If your car fails the test and its something like brakes, steering and you take it away to do the work yourself then you have to pay for a re-test. I was speaking to the garage owner, where mine is about to be tested and he had a Metro in 4 times before it passed. Its all on computer now so it looks like they will know if you skip the MOT, either deliberately or just forget, like i did once.....for 6 months...ooops.
As Gandalf says, support your local garage owner who is prepared to check your car first, before putting it on the ramp for an official test. most of the "fast/quick service" garages are there simply to make money.
Just had my car MOTd. Now got one of the new digital MOT certificates. This means I can now re tax my car online. Not a lot of good though as it takes 5 to 10 days to get the tax disk posted to me. I can go to my local post office and get the tax disk immediately. So where is the advantage?
Might be good if I could buy online and download a tax disk which is valid.
Still think we should be like France. They don't have car tax anymore.
Or stick the tax on to the price you pay for petrol. If your car is moving on the road then the car tax is paid. No one can get away with that, can they?
For example I rebuild and restore old Land Rovers and I took in a fully restored 1966 series Land Rover for it's test. It failed for having no pedal rubbers on brake and clutch, I explained to the tester that pedal rubbers were not supplied with or made for Land Rovers of that vintage but his attiitude was *rules is rules* so get some!!!
In the end I made an official complaint and much to my surprise the tester was instructed to pass the vehicle, he was'nt very happy about it and I won't be using that testing station again but it just shows how you can get caught out.