My MOT failure disaster

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My MOT failure disaster

Post by Welly » Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:00 pm

Oh dear, just back from the MOT place, I just had to tell someone I'm quite upset:

I got failed on my nearside headlamp aim being slightly too high :cry: and no advisories.

I had the headlights in pieces back in the summer and bent the metal shield what makes the headlamp pattern (projectors) I put in back straight again and thought I'd got it spot-on using my garage door-o-meter but sadly I had failed. There is therefore a slight possibility that I may have been dazzling other road users from time to time for which I do apologise openly on here.

The MOT operative was inconvenienced by two 1/8th turns of the adjuster taking approximately 21 seconds at no charge to myself....now that's service for you.
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Re: My MOT failure disaster

Post by Captain Jack » Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:00 pm

Bet it took longer than 21 seconds to say what it "failed" on....
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Re: My MOT failure disaster

Post by Rolebama » Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:08 pm

I had the same experience a few years ago, but with the nearside beam being too low, the cheeky ********** wanted to charge me £12.50 to adjust 'both' of them, even though there was nothing wrong with the offside one's aim.
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Re: My MOT failure disaster

Post by steve_earwig » Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:15 pm

Welly wrote:There is therefore a slight possibility that I may have been dazzling other road users from time to time for which I do apologise openly on here.
Oooooh, you been a bad, bad puddy tat :frown: Unlike the buggers here who must realise their lights are up too high or pointing all over the place and just don't give a toss, or all those twats who fit over-powered bulbs in some kind of power-crazed moron-fest :evil: :evil:

So, it actually passed after a bit of twiddling? I hope so anyway as that's what they do here (every year with the D8, up a lttile bit, then down a little bit :roll: ) That wasn't Franks experience though, the buggers sent him away to fix it and then he had to pay for a re-test :evil:
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Re: My MOT failure disaster

Post by Welly » Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:39 pm

steve_earwig wrote: So, it actually passed after a bit of twiddling?
Yes, strangely they went to the trouble of printing out a "refusal certificate" and then a minty-fresh Pass Cert with nothing in the advisory section (the way I want it). Apparently I'm quite free to dispose of the refusal doc at my leisure but VOSA insist on the paperwork being straight (and why not).
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Re: My MOT failure disaster

Post by jasper5 » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:35 pm

They obviously have a too high pass rate so they are getting their percentages more inline by issuing a fail for the headlight.

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Re: My MOT failure disaster

Post by steve_earwig » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:01 am

That actually sounds like it could be true :roll:
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Re: My MOT failure disaster

Post by Welly » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:16 am

jasper5 wrote:They obviously have a too high pass rate so they are getting their percentages more inline by issuing a fail for the headlight.
You mean the Garage? or VOSA in general? the Garage has only been doing MOT's for about 3 months it's a new venture sort of thing for them (other than servicing etc) the MOT was £45.00 but doesn't it take about 40 mins? that's crap money to make if you ask me; especially when you've got to rent the special MOT ramp which is f*cking expensive.
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Re: My MOT failure disaster

Post by Captain Jack » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:21 am

Welly wrote:The MOT was £45.00 but doesn't it take about 40 mins? that's crap money to make if you ask me; especially when you've got to rent the special MOT ramp which is f*cking expensive.
But if they do 8 cars a day, it adds up....
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Re: My MOT failure disaster

Post by rwb » Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:35 am

I'm sure VOSA will appreciate the pedantry.

We had a little tradition where mine would fail every year on a single bulb, and I think this was to keep the garage's failure rate up. I don't think they every charged me for a bulb. The best fail was "side repeater not orange enough" (some of the silvering had come off the bulb).

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Re: My MOT failure disaster

Post by jasper5 » Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:45 pm

Been to my mot garage with a Honda Jazz this morning, "failed" on a wiper blade split and n/s headlight aim too high.

I bought a wiper blade from them and fitted it and let Steve adjust the headlight for me.

Steve reckoned the writing out of a fail for the headlight aim was to keep the paperwork in order as the lack of headlight aim failures would show up in VOSA checks and they might ask, why?

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Re: My MOT failure disaster

Post by Doggy » Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:25 pm

rwb wrote:The best fail was "side repeater not orange enough".
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