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post #1 of 7 Old 06-16-2012, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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MOT's why do they do that?!

I looked at my MOT history today. I had it MOT'd a few days ago and it passed which is good.

When I checked the history I noticed that they failed it because a side light had failed. They then re-tested the car after they replaced the bulb.

What I don't get is why they didn't just change the blub when they noticed it had broken. Whay do they fail it, fix it and re-test it?

Seems a waste of time to me and it cost me no extra.

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-16-2012, 01:31 PM
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I had an Mot recently and the only thing that failed was a small registration plate light on my previous Focus. They just fixed the bulb and gave it a pass certificate. They would not go through ALL the test again surely?

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-17-2012, 09:17 AM
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The answer is simple, If you run an MOT test station and get your pass rates above the average for the area you are likely to get a visit from the "Mystery Shopper" who will check you out secretly. So if you fail the car on a bulb and replace then you pass it you keep your fail rate up with no cost to your business (they do not have to repeat the whole test) or the customer. Everybody will be happy. If VOSA suspect the integrity of a test station they will stop and check the cars leaving. If they find cars that have been passed either dishonestly or because they have not been tested correctly they can revoke the MOT license. The main thing is that you have passed!!

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Ahhh, I see. It just seemed like a waste of time to me. I'm just chuffed it passed, i thought it might fail on emmisions but it was bang in the middle of the spec.

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I had an Mot recently and the only thing that failed was a small registration plate light on my previous Focus. They just fixed the bulb and gave it a pass certificate. They would not go through ALL the test again surely?
You might like to have a look through this

MOT Inspection Manual Jan 2012.pdf




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No wonder the MOT takes so long. All the items covered in that pdf are so many I need to make a cuppa and take my time. So it's obvious they just replace and pass because of time otherwise the MOT would take hours if done according to that manual.

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No wonder the MOT takes so long. All the items covered in that pdf are so many I need to make a cuppa and take my time. So it's obvious they just replace and pass because of time otherwise the MOT would take hours if done according to that manual.
About 40 - 45 minutes ought to cover an technician who knows what they are doing. As the booking sytem and certificate issue is all now linked to VOSA by internet they'd know of "short" inspections by when the certs were issued and then check




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