I am lucky on this issue, MOT station about 3mins walk from my house. I can drive in any time with no booking and they will "fit it in" normally less than an hour then they bring it back,put it on my driveway and give me the certificate and my keys. I can go and pay them in the next few days. Anything wrong and they will phone me before issuing a failure cert and I can go and discuss it with them, if it is something like a gaitor or ball joint or anything else not clearly visible they will put it up on the lift while I walk over so that they can show me. If I want to take it away while they get the parts then I can do and they will phone me (normally same or next day)when they have them No payment made at this stage.Excellent service to my mind.
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