Check a vehicles MOT history in Arran. https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/mot-insurance is a UK government site that lets you search the MOT history, check vehicle details and a lot more. Very useful site link.
Find a local MOT authorised centre near Arran. MOT authorised centres is a free dataset from the UK Government and is freely available on sites such as: http://localmotcentre.co.uk/ and http://www.ukmot.com/ Tip google search "authorised mot centres" for more options
MOT costs in Arran. Many centres state different prices but there is a staturiary price list for MOT's in Arran. See https://www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot/mot-test-fees
Is there VAT on an MOT test? Answer NO, VAT is not applicable to MOT tests in Arran.
I need an MOT but the car is not taxed. Always a taxing question (pun) as you cannot get your car taxed if it does not have an MOT. You are allowed to drive your car to an agreed appointment at a MOT station without being taxed. A good authoriative source of information regarding this issue is on the UK Police site https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q600.htm
Car Tyres in Arran
What tyres are the standard ones for my vehicle? On a used car it is not safe to assume that the tyres currently fitted are the ones ideal for your vehicle. The manufacturers handbook is the obvious first place to check, but there are a lot of tyre sale websites that allow you to type in your registration and find the same manufactorer information e.g. http://www.kwik-fit.com/tyre-search.asp & http://www.national.co.uk/tyres/
What do tyre codings mean.
175/65 R14 T means 175mm width, 65 aspect ratio or the tyre side expressed as a percentge of the tyre width, R (radial), 14" wheel diameter, T speed rating 118mph. For a comprehensive list of these codings visit http://www.which.co.uk/cars/driving/car-tyres/best-car-tyre-brands/understanding-tyre-markings/ for some good examples
When do tyres need replacing? The legal minimum is 1.6mm depth of tread across the centre 3/4 of the tread for the whole of the tyre. However most suppliers will recommend replacing tyres when down to 3mm depth. Tyre depth can effect braking performance so it is important to get tyres replaced before they get too worn down.
Repairs can often be performed safely on a veichle without the need for a new tyre. A puncture doesn't mean you need a new tyre. A good tyre fitter in Arran will be able to offer you good advice. Worn typres should always be replaced.
Car Servicing in Arran
Do I have to use a manufacturer main dealer for servicing? NO.
Motorists are free to choose any garage to service their car without invalidating any manufacturer's warranty, providing the business is VAT registered, follows the manufacturer's servicing procedures, employs a suitably qualified mechanic and uses original parts, specified fluids or ones of matching quality.
Car servicing packages? These may often be part of a new or used car sale from a retailer or as an add on package. These sort of packages should cover the cost basic servincing labour costs and typically oils and filters. They tend not to include any work required for brake discs, tyres, exhausts and batteries.
It is always best to get a written quotation for a service beforehand. Always leave your contact number and ask that they confirm any extra work and costs with you before they are carried out.
When buying a used car it is often worth asking for proof of the cars service history. It will show whether the vehicle has been maintained properly and may include work that could still be covered by a warranty.
Car batteries for Arran and car exhaushts for Arran are usually covered in the topics covered above.