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Kwikfit and their 'free' MOT check. Has anyone else had problems???

Last post Mon, Dec 20 2010, 4:04 PM by Goony. 29 replies.
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  •  Mon, Dec 20 2010, 4:04 PM

    Re: Kwikfit and their 'free' MOT check. Has anyone else had problems???

    Yes. I have had the same problem with KWIK FIT. Car in for an MOT and failed last week. 1. washer bottle no pressure (no it wouldnt have as i told the manager as i went in with the car that it needed topped up and he said he would do it) It also failed on 2. cat convertor 3. lambda sensors and 4. front tyre. This was my quote. Cat convertor £585, Lambda sensors £80 and £95 for the tyre plus the water they said they would put in my water bottle. The guy doing the MOT had my car on fast idle for just over 9 mins, I thought he was trying to blow a gasket at first thats why I timed it. On receipt of the big RED vosa sheet and the destruction of my Christmas cheer, I gave them a ding dong merrily on high and said i would shop around. Got the vehicle done at another MOT station today and it passed after getting the tyre done. I asked them what the cat and ommisions were like and they said they were fine on all tests. I will never and i mean never trust the guys at quick fit again, YOU CANT GET BETTER THAN A QUICK FIT FITTER only if he works for you and is ripping off the general public. Incidently a cat convertor on the net for my car is £160, good mark up boys
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  •  Fri, Dec 17 2010, 8:21 PM

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    Yes I had problems had free MOT car failed was told need suspension work done on car which est cost was to be 500.00 I then took car to another garage and car passed MOT and was told apart from a tyre did nto need any work done this was shockinmg rip off and I could of paid up, complaimed to KWIK FIT they admitted they had advised me wrong and gave me 100.00 of vouchers but I will never trust them again!
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  •  Fri, Dec 17 2010, 4:56 PM

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    DO NOT GO TO KWIK FIT FOR MOT OR SERVICE.

    Everytime I go for a service I get told my tyres are "borderline" for failing. Apparently Kwikfit managers have targets on tyres etc & encourage their staff to sell as many tyres as possible. So every year my tyres would get changed. Until I moved to a different mechanic. It has been over 2 years now since my tyres have been changed, passing my MOT each time.

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  •  Sat, Jul 03 2010, 7:18 PM

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    Grum:My 2003 VW Bora is getting its MOT in 15mins with kwik fit, wish me luck! I'll update later wether they pass or fail me!

    Well it failed! but an honest fail. Had a broken coil spring (pot holes & cold weather!) and the only advisories were the tyres. I dont know if those who were failed went in with a free voucher? then maybe they would start making up stuff. I booked mines via the kwik fit website with my reg no as the voucher but still said i paid £30 on the receipt. so maybe there was no need to make anything up because ive 'paid'.

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  •  Sat, Jul 03 2010, 5:06 PM

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    Twee:

    Why pick Kwikfit ?

    FWIW, my experience has been positive over 4 MOTs. A 1 hour time-slot selectable online and kept to, unlike previous "main dealer" experience. And you think "main dealers" are immune from "inventing" work?

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  •  Sat, Jul 03 2010, 2:06 PM

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    You are either brave or stupid !!

    Why pick KwikfLit ?

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  •  Sat, Jul 03 2010, 11:13 AM

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    My 2003 VW Bora is getting its MOT in 15mins with kwik fit, wish me luck! I'll update later wether they pass or fail me!
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  •  Sun, Sep 20 2009, 3:48 PM

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    Twee

    This is an article on the issue of Nitrogen. It is just a selling point that some use, but not that beneficial to a standard domestic vehicle.

    The air we breath (and the normal compressed air used to inflate tyres) contains 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen and 1% other gases.

    Purified nitrogen has been used to inflate tyres on aircraft and racing cars for many years, but now some tyre specialists are offering nitrogen inflation for ordinary car and van tyres.

    The advantages of using nitrogen in specialist applications are clear

    • Planes fly at heights where temperatures may be as low as -40C. Any moisture in the tyres can freeze causing vibration and balance problems when landing. Pure nitrogen is dry so eliminates this problem (as would using dried compressed air)
    • In motor sport the smallest fraction of a second can make the difference between winning and losing. Filling with nitrogen can reduce tyre pressure variation caused by changes in tyre temperature.

    For passenger car applications the main claims seem to be

    • Reduced corrosion – because unlike air there's no moisture in pure nitrogen
    • Slower rate of pressure loss – because nitrogen molecules are larger than oxygen molecules (which make up 21% of compressed air)

    Leakage can occur through the tyre's inner liner but can also occur through the valve, punctures, or failure of the seal between tyre and wheel rim. Pure nitrogen might leak more slowly through the liner, but regular checks of tyre condition and pressures will still be essential.

    Corrosion of the tyre through use of normal compressed air alone is most unlikely because only the outer tread band of a car tyre contains steel – the amount of moisture reaching it from the inside is minimal.

    Changing to nitrogen involves removing all the air which is already in the tyres and then re-inflating them with purified compressed nitrogen. There will be a one-off charge per tyre but once filled with nitrogen any future top-ups would also have to be with nitrogen if any advantages are to be maintained.

