out of the way.

I do know what you mean tho' as some garage staff do seem to like taking modded motors on test drives. A few years ago I was out in my other car whilst one was being MOT'd - only to get overtaken by my own car!! Needless to say - that MOT station no longer gets my business!
 

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I need to find a friendly mot'er in Berkshire, not because my car is only going to scrape through the test but because its very low and i'm concerned of having it damaged getting on the ramps.

i dont want any probs re the de-cat either
 
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