Stuart James, Independent Garage Association director believes franchised dealers are offering discounted MoTs as a “loss leader” for higher priced repair costs.
The IGA is in disagreement with a recent Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and National Franchised Dealer Association (NFDA) initiative which is urging customers to carry out a 10 point visual check of their car before taking their vehicle to a franchised dealership for an MoT.
Both the IGA and the RMI often provide opposing views due to the businesses they represent.
James said: “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 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.”