I like to do everything online so there is very little paperwork in my life. It means that when paperwork does come my way I don’t always pay attention to it. My partner’s car needed an MOT and as I work for myself so can take time off, I was nominated to be the one to take the car. So far so good.
I drop the car off, say a quick prayer to the MOT gods and go to my friend’s house for coffee while I wait. An hour or so later I get a call to pick the car up. When I get there they said the car had failed on a couple of minor points, told me what they were, handed me the failure report and I went on my way.
Now I’m not saying my partner leaves things to the last minute but we only had 2 days to turn this around, fix the car, retest it, before the old MOT expired. Thank goodness for my friend Andy, who came over that night, sorted out the issues and we were good to go.
On the last day of valid certificate I dropped the car off, certain it would pass and waited. When it failed on another minor point they asked if I’d read the paperwork. ‘Does anyone read paperwork these days?’ I asked. They answered ‘probably not but if ti’s an MOT failure I’d glance over the paperwork and see what needed doing’. Long story short, I had missed an entire point and luckily a bit of grovelling to the nice people at Merityre meant they changed the bulb that was failing, for me and we were good to go. I can’t promise that I’ll read all paperwork from now on but I’ll certainly read MOT failure certificates, that’s for sure.