Choose your tester carefully
On a pleasant December morning I walked into a local garage that is part of a national chain to politely enquire if they did MoT tests on classic cars.
The MoT tester replied, ‘Aye bring it in and I’ll bin it!’ I asked what he meant by that. ‘I mean what I say, bring it in. I’ll have a look at it and if there is a pick of rust on it, I’ll bin it and hoy it in the skip,’ he responded.
I told him that my Morris Minor is 50 years old and he would struggle to find a ‘pick of rust’ anywhere.
I left the garage terrified to think that any MoT tester would have a predisposed mindset that would be content to be scrapping classic cars even before that person has set eyes upon the vehicle concerned.
This unfortunate event prompts me to advise all classic car owners whose cars still require a MoT to take great care in choosing where their test is done, lest they happen upon a tester who may fail their car because he happens to be on some sort of ego trip. Arnold Baker, Ashington, Northumberland