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Co-operation is key, first hand experience

Co-operation is key, first hand experience

Blogs, MOT
Last week I ran into a problem. My car failed its MOT on a rather big issue - it didn't have a catalytic converter fitted. I know straight away what you're thinking, and yes I did check - turns out what looked like the cat was just a fake box around a de-cat pipe, and the previous owner failed to mention this fact. Anyway, as we all know, that's illegal and not the kind of thing I like, plus needing an MOT, I had to think money. However, the garage I went to, which I've been to a lot since I moved to my area, only deals with OE exhaust parts, as they don't have the equipment to customise. No worries, I worked with them, they suggested I see about buying a third-party cat and they would fit. They even found a part number for me. It turned up, I went down there, thinking 'great, jo...
First MOT to remain at three years

First MOT to remain at three years

MOT, News
The UK Government has decided against changing the first MOT date of new vehicles to four years after sale, following the outcome of a public consultation. Announced in the Budget of 2015, the move would have seen the current first MOT date of three years after registration pushed back by a further year. The announcement caused consternation within the aftermarket, with motoring bodies the RMI, GEA and IAAF amongst others reforming the Automotive Aftermarket Liaison Group (AALG) and launching the proMOTe campaign. The government has now published its response, in which it states that following comments from the sector and public, it will be abandoning its plans and instead keep the status quo. According to the document, a clear majority of responses favoured no change from the...
DVSA publishes new MOT manual

DVSA publishes new MOT manual

MOT, News
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will introduce a new MOT inspection manual to back-up changes in the test to be introduced in May 2018. The new draft manual covers class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles and must be used by garages from 20 May 2018. A new manual for class 1 and 2 vehicles is currently being put together by the agency but is not yet ready for release. The new manual highlights a number of changes that garages need to be aware of. New defect categorisations include dangerous, major and minor defects, the latter of which must be identified and recorded, with the vehicle owner being advised to repair. The exact method of inspection will only be recorded where there’s a specific need, for example, brake performance testing or emissions. The DVSA advises test