That Important Piece of Paper!

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    Did you guess,,,? MOT related.

    With all the Covid issues this year, I didn't get my MOT in July, as normal years. Got the extension to next January.

    Been debating (in my head) would I get it done now, before winter and possibly more restrictions again. Or go to Grassicks and get the cameras sorted at the same time, or just get an MOT locally, leave the cameras for another time.

    Decided on Tuesday to go for the local test and hopefully save all the hassle of possibly two trips to Perth, (I'd expect that with the surround camera fault), waiting around with all the Covid measures.

    Got an appointment for 11:30am this morning.... local 'test only' centre, 12:15pm, driving away with the 'certificate'.:driving: :woohoo:

    Now I can relax... why is it like a visit to the dentist?. @.@

    Peter
     
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    @Peter ,always a good feeling. (y) Not that I'd have expected anything else, being your car. :) I'd lay money there were no advisories either. :salut: :hehe:
     
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    Definitely a good feeling when driving away. No advisories John. (y) To me, all was in good order and I wasn't aware of anything feeling "a bit off".

    Mileage has been very low over the period. Only 6,277 miles between MOTs, July 19 and Oct 20.

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    Great news. A new ticket is always a happy day.
     
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    Always nice to get that yearly bit of paper mate

    I have the same MOT holiday and mine goes in on my birthday next month.

    I'll only let the BMW dealer touch it though as I simply won't trust the local herberts near me in the local garage or halfrauds etc to have the keys to it :redcard:

    They really hate me though as I stand glaring at them as they drive the car in to the service bay :hehe:
     
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    Happy days, got both ours done this week too.

    The garages are mad busy with the extensions and them all booking in together.

    How much is an MOT at BMW? Last time we went there it was £50 and that was many moons ago!

    Nowadays, we go to a local independent place.


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    Same here, was told many are trying to get the extended MOT fitted in before the winter. The fact I only rang up on Tuesday and got an appointment today, seems I filled an odd space.

    I tried our local National Tyres, were offering a £35 MOT. I'd have had to go to Inverness or Oban, as they are without a tester at the moment, and pass their customers on to the place I went to directly. I paid £50 slightly less than the Government maximum of £54.85

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    That Important Piece of Paper!

    it is always nice to get a pass and no advisories is always a great bonus (y)(y)

    but sadly that important piece of paper looks very underwhelming at the moment. it looks like something that anybody could produce on a thirty bob printer

    l remember the day when the MOT certificate looked like it meant something. even if you could buy a knocked off one from a guy in the pub for the cost of a couple of beers :rofll::rofll:but it looked the part
     
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    I was told that that extension only lasted till the end of October whenever your mot ran out and not 6 months added to it if it ran out in say August.
    That is why the mot centres are so packed out.
    Will check it out in the garage this morning but i am certain that is it.
     
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    Your MOT will be automatically extended for 6 months because of coronavirus.

    they did move the goal posts on cars that would be given a six month extension from the 30th of September back to the first of august
     
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    There was some misunderstanding that went around when they changed the status.

    Gov UK site has always been clear, as mach one has indicated. I checked mine to make sure, back when the changes were made to stopping the extension. Mine still showed January 2021 as previously extended. I've simply got mine done early, before full winter and possible added lockdowns again. If anything had been wrong, time to sort it without panic.

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    Yep my local garage that we used for MOT's is inundated. Did the Fiesta and 328i back to back in September. Although the 328i is now off the road for the winter and could have waited until 2021 for it's MOT I didn't want there to be a missing year in the history.

    They say they are dreading next April to July as the only cars they will get in are those that were new 3 years beforehand.
     
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    Ah, the "when I was young" :) I suppose we could scan our cheapo A4 print off, add some arty effects and reprint on quality paper. :D

    At least we can now go to the Gov site and see the current status, MOT history details, etc. (y)

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    The regular price and around £20 in fuel as it is around a 70 mile round trip.

    But if they find anything other than tyres which are fine anyway then they can just fix it for the pass. Should be fine as the car is perfect anyway but I am really a bit OTT about who has the keys and that is why the dealer gets it and they know how fussy I am lol
     
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    book online and it is £39.95 at the dealer that l use
     
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    Well done Peter - it's a good feeling as there is always a niggle at the back of one's mind that there may be something amiss that one is unaware of.

    I'm booked in for an MOT in a couple of weeks time at my main BMW dealership.

    Rang up a couple of days ago and got the date and time of my choice - a month and a day before the last one runs out.

    I know the local indie has a huge backlog and he charges the set Gov maximum.

    I stick with the BMW dealer as if there is anything that needs done, it's almost certainly going to be fixed by BMW due to the extended / insured warranty which includes 'wear and tear' and /or as last year the £1000 worth headlight replacement. :eek:

    As far as the A4 sheet of paper is concerned it's just a psychological thing these days to keep us old-school guys happy.

    The real test info is whatever is on the Gov.uk database - and as we all know the gov data bases NEVER make mistakes.

    Speaking of mistakes - if you spot an error on the printout AFAIK there is only a 28 day window to get it corrected easily.

    the most common mistake is mileage being incorrectly recorded and after 28 days there is huge faff around procedure to change anything - e-mails, receipts, photographs etc.

    https://www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot/correcting-mot-certificate-mistakes

    My mileage was recorded wrongly last year but I didn't spot it at the time.

    I don't care as it'll fix itself this year.

    I would have worried about it only if I had been planning to sell the car soon.

    I have all paperwork to prove that the mileage showing now is the correct figure.
     
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    My last MOT failed :ranting: air freshener & Dash Cam :banghead::banghead: in the window.
    Oh and not quite complying number plate:-D it's a farce though I just cable tied the erm legally conforming number plate over the others HEY Presto a pass!!
     
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    Hmm, did you chicken out too early though?

    Mine is due in June, so went into overdrive last week as I have a DSC light for company these days (MOT fail over here apparently) thinking mine would be due in November. Looked up gov website to check when the temporary one expired ... June 2021 :woohoo:

    The other two household chariots are due in the new year, with the six month extension. Still showing only the six month extension :ranting:

    It’s always nice to drive out with the new cert ... but a visit to the dentist for an extraction knowing how the last one went is more how I feel :ohyes:

    Congratulations Peter

    ps I’m in NI so regs etc may be somewhat different
     
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    Not really, was a deliberate move to get ahead of winter and what might happen with COVID 19. (As mentioned in a previous post). I'm more relaxed with it done and dusted. Feel more in control of where we may be heading. My wife is in the shielding group, so influences many current decisions.

    Plus my service regime, MOT and warranty period has been in July. If I still have the car next July, will probably realign the MOT back to July anyway, to get any possible warranty work all done together.

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    @Peter
    Sorry was a lame attempt at humour and really only pertinent to myself.

    This pandemic certainly has put the cat amongst the pigeons and focuses ones mind on risk etc. Certainly has for us anyway. The industry I’ve been in for 40ish years is in turmoil, just as well I’m on the way out of it really (not voluntarily unfortunately). Keep the faith
     
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