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When it comes to your MOT, don’t get ripped off

August 19th, 2015

When MOT time comes around it can bring with it a sense of impending doom. It’s so easy to get ripped off when you take your car into a garage and, if your vehicle fails its MOT, you could find yourself faced with a hefty bill.

Of course, if it’s failed on legitimate grounds then it’s important to make sure it’s in top-notch condition – after all, you want to stay safe on the roads. Sadly, however, there are plenty of untrustworthy garages around, where your car’s MOT might be failed for very little reason at all.

Some mechanics know that the repairs you need after a failed MOT test aren’t something you can delay, so they’ll exaggerate the issues with your car, van or motorbike in order to encourage you to get the repairs done at their garage. They can even bump up the price of repairs just because they know you’re a captive audience.

To avoid being ripped off, try to go to a garage you can trust – ideally, one you’ve used before and where you know the mechanics. Often the bigger chains will offer cheaper tests, but repairs, if you need them, will be far more expensive.

You should try to get your car serviced every six months or so if it’s more than 10 years old. By keeping it in good nick in the first place, you can avoid failing your MOT and the costs which that entails.

We offer Class 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 MOTs, auto diagnostics, services, warranty repairs and more, for vehicles of all shapes, sizes and ages and our professional mechanics will aim to keep costs low and downtime to a minimum for you. Ring us today to see how we can help you!


MOT at M4

M4 Van Centre, M4 Minibus Centre part of the Tom Gallagher Group Ltd.

Registered in England and Wales, registered number: 04279824 | VAT number: 758 2924 92

Registered Office: M4 Service & MOT Centre, Westmead Industrial Estate, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 7YT.

We are Regulated and Authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority. Ref no: 665278

We are a Credit broker not a Lender.

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