county Greater Manchester
Name North West Mini's
Rating - I feel well and truly conned out of £44.00 (not a lot I know, but considering I had to pay that again 2 days later!!)
Failed My car on lots of stuff, including bulbs not being orange enough, even though they were new. Then wouldn't do a free retest if I drove the car away, but couldnt do any work on it for 2 weeks !!! Also wanted extortionate amount for rear radius arms (120 plus fitting a side) when I can buy em from Minisport (not the cheapest place) for £29 exchange !! Had a slanging match which got me absolutely nowhere, took the car to a local MOT centre (non mini expert) Passed with 2 advisories, which I have had sorted !! Now tell me if I'm wrong but how can 2 garages rate the condition of a car so differently?
So personally I would advise against getting your car tested here, although I must add I have heard that their mechanical work is good...
Try SUREFIT on Wigan road Atherton !! Ians a top mechanic and reasonably priced.
Whilst entitled to his opinion (and I agree with some of the above) some of the "facts" in the above report are untrue.
The car didn't fail on lots, but did fail where our Tester felt it should fail. No apologies for testing cars properly.
I have a bag of new orange bulbs here which the tester has failed my cars on and which we have changed. Some of the current batches are not dipped for long enough and don't show orange enough.
We, along with the vast majority of MOT stations, don't do free retests if removed from the premises (unless they fall within the regulations.) We have to do a full test when they are brough back and this has to be paid for.
We were booked up for 2 weeks (we are a very busy Garage) but said we would start the work the following week if desired.
Radius arms are £110 per side FITTED. Customer was told that he probably didn't need one as it could be greased.
"Had a slanging match" - We can't and won't delay existing jobs for existing customers because someone raises their voice.
So, I agree that we are strict with the quality of our MOT testing. We believe that an MOT test is there to check the safety of your car and we take that resopnsibility seriously. We are NOT con men, if we were we would not have said that the Radius arms would grease up.
If you want good honest work done we will do our best for you.
Thanks for the chance to respond