In May, I presented my 2008 Mercedes-benz 200 Kompressor to my local MOT station. When I called back to collect my car, I was told that it had passed with an advisory that the front brake pads were wearing thin. You can imagine my disappointment, having fitted new Brembo 330mm front discs and Mintex pads front and rear in February and having only covered 600 miles since. When I queried the advisory with the tester, he said that there was very limited space to be able to see the state of the brake pads. I offered to remove the front wheels for him to look properly, but he declined. I told him that I couldn’t understand how he could say the pads were wearing thin if he hadn’t even looked at them, but he refused to change the result. I have since filled in a V17 complaint form for the DVSA and had a reply that they can’t launch an appeal for advisories, but had passed my complaint on to the relevant intelligence unit for further investigation.
If MOT testers can just put down what they feel will cover them then I don’t think the new MOT regulations are helpful to the everyday motorist. After all, this is not a true record of the state of my vehicle and, if I were to sell the car, a buyer could look up the MOT history and it would not reflect well – or accurately – on my ownership of it.