My car went in for an MOT on Wednesday and I used a local garage I have been using for years. They called me to give the good news that I needed 3 x new tyres, an exhaust, and some back end thingy. You can imagine my delight when they told me it would cost £575! I was absolutely mortified. Okay so it is not a new car, it is about 6 years old, so you would expect it needing a little bit of work. I spoke to a friend of mine whose partner owns an MOT garage and she said she had spoken to him and he said sounds like they are ripping you off. That night I had a fretful nights sleep and I decided I was going to ring them to get the price reduced. I made 2 or 3 phone calls to them and got the price down to £430, okay not great but marginally better. I saved myself £140 for making a few phone calls.
Everyone, is finding it hard at the moment no pay rises and the cost of living going up. £430 for me in a month is my entire family budget. Luckily, my Husband has a good job so it is not too much of an issue. My question is how many people are these businesses ripping off. My Husband accepted the original £575 without question and if I had not intervened he would have paid it. No doubt there are many people who do that.
In the last 6 months this must be my 3rd or 4th debacle with these circumstances, I have saved myself hundreds of pounds, my best was with a certain utility company trying to charge me an extra £369. Companies seem to have lost their morale compass. I implore anyone out there who gets a bill, don't just pay it, give them a call, it could save you a lot of money. After all it pays to complain, and don't renew insurances go on the u-switch websites and shop around.