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Anyone else found that some garages will put down advisories which some others probably wouldn't?

Took a car for mot today which had no advisories for the last 3 years and hardly done any miles since the last mot .it passed first time but with a list of new advisories and the garage tried to sell me 800 quid of very overpriced repair work .maybe all to do with covid and them needing the work but also messed me about and claimed I turned up early so ended up waiting longer .I was planning on selling it with the fresh mot but I reckon most people wouldn’t buy a vehicle with an oil leak on the recent history .

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Took landy 90 to different mot garage last year came out with list as long as your arm, oil leak near every seal, split in tyres track rod end play. 

Took it the other day to garage I have always used in the past and guess what no track rod end play and same one as before and no split tyres. 

They should look at advisories to see history, the other day mot examiner did say last year's tester must of had a bad day. 

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I think that advisories should be exactly that: verbal or written advisories that are not on the MOT certificate. I stopped using one garage because the inspector was advisory mad. 

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They quoted 455£ to replace front track rods which wouldn’t cost anything like that .i suspect there is nothing wrong with it 

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If you talk to any good garage they are ran off there feet with the 6 month extension on mot's earlier in the year with the extra work need on some cars/vans. 

Best tell that garage were to go or just ask them outright were they get prices from  

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Definitely. MoT in theory is the same everywhere but in practice is not, always has been and none of the new systems change that really.

Worst I've had was a big dealer type garage, always seemed to find something. This was a shame as very handy to my house.

On the other hand I got an MoT once in a backstreet garage on a Dolomite I bought for £70, driving away one of the indicators didn't work and the rear axle bushes were so shot you could feel the back of the car turn when you left off the accelerator. I didn't go back there either, just sorted the car out.

Comes down to finding a garage you trust and stick with it. Near us a family run garage I reckon are pretty fair, and take the LR to an independent LR specialist.

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15 hours ago, Jack.P said:

Anyone else found that some garages will put down advisories which some others probably wouldn't?

Took a car for mot today which had no advisories for the last 3 years and hardly done any miles since the last mot .it passed first time but with a list of new advisories and the garage tried to sell me 800 quid of very overpriced repair work .maybe all to do with covid and them needing the work but also messed me about and claimed I turned up early so ended up waiting longer .I was planning on selling it with the fresh mot but I reckon most people wouldn’t buy a vehicle with an oil leak on the recent history .

If the advisories aren't anything that cause an MOT fail (they don't by definition of course) why worry if the vehicle passed? They advise.  My wife's car had an advisory last week of a chipped windscreen.  Now that's not a fail in itself but the 'advice' to sort it is good advice.

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If you want to keep a vehicles MOT history clean and cant be arsed to check the basics yourself before taking it in take it in beforehand for a pre MOT. Sort through that list or get them to do the work and it will go straight through. Worth it for the sake of £30.

 

Bob

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Love advisories on my Series II, keep them for hilarity purposes . Half stuff is irrelevant to the actual test, so I presume they are there to make Tester look diligent . Best one was ' Transmission oil leak '    :D    which had not been noted on 4 previous tests , then saw he had underlined the ' Make' on the test form and winked  at me ;)  K

 

( Usually on other cars I have taken in - given it a bloody thorough pressure wash underneath- changed wipers , checked all lights and it sails through ) 

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