MOT price cutting and fee discounting

mot rates clipping

We recently received this letter from a reader of the magazine – unfortunately too late for publication in the February ’15 edition, but we will include it in the May edition as we consider it to be one of the most important issues connected with MOT Testing in the UK at the moment – price cutting and fee discounting, and…

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Stolen Vehicle Report

Stolen Vehicle Report

I thought it would be good to follow up on the vehicle security, since there has been quite a bit of news recently on car thefts, in particular a piece on Watchdog on the BBC showing how easy it is to steal vehicles especially on some of the latest models. ABS Anti Braking System Module ECU. TCM Traction Control Module…

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Diesel Particulate Filter Removal, and the MOT

Removing a cat core

Diesel particulate filters – and the MOT In late September, a Labour Peer in the House of Lords, Lord Berkeley, asked the Government what on the face of it was a simple question: “what steps they are taking to warn vehicle owners of any legal consequences resulting from the operation of vehicles from which factory-fitted diesel particulate filters have been…

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Brake Imbalance Debacle?

Brake Imbalance Debacle

As Testers know, Special Notice 3 0 2013 took effect on 26th June this year. It mandated a new way of measuring and recording brake imbalance by using either ‘lock-up’ or ‘slippage’ readings. There is, however, a problem. In practice the new method of inspection means that what’s measured is as much the level of traction between the tyre and…

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EU want MOT and repairs separated…

EU wants MOT and Repairs Separated

Last summer the EU Commission, just a year after their last load of MOT revisions issued a proposed new ‘Regulation’ about MOT Testing. Within their proposals were some good ideas –  getting cars off the roads with dangerous defects, for example. However an idea rumoured to stem from Germany, that a car should fail the MOT if it wasn’t exactly…

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MOT Training ‘Word Games’

MOT Training

Guess what currently appears to be an ‘heinous’ word in the motor trade vocabulary ********? It is a little word which often can be used to avoid a lot of “heartache”, particularly in the MOT testing environment; it is also a word that all successful businesses are based upon. OK! so you have guessed it is ‘TRAINING’. Now the second…

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Key Security Systems

Key Security Systems

Transponders have been around for some time on vehicles, in 1994 Ford Motor company started to fit transponders to Fiestas, Transits, Mondeos and other models. The system was called PATS (Passive Anti Theft System). This system used a Texas fixed code transponder which was used to inhibit starting. Ford PATS System Operation The PATS system uses a transponder which does…

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MOT Fee Discounting

Over last Saturday’s leisurely breakfast, I was reading the motoring section of the Weekend Telegraph and was intrigued by a column’s headline ‘STEERING YOU THROUGH THE TRIALS OF THE MOT’. As others before him, the writer likened the annual MOT to visiting the dentist, but did offer sound advice as to what motorists could do to help get their car…

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MOT Test Lanes, Equipment and the possibility of becoming a VTS

MOT test lanes come in various shapes and sizes, which all change according to the dimensions of the garage and the class of vehicle/s the Vehicle Testing Station (VTS) intends to test. The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) provides recommended layouts and test lane specifications for all classes of vehicle, in a document entitled “requirements for authorisation”, which can…

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Repair vs remanufacture – what’s the difference?

Do you know the distinction between a repaired part and a remanufactured part? Is reconditioned any better than refurbished? At every level throughout the aftermarket there seems to be confusion about the options available when it comes to replacement parts, partly because there are so many different words used to describe them that it’s hard to judge which will deliver…

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Born-again bikers

Born Again Bikers

About 15 years ago the police identified an increasing risk on the roads from affluent middle-aged men attempting to recapture their lost youth by riding powerful motorbikes. I was one of these 40 year old bikers, although I’d strongly dispute being affluent! The traffic police nicknamed us returning bikers as “Bambis” – born-again middle-aged bikers and this inspired ACPO to…

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“No profit” in the MOT

As we reported when the formal consultation for exempting classic vehicles from MOT Testing was published, the Government claims there’s ‘no profit element’ in the MOT Test. That statement was challenged by the MOT Trade Forum in their formal response to the DfT’s consultation document on classic car MOT exemption. The Government remains of the view that the cost of…

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A ‘service’ and an MOT – is there a difference?

Theoretically vehicle servicing should ensure the vehicle is maintained in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations. But it’s not that simple, the definition of a ‘service’ varies from one manufacturer to another, and when vehicles fall out of warranty and become serviced in the independent sector, what comprises ‘a service’ becomes very uncertain indeed. It’s then largely dependent on what individual…

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Greg Chambers

Greg Chambers

Greg Chambers Greg Chambers is 45 years old and married with two children. He has been in the Automotive sector since leaving school, when he joined Lucas Automotive as an apprentice. Following his apprenticeship he joined Lucas Engine Management Systems as an electronics engineer, and subsequently moved to Lucas Aftermarket as a Test Equipment development Project Manager. In 1995 he…

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Chris Paxman

Chris Paxman Managing Director, TT Automotive With over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, Chris Paxman has worked at virtually every level of the aftermarket distribution chain, in companies ranging from small specialists to Global OE manufacturers and National Factor chains. TT Automotive is the UK’s largest independent diesel specialist, fully endorsed by Delphi, Denso, Stanadyne, VDO and…

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