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Tesco free MOT & service at Halfords, don't fall for it
Tesco Car Insurance
Author Name: javid
Tesco Car Insurance
Got the free MOT & Service voucher with my Insurance through Tesco. Booked the car in and ready to go. Having worked as a mechanic many years ago and still work on minor repairs to my vehicle and over 20 yrs of driving experience, I am familiar with the techno jargen and little white lies. Heres what happened
first off they told me I defo. need synthestic oil, thats £22. streight away. I paid this , thought what the hell, it would cost me that in time and oil anyway, but the surprise I had was that, it was just an oil change NO oil filter change (very Bad). I marked so I know its the same one, they just wiped it clean.
They gave me a list of repairs 2 x A4 sheets full. Ranging from wiper blades to nackered brake discs Estimated cost £300 ish, Took the car to my regular MOT station, they found only 1 thing wrong, cost £40 for the MOT & £45. for the repair. I then asked my garage about the items Halfords had listed, their qualified opinion was: some of the items listed by Halfords were not a part of the MOT test, the rest were an exageration of any defect. There were only 2 item that fell in the category of a serious defect, that failed my mot. 1 of which I paid for and the other was a seized cylinder, which the tester fixed within 10 seconds, whilst he was doing my mot and did not charge me for it.
The mot is made up of a fixed set of rules and only in a very few instances can an MOT tester apply his knowledge and opinion and even then if the vehicle passes the tests set, the tester has to pass the vehicle. Eg: the vehicle is put on rollers to test the braking system, the rollers give a reading, and if that reading meets the requirements of the MOT test the vehicle cannot be failed, regardless if the brake discs are showing slight signs of corrosion or thinning etc.
So be aware: use a local recommended garage and if they are trustworthy and do a good job, use them regular and they will in turn look after you and not ripp you off. The MOT test is the same anywhere you go it is a Standard set of tests formulated by VOSA the government agency. by going to a flashy multi national company its not going to make you any safer or The test any better.
In these hard times most people need to be carefull with their expenses and likewise the small businesses are suffering and they need the business. Find a local trustworthy garage and use them. Try the WHICH? website , they have a section you can subscribe to where other subscriber leave their feedback on local recommended companies in your area and they also leave negative reveiws for bad companies.
As for the Tesco free MOT & Service , It confirms that there is no such thing as a free lunch
hope this helps
Summary: Be aware, find a good local garage
Summary: do not use Halfords for MOT
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