I put my car into Halfords Autocentre for an MOT as I got a 50% MOT voucher from the internet. My car is not that old, it certainly is no old banger. Halfords AutoCentre found about 5 faults with it and wanted £600 to fix them. Yet, these faults were minor: reg plate was a bit warn, bulb missing, a bit too much travel on the hand brake and a fault on the track rod end. Sure, the track rod end was a biggish problem (and probably the only real issue with not getting an MOT) but a estimate of £600 for repairs was simply taking the proverbial. A local garage fixed the lot for £140.Halfords also wanted to take my rear brakes apart also, they had not failed the MOT they just wanted to find further ways to illicit more business from me.
I am sorry but thinking up a figure of £600 to fix repairs is ridiculous. Only because you come through the door with a nicish car and you get a lift back in a newish car do they think you have money to burn. The rumour through the grape vine is that garages are failing MOTs on minor things so they can gain business.
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