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More MOT Pain To Come

As if things weren’t bad enough for UK motorists, yesterday saw the arrival of new MOT rules. To be fair to our own Ministry for Transport, all they are doing is implementing changes to bring us in line with the latest Euro-rules. Politicians across Europe feel they must be seen to be doing something about road safety so they are constantly thinking up new ideas, although sometimes we could wish that they might be tempered with a little bit of common sense.

Nevertheless, here we are. Manufacturers are partly to blame as cars have become increasingly complex. Sophisticated new systems and gadgets are added whether we want them or not. Many of these now fall under the new MOT rules. The downside is that many motorists could face hefty bills as more and more cars fail.

Warning lights are a case in point. There is no doubt that there are many vehicles out there with a little light twinkling away on the display. The car may well be running fine but that’s not the point. The term ‘warning light’ signifies a problem – now it means a potential failure. It could for example mean an airbag issue which may not be of immediate concern because you have no intention of having a shunt. Too bad.

The cars of today have computers and much complex technology on board. For the most part it is there for a reason, although some will argue that a lot of it is superfluous. The trouble is that the current MOT rules have been around for twenty years now and it stands to reason that they are in need of updating. Unfortunately, financially crippled drivers are hanging on to their cars for much longer. The older the car the more likely it is to have faults.

If your car has tyre pressure monitoring – compulsory on any car since January 2012 – then this will be checked. The movement of car seats back and forth will be tested to ensure compliance and if the seat has electric power then that too comes under the rules. Can you imagine the potential cost of fixing a powered seat – something that drivers have never needed?

Even if the seatbelt is actually about your person but the little light stays on – fail. Brake fluid a bit low? Fail. Car doors must open and close properly and the warning light extinguished; all the dials, catalytic converters, stability controls and so on all come under examination. You have been warned.

In some parts of Europe, testing doesn’t start until four years after first registration and some countries allow two years between tests. Our government are resisting this and will stick with the three year / twelve month rule for now. Now that is something you can blame them for.

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Take Care With Car Repairs

As cars have become more technically advanced, so they have become increasingly complicated. Whilst under warranty any faults are usually someone else’s problem but when the three year limit arrives car owners are basically on their own.

It seems that on an almost yearly basis new regulations are added to MOT examinations. A simple warning light that historically may well have been ignored is now potentially a prelude to a large bill. Once upon a time drivers would by and large make their own repairs but these days – unless you are very skilled – it is probably out of the question.

Regular servicing is key to avoiding the pitfalls of parts failure and irritating breakdowns. To avoid or extend service intervals may seem like an economy but will you can be sure cost in the long run. This is why it is important to leave the work to experts in automotive repair. These days professional garages have the necessary diagnostic equipment to seek out what ails an automobile. Wherever you live there’s sure to be a listing simply by doing a search for, say, ‘MOT Croydon’ or similar, to suit your needs.

A good independent garage will have knowledge of all the major motor brands and will probably offer rates significantly better than a main dealer. They may also be able to source guaranteed car parts at a lower price. In fact, even if your car is under three years old a garage unconnected to any specific manufacturer will be able to meet all servicing needs without affecting any future warranty claims.

The same goes for accident damage. Once the initial shock has worn off the search begins again for the right people for the job. Once again, reaching for the trusty computer it is a simple matter to search for car body repairs in Croydon or anywhere else. With the cost of car insurance the sensible driver will be looking for a very good deal on car repairs. As before, your local independent can usually sort out accident repairs, alloy wheel repairs, paintwork and most other forms of bodywork damage.

When searching, look for a website that looks as if the owners care about how they are perceived. A reputable family run business that caters for MOTs, servicing and repairs will have testimonials available coupled with all the information needed to make an informed choice.

The sad fact is that we all, at some point or another, will drop a wheel down into a pothole or slip on black ice and require the services of professional mechanics. The important thing is to choose wisely. It may cost you some money but it’s worth it for the peace of mind.

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