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Kwikfit MOT's - ok or avoid?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Guv, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. Guv


    Joined: Oct 24, 2002

    Posts: 3,259

    Location: Warwickshire

    Kwik fit have an offer on MOT's - £35 when booked online.

    Any reasons why I shouldn't take my car to them?
    It's the most convenient place for me to get an MOT done and cheaper than most.
    Car is a 2001 BMW 330ci.
  2. MarkDavis


    Joined: Apr 16, 2007

    Posts: 2,886

    Location: Timbuktu

    MOT is MOT.

    Set statutory criteria and all that - its not going to change from one MOT station to another.
  3. Lopéz

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 25,782

    Location: LE9

    In theory, yes. In practice, no.
  4. billysielu


    Joined: Aug 9, 2009

    Posts: 8,021

    Location: Oxfordshire

    Whilst an MOT is an MOT, you want to have it done at the same place you'll use to do any required work on the vehicle. Otherwise you'll have to pay for a re-test.

    I wouldn't let Kwik Fit anywhere near my car, they're not very well trained and they're usually unprofessional and inexperienced.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2010
  5. sigma


    Joined: Nov 13, 2006

    Posts: 14,641

  6. Akira

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 1,310

    Avoid. You can't get ficker than a kwik fit fitter.
  7. MarkDavis


    Joined: Apr 16, 2007

    Posts: 2,886

    Location: Timbuktu

    I agree that Kwik Fit wouldn't be the first choice, but what exactly is going to go wrong?

    They're just going to be checking stuff not rebuilding the engine or fixing stuff.

    MOT is a very basic test. Windscreen wipers work, steering wheel turns, wheels turn, indicators work, horn works, brakes legal, tyres legal etc.

    If your car's in reasonable nick, I don't think there's anything to worry about.
  8. Lopéz

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 25,782

    Location: LE9

    You should not post about things you don't understand - the MOT test covers a whole lot more than that!
  9. MarkDavis


    Joined: Apr 16, 2007

    Posts: 2,886

    Location: Timbuktu

    Doesn't look that complicated!

    What the MOT test includes

    The body and vehicle structure

    Is free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas and there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury.

    The fuel System

    Has no leaks and the fuel cap fastens and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened so be sure the key is available.

    The exhaust emissions

    The vehicle meets the requirements for exhaust emissions, dependant on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.

    The exhaust system

    Is secure, complete, without serious leaks and silences effectively.

    The seat belts

    All belts installed are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seat belts must be in place.

    The seats

    The front seats are secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position.

    Components to be inspected

    The doors

    Latch securely in closed position. Front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items.

    The mirrors

    The minimum numbers are on the vehicle, their condition and security.

    Load security

    Boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.

    The brakes

    Their condition, operation and performance (efficiency test). Note the removal of the road wheels is not part of the test.

    The tyres and wheels

    Their condition, security, size, type and tread depth. Spare tyres are not inspected.

    The registration plates

    Their condition, security, characters correctly formed and spaced.

    The lights

    Their condition, operation and security. Headlamps for aim.

    The bonnet

    Securely latches in the closed position.

    The wipers and washers

    Operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.

    The windscreen

    Its condition and the driver’s view of the road.

    The horn

    Operates correctly and is of a suitable type.

    The steering and suspension

    Are of a satisfactory condition and operation.

    The vehicle identification number (VIN)

    Is on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. Not more than one different VIN is displayed except on multistage build vehicles.
  10. Hades


    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 18,397

    Location: Surrey and London

    With my Golf I just get it done at the local VAG dealer. It's the same price as anywhere else (although not quite as cheap as that Quick Fit offer obviously) and they not only collect it and return it for me, they also wash it... all for no extra cost. Do BMW do a similar service?
  11. Will


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 4,393

    Location: Wolverhampton

    As Lopez alludes to, the problem comes when you get a tester who is less than 100% honest, and can choose to fail your car and suggest remedial work which is un-necessary - for example telling you your brake pads and discs need replacing, when theres actually nothing wrong with them.

    Such tactics are far from unusual - for a garage such tactics can generate a useful amount of extra work (hence income) from the typical motorist who sadly doesn't know any better than whatever his mechanic will tell him. Failing a car deliberately on what would, at an honest garage, be an advisory notice at best, and telling the owner its dangerous and illegal to drive unless he gets his wallet out is sadly not unusual...

    You would hope that a big company such as Kwit Fit would be above this, but alas like any franchise its only as good/bad as the staff at any particular branch.
  12. daveydave


    Joined: May 1, 2006

    Posts: 2,601

    Location: UK

    +1; in summary get a garage you can trust to do the work.
  13. Third Opinion


    Joined: Jun 3, 2005

    Posts: 5,369

    Location: West Sussex

    I bet they claim you need a new exhaust or atleast an adviser, new tyres and they love condemming brakes.
  14. Bug One


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 9,180

    Location: Sandwich, Kent

    Either your brakes, exhaust or tyres will need replacing. Guaranteed.
  15. Glaucus

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Mar 11, 2004

    Posts: 75,033


    You can take it anywhere you want for repairs then just take it back for the retest.
  16. snowdog


    Joined: Oct 27, 2005

    Posts: 13,441

    Location: Netherlands

    No I don't, I want to have my car fixed in front of my house by myself or F&F, I don't do an MOT there.

    Most things it would fail MOT on would be an absolute waste of money to bring it to a garage/dealer/3rd party.

    You want to go to a garage for changing your bulbs, brake pads, wipers, etcetc :confused: ?
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2010
  17. markweatherill


    Joined: Jun 16, 2009

    Posts: 2,567

    Location: Bucks

    On some items it's a free retest, on others it isn't. It used to say so on the back of the 'fail sheet' what is and isn't included, don't know if it still does.
  18. OllyM


    Joined: Aug 16, 2004

    Posts: 6,102

    Location: New Jersey, USA

    My sister got her Golf MOT'd at Kwik Fit using this offer and it passed with no advisories.
  19. Felix


    Joined: Jan 25, 2003

    Posts: 2,518

    Take it to a council MOT test centre. They don't have garages and are therefore unlikely fail your car unless it really has a failure.
  20. izzy eckerslike

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 16, 2007

    Posts: 1,728

    Location: Worcestershire

    like my son who took his car to Halfords Redditch for an MOT & it failed on 17 points, took it to the one I use & it failed on just 2 minor points

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