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Hi , my son drives an Audi A3 1.4 petrol and my car is a C207E400.

Both cars were registered in October 2015 and have very similar mileages of 40,000 miles.

Both cars are serviced annually , the Audi at a normal garage and my car is serviced by a Mercedes Benz dealer.

Both cars are MOT at a different garage that services them and both have a 100% pass record.

However , the Audi has a perfect record with no advisories but my Mercedes has only passed 2 tests with no advisories.

What gets up my goat that the Mercedes was MOT on one day and serviced the following day and two advisories were not picked up by the Mercedes dealer.

The two advisories were slight , rear shock absorber had a very slight misting and parking brake operation but should have been picked up.

I must now humble pie in that I feel when my Mercedes warranty runs out I will consider taking my car to a good Mercedes specialist for service work.

I live in the West Midlands and am fortunate that we have a few well respected garages in the area.
 
Hi , my son drives an Audi A3 1.4 petrol and my car is a C207E400.

Both cars were registered in October 2015 and have very similar mileages of 40,000 miles.

Both cars are serviced annually , the Audi at a normal garage and my car is serviced by a Mercedes Benz dealer.

Both cars are MOT at a different garage that services them and both have a 100% pass record.

However , the Audi has a perfect record with no advisories but my Mercedes has only passed 2 tests with no advisories.

What gets up my goat that the Mercedes was MOT on one day and serviced the following day and two advisories were not picked up by the Mercedes dealer.

The two advisories were slight , rear shock absorber had a very slight misting and parking brake operation but should have been picked up.

I must now humble pie in that I feel when my Mercedes warranty runs out I will consider taking my car to a good Mercedes specialist for service work.

I live in the West Midlands and am fortunate that we have a few well respected garages in the area.
By coincidence, my W221 had a service and MOT at the local main dealer (service plan). After the service it had the MOT at the same location and failed due to parking brake operation. They adjusted the brake and MOT'd again which it passed. I wasn't very impressed
 
By coincidence, my W221 had a service and MOT at the local main dealer (service plan). After the service it had the MOT at the same location and failed due to parking brake operation. They adjusted the brake and MOT'd again which it passed. I wasn't very impressed
It annoys me when they add total crap to your mot history

Main dealers are the worst

Undertrays fitted to underside of vehicle [no s### sherlock]



I had one. Child seat fitted. Well just take the bloody thing out.

Annoys me
 
They can't touch child seats....not allowed. But that does mean that if your have a dodgy seat belt (slow to rewind etc) that putting a child seat there will mean it will.pass!

MOT history?...who cares?....it means nothing. There could have been loads of faults that were picked up and sorted before the test.....or maybe they didn't check it over and fixed the faults after the test. Same car, same faults, same result!
 
They can't touch child seats....not allowed. But that does mean that if your have a dodgy seat belt (slow to rewind etc) that putting a child seat there will mean it will.pass!

MOT history?...who cares?....it means nothing. There could have been loads of faults that were picked up and sorted before the test.....or maybe they didn't check it over and fixed the faults after the test. Same car, same faults, same result!
I had a Honda and its MOT history was flawless. Not one advisory.

I think you can tell a lot from an MOT history. I purchase cars depending on the history.

Like if i see a car failing for bald tyres i then know the owner hasn't really cared for it.

Same with certain advisories that repeat on subsequent MOT's that tells me that the owner has invested the bare minimum year upon year to scrape it through.

MOT testers that put undertrays on an advisory i feel these guys are your jobsworth types
 
If the car is in for an MOT and services, loads of garages in my experience (most) put the car in for MOT before touching it for service. This reduces the amount of work the garage doing the service has to do, and therefore potentially saves the customer money. The MOT and retest is a fixed fee. The downside is that if the MOT does pick up advisories, they are there in the initial test record. But should then not be there in the record for the immediate retest. As a buyer, this wouldn't bother me. It's when the same advisories come up again and again without being fixed that I take more interest.
 
Like if i see a car failing for bald tyres i then know the owner hasn't really cared for it.
That's nonsense though....he could have been running bald tyres for nine months....if he got new ones put on.the day before the test nothing would show on the MOT history. Unless the advisories don't change year on year (my car had two very minor advisories this year.....both fixed within a week of the test) you can't tell anything about the how well the cast as been looked after from just the test history....only how well the car was looked at before the test. It's not like a service history....I would not reject a car for failing the test once in a while or having a few advisories, as long as it all got fixed. The MOT is a basic test of the car meeting a minimum standard of safety on that particular day....nothing more. You can get rough old nails with a clean test history too.
 
That's nonsense though....he could have been running bald tyres for nine months....if he got new ones put on.the day before the test nothing would show on the MOT history. Unless the advisories don't change year on year (my car had two very minor advisories this year.....both fixed within a week of the test) you can't tell anything about the how well the cast as been looked after from just the test history....only how well the car was looked at before the test. It's not like a service history....I would not reject a car for failing the test once in a while or having a few advisories, as long as it all got fixed. The MOT is a basic test of the car meeting a minimum standard of safety on that particular day....nothing more. You can get rough old nails with a clean test history too.
Yeah but you can discount a car pretty much off the bat if it has failed for tread depth.

I have seen a few histories with multiple fails for tyre tread.

If an owner can't check they have 1.3mm or whatever it is then what else are they not checking? The oil?

Yeah some may change things out before the test and those will go under the radar. However it is still handy to filter out the ones that don't
 
Most AMGs have at least 1 advisorie for tyre's its the cars nature inside edge always, doesn't mean you have mistreated it or you are penny pinching 🙂
 
Most AMGs have at least 1 advisorie for tyre's its the cars nature inside edge always, doesn't mean you have mistreated it or you are penny pinching 🙂
Was about to post the very same thing - my car failed on front tyres a few weeks ago and wants for nothing. Bit silly to use the MOT history as a guide….
 
Here's a little snap shot of my service history showing the last MOT and service. whatever comes up as an advisory on the MOT gets done soon after at the service. If that's done consistently I don't think anyone should have cause for concern about advisories.

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It annoys me when they add total crap to your mot history

I put our previous C Class in for MOT some years back ... the garage called to say it had passed, I picked up the paperwork, no problems. Six months later I happened to look online and saw there was a preceding fail on the same day and with the same mileage. The reasons given were were:

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The W203 C Class doesn't have electronic parking brakes. I tried to get this removed by the DVSA ... after asking for some more details they passed it on ("Your email has been forwarded to the appropriate MOT Administrative Office who will respond directly in due course."), but I never got anything further from them and gave up after chasing for a couple of months.
 
I had a Honda and its MOT history was flawless. Not one advisory.

I think you can tell a lot from an MOT history. I purchase cars depending on the history.

Like if i see a car failing for bald tyres i then know the owner hasn't really cared for it.

Same with certain advisories that repeat on subsequent MOT's that tells me that the owner has invested the bare minimum year upon year to scrape it through.

MOT testers that put undertrays on an advisory i feel these guys are your jobsworth types
I used to think that about undertrays and the like until I removed the plastic cover from a lower control arm on a newly MoTed SLK and discovered it was rusted through. Also a problem where the covers collect crud around brake pipes. I guess they’re covering their backsides.
 

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