IGA respond to SMMT and NFDA MOT Drive

Published 20/08/2013 00:00:00 in Press Releases

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has responded to a recent MOT focused campaign by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) that urges consumers to use a franchised dealer when their MOT is due.

IGA Comment
Stuart James, Director

The SMMT and NFDA have stated that it is in the customer’s best interests to take their car to a franchised dealer for its MOT test. However all MOT Tests, regardless of where they are taken are strictly regulated by VOSA and this fact needs to be clear to consumers.

The UK has one of the safest MOT records in Europe. As more than 80% of all MOT testing stations are independent it is evident that independent garages are already providing a service that is equal to, if not better than, that provided by a franchised dealer.

It is our opinion that one of the biggest areas of concern relating to the MOT is the practice of garages discounting the MOT price and then charging excessive amounts for repairs in order to make up for lost revenue. So while consumers may think they are initially making a saving on their MOT they are then hit with an unnecessarily high charge for repairs. It is also our opinion that the franchised dealer sector is using the option of discounting MOT’s as a “loss leader” for higher priced repair costs.

We recently met with Stephen Hammond, Under-Secretary of State for Transport, to discuss the pricing of MOTs with the focus being on increasing the MOT fee along with a mandated minimum fee and retest fee. A fixed fee would also reinforce the fact that an MOT test is a mandatory government safety inspection and not just a part of the overall service and repair bill.

The IGA believe that franchised dealers must be more transparent about MOTs. In particular, by not confusing consumers and trying to create an impression that their MOT is somehow superior to one carried out in an independent garage.

ENDS

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The Retail Motor Industry Federation represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. 

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