Test station blues
The MOT test station I use is relentlessly upbeat. All they do is test cars, bikes and light commercials. But the other Saturday, they were miserable and off home early – virtually unheard of.
They’ve lost a lot of custom lately, partly due to a local price war and partly due to customers not bothering to repair their failures.
They’re not bothered about the price war – their competitors can’t afford a new gas analyser for the Euro 6 emissions testing rolling out in May. It’s an expensive upgrade for my test station, but their rival will need to buy anew. As a result, many testers will fall by the wayside. Also, the promise of cheap tests makes no business sense. Many customers don’t come back if a car has failed, as it’s cheaper (in theory) to take a PCP on a new car.
It’s these current manufacturer incentives that are having the biggest effect. Even through the scrappage scheme offered during the last recession,