Choose your tester care­fully

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

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

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