Took my wife's Ford Ka for its MoT last week. A local garage was offering MoTs for £29. The car is an 08 plate with 28,000 miles on the clock and I gave it a quick once-over before taking it in, so I thought it should have been OK. However, I got a phone call to say the car would fail on the front suspension and rear axel bushes: cost £330 to repair. I told them to leave it alone and I would pick the car up and think about whether it was worth laying out that sort of cash. When I picked the car up I didn't get a failure notice and no bill. Funny, I thought, and next day took the car to a garage I had used before with no problems but £40 for MoT. You guessed it: passed with flying colours and I was assured there was no wear on either front suspension or rear bushes! The following day, believe it or not, the owner of the first garage phones me up to say that, if I wanted to sell the car as it was, he was prepared to buy it for a modest sum because he was looking for a cheap run-about for his daughter! I won't relate my response! Moral: beware cheap MoTs and the garages offering them.