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When mine had it's 3rd Service and first MOT a while back I took the car to a local garage that I've been using for years. Since then the car's had it's second MOT there as I know the guy's well, unlike the local Ford dealers
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With my recent experiences with Ford, I would take it too the little family garage you know and trust as its only a MOT and it wont make any difference (if you sell it) who MOT's it. Plus hopefully you wont need any work doing but if you do it would be cheaper than Ford. My first one is due in April and it will be going to Profile.
 

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QUOTE(thestumper @ 14 Jan 2010, 12:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>With my recent experiences with Ford, I would take it too the little family garage you know and trust as its only a MOT and it wont make any difference (if you sell it) who MOT's it. Plus hopefully you wont need any work doing but if you do it would be cheaper than Ford. My first one is due in April and it will be going to Profile.


Exactly what I did, Si.

 

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I went to a Ford dealer as keeping the service history with them ...and the MOT was only £35.00 if done with the service


Cant fault them - dropped the car off 5pm Friday, collected it all done, 11am Saturday
 

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Personally I would stick with your local garage, unless you can strike a deal and get it serviced at same time, as per FastEddies post, other wise stick to what you know.

*Edit ~ Didnt know Profile did MOT`s.
 

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I've booked it in with Ford, for the history etc I know it doesn't really matter where you get the mot done.
Second thing is I have dreamscience do I return to stock for the emissions test ??
 

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QUOTE(rottweilermick @ 14 Jan 2010, 02:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I've booked it in with Ford, for the history etc I know it doesn't really matter where you get the mot done.
Second thing is I have dreamscience do I return to stock for the emissions test ??

I'd return it to stock - just in case they decide to put an upto date map on it.... also I'd get it MOT'd before the car gets to 3 years old - I think you have upto one month before it's 3rd brithday - then if it fails for any reason the work might be covered under warrenty (unless yours has gone over the 60k miles!!!)

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QUOTE(Ryan @ 14 Jan 2010, 12:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>When mine had it's 3rd Service and first MOT a while back I took the car to a local garage that I've been using for years. Since then the car's had it's second MOT there as I know the guy's well, unlike the local Ford dealers
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Mine is due MOT and 3rd Service next week, I have purchased all the parts from ford who gave me 35% discount for some unknown reason (pollen and Oil filters, 7 ltrs of 05w 30 oil and a tub of screenwash for £51) Got the
plugs from Team Torqesteer for £45 and been quoted £60 from my mate who owns a vw specialist garage just round the corner to fit the parts, MOT it and stamp the book. More importantly than the price, i trust every one of the lads who work there to carry the work out and test drive if neccecery, -How often can you say that about a garage
 

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QUOTE(rottweilermick @ 14 Jan 2010, 12:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>As the title says its first MOT time, Do I take it to a Ford dealer or the little family garage I know and trust???

Independant wins hands down, absolutely no contest. Ford make a cracking car then employ the cast of Thunderbirds to back things up!!
 

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Get it MOT's by the guys that you trust and tell them to look at it with a fine toothed come due to impending end of the warrenty and you would like to know about anything that is on its way out etc.

Then assuming it passes take it for its service and give them the same talk re spotting anything on its way out etc.

NB always do it this way just incase the MOT place picks up on something that the service guys felt was within tolerances etc also any extra work that is not warrantied may well be cheaper if carried out alongside warrenty etc. any garage worth its salt will always do it this way, if they do it the revers and some extra work is required after service etc, complain!!!!
 

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QUOTE(tallboy_ed @ 14 Jan 2010, 06:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Independant wins hands down, absolutely no contest. Ford make a cracking car then employ the cast of Thunderbirds to back things up!!

Sorry, but you cant make sweeping generalisations...

My Ford Dealer (Peoples) is excellent - very well-run, punctual, great prices and very thorough (my MOT had loads of details and advisories).


Remember your local garage doesn't know the
that well, doesn't use Ford parts and you dont get the dealers 'stamp' which helps at re-sale time


I'd try your local Ford dealer first and only go elsewhere if been there's a problem.
 

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QUOTE(Ryan @ 14 Jan 2010, 02:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Mine passed the emissions test running Mod C and that was with a 100CPI sports CAT.

Mine also passed with no troubles running the same as Ryan , that was at an independant who happened to be a Vauxhall specialist
 

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QUOTE(FastEddie @ 14 Jan 2010, 09:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Sorry, but you cant make sweeping generalisations...

My Ford Dealer (Peoples) is excellent - very well-run, punctual, great prices and very thorough (my MOT had loads of details and advisories).


Remember your local garage doesn't know the
that well, doesn't use Ford parts and you dont get the dealers 'stamp' which helps at re-sale time


I'd try your local Ford dealer first and only go elsewhere if been there's a problem.


Could not agree more with the above, don`t tar all Ford Dealers with the same brush.

I have had both my Foci (ST & Diesel) serviced and MOT`d by local Ford dealer with absolutely no problems what so ever. Service books that contain Ford dealer stamps allways look better when it comes time to move the car on.
 

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QUOTE(rottweilermick @ 14 Jan 2010, 12:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>As the title says its first MOT time, Do I take it to a Ford dealer or the little family garage I know and trust???

Take it to Ian Cranston's in Skipton. They know Fast Ford's inside out and the quality of their work is second to none.
 

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Tarnock Garage (who are a Ford dealer) are also VERY good.

They have always looked after Rambo and I - both in terms of price, friendly advice and workmanship. I really cannot fault them, nor praise them enough.

The cynical would say, "well, they are a Forum sponsor - so of course they're going to treat you well."

Well - OK. Works for me!!

If the distance involved is not too great, I really would recommend Chris, Simon and the team at Tarnock Garage - you won't be disappointed.
 

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QUOTE(FastEddie @ 14 Jan 2010, 09:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Sorry, but you cant make sweeping generalisations...

My Ford Dealer (Peoples) is excellent - very well-run, punctual, great prices and very thorough (my MOT had loads of details and advisories).


Remember your local garage doesn't know the
that well, doesn't use Ford parts and you dont get the dealers 'stamp' which helps at re-sale time


I'd try your local Ford dealer first and only go elsewhere if been there's a problem.


Sorry but you seem to contradict yourself, you start by saying you can not make gerneralisation and then make one about local garages!!!!!

1st Tallboy_ed did not say local but independant and by that I think he meant independant specialist and not dodgey derreks back street garage.

2nd a decent local or specialist garage knows genuine/OE parts are required when servicing etc to retain warrenty etc.

3rdthere isa good chance that the independant garage will be able to diagnose faults without relying on a computer (that may be wrong/miss-diagnose) how many times has someone gone to a franchised dealer with a fault that typicaly doe snto occure when they have it, they pug it in and say nothign wrong, an experiance mechanic will have an idea and start trying a few cheap things and not suggest you are making it us etc.

If you do have adecent stealer near by then use them but these unfortunately tend to be the minority
 
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