    Overall, while accepting the possibility of purified nitrogen being of benefit in certain applications, we don't think that the cost and possible inconvenience are justified for normal passenger car use.

    Huckster

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  •  Sun, Sep 20 2009, 3:18 PM

    Re: Kwikfit and their 'free' MOT check. Has anyone else had problems???

    "Nitrogen" inflation - this is a new one on me

    What could there reason be for filling your tyre with Nitrogen rather than good old (free) air ?

    This needs investigating

    As far as I was aware - (free) Air consists of 78% nitrogen anyway .. and what happens when you top it up ?

    It couldn't have anything to do with profit could it ?

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  •  Sun, Sep 20 2009, 2:12 PM

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    Yes, its true - Kwikfit did the brakes scam on me too. Failed my car on the brakes because of 'excessive pedal travel'. Funny that when I took it to my local dealer they passed it first time.

    Don't touch them with a barge pole. They are not even the best value for tyres. My local independent can supply at better prices and so can some of the internet based companies like Etyres.

    They will even rip you off for a puncture repair. Against my better judgement I just went to them for a repair, simply because they are close by and open. They charged me for a new valve that I didn't need or ask for and for nitrogen inflation that I didn't need or ask for. Now - ask yourself - what use is it having one tyre inflated with nitrogen and the other 3 with air? Am I supposed to go to the garage to get the 3 tyres topped up and them pop in to Kwikfit to check the nitrogen one?

    Should be called KwikRipOff!!

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  •  Tue, Sep 08 2009, 2:19 PM

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    Hey thanks for the advice everyone.........and to think i was about to book my car in next month for their £35 online MOT.......I'll stick to the local council run garage even if they are charging £53, at least i know they won't rip me off...........SHAME ON YOU KWIK FIT.....!!!!

    NB - They really shouldn't do this to the general public seeing as though we're in the middle of a recession and everyone's watching their pennies right now!!

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  •  Thu, Sep 03 2009, 1:38 AM

    Re: Kwikfit and their 'free' MOT check. Has anyone else had problems???

    Hi,

    My neighbour took her son's car to Kwik Fit to have the rear brake shoes replaced. When she came to pay she was told that the brake drums needed to be replaced together with the bearings, brake pads and handbrake cable. As she couldn't contact us at that point she very wisely asked for the old parts back, which they gave her except for one set of brake pads - dont know what happened to them.

    My husband looked at the drums for her and was as sure as he could be that they were still within the legal limits so we took the drums to the nearest Vauxhall main dealer and asked for their advice. They took the drums into their workshop and measured them. They assured us that the drums were 0.2mm worn and still had 80% of life left in them & that they would have cleaned them and put them back onto the car.

    With this information we went to see the manager at the Kwik Fit branch who said he couldn't comment as the member of staff that worked on the car was away until the following day. He also had a waiting room full of customers and obviously didn't want them to hear about the 'rip off'. He said he would call my neighbour. Mid afternoon the following day, our neighbour received a call from the manager stating that he would refund the cost of the drums following a discussion with his Area manager. My neighbour then advised him that she wanted the cost of the bearings refunded too.

    We accompanied our neighbour to the branch for her to receive the refund and she asked about an apology for being 'riped off' - this was not given. At least she received a refund in excess of £200.

    Perhaps their slogan should be ''Kwik Fit it before the customer notices and complains''

    Moral of the story - never go to Kwik Fit.

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  •  Wed, Aug 19 2009, 7:08 PM

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    What absolute W****RS!!!! I'm so glad you posted your story here as it is helping to sort the wheat from the chaff.

    I would NEVER take their insurance, even if it was the last company on the planet. They kept giving me silent phone calls over five years after I had my phone number registered with the TPS. Only when they called and I spoke to someone, I explained the situation, and said I'd considered these calls harassement. I added that any further communication would be reported to crime stoppers because it is classed as abuse of the telecommunications system. I think they were left in shock and so they should be.

    Says it all I think.

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  •  Wed, Aug 19 2009, 12:07 AM

    Re: Kwikfit and their 'free' MOT check. Has anyone else had problems???

    Kwikfit fitted an exhaust to a car of an acqaintance recently which was little more than a piece of pipe - it was cheap in money terms but its limitations were not explained. The exhaust performed as badly as you would expect and after some very imaginative excuses including it needs running in the car was taken to a good local guy. He (no overalls) went with the customer to Kwikfit and listened to the excuses. When they'd finished he told them he was in the trade and explained to them why they were talking rubbish. A free upgrade appeared!

    Kwikfit is not cheap for its product range but benefits from a national name. Frankly a bit of reseaerch with Thomson Local can yield much better deals - this is one area where the local boys need to maintain a good name.

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  •  Tue, Aug 18 2009, 10:49 PM

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    Haven't had a "free" MOT test with Kwikfit, but since i lost trust in the garage i used to have MOTs at(due to him failing it to make extra work) i have had 4 MOT tests on 2 different cars, Apart from 1 MOT failure on indicator bulbs not being yellow enough i have had no problems with them. I'd rather trust the guys at the centre we have here with my car rather than the independant garage.
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