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post #1 of 22
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My car just passed but still managed to cost me £150
post #2 of 22
Awww - it hurts doesn't it - ours cost us £500 this year. We knew it would, we have a service at the same time and it was at the time in its life when it would need a new cam belt on the engine. But it still hurt.

Still - it's cheaper than one payment on a new car .

....and the cost of petrol went up again today
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by flisssweetpea
Awww - it hurts doesn't it - ours cost us £500 this year. We knew it would, we have a service at the same time and it was at the time in its life when it would need a new cam belt on the engine. But it still hurt.

Still - it's cheaper than one payment on a new car .

....and the cost of petrol went up again today
That's where the money came into it with the service.. I have it serviced at the same time too. Apparently the power steering fluid is on the way out and that's a BIG job.. I'm glad I put a full tank of petrol on last night then
post #4 of 22
hm.. we kept on throwing our cars away when it was "mot" time.. haha our next mot is next year maybe theres going to be another car?
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by fwan
hm.. we kept on throwing our cars away when it was "mot" time.. haha our next mot is next year maybe theres going to be another car?
I feel like doing that now.. I want summat a bit more powerful too. My car is very economical tho
post #6 of 22
Now for me to ask a silly question. What the heck is Mot?
post #7 of 22
MOT is the Ministry of Transport test that cars over 3 years old must have annually to be allowed on the road. It checks that cars are roadworthy etc.
post #8 of 22
Ohhhhh. Thank you. We have a similar thing here. We have to have emission testing to get our license plate tabs. It's only for vehicles 5 years and older and is done every other year.

As for roadworthy, no checks there and you should see some of the clunkers driving around.
post #9 of 22
Alabama has no such thing. I suspect half the cars on the road would be taken off if we did (including my '72 pick-up.)

Cindy
Mom to Narsil, Mithril and Kellie da Peke
post #10 of 22
We have Inspection that we have to do every year on our vehicals. It sucks.. It can cost you next to nothing or it can cost you the price of a new car it depends..
post #11 of 22
We have the inspection... However, in Puerto Rico it isn't a government official who carries it out: Its any certified mechanic. So there's a giant industry where anyone who is a friend of a mechanic who does inspections can get them to sign the inspection without even having seen the car. I call it "telepatic inspections". (And if it wasn't for that our car would not be on the road).
post #12 of 22
We have that yearly check here too, called WOF. Sorry to hear you got burnt!
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by RoseHawke
Alabama has no such thing. I suspect half the cars on the road would be taken off if we did (including my '72 pick-up.)

Cindy
Mom to Narsil, Mithril and Kellie da Peke
I wish I lived where you do!! I've often watched American programmes (like Pimp My Ride) and seen some of the hangers on them and thought surely that can't be road worthy. I suppose the good thing about having to have an MOT is that you know you're driving a safe vehicle. Do you have roundabouts in America? Only what I've seen on the TV you seem to have a lot or big straight roads as opposed to little narrow ones? We have more roundabouts that is called for really.. and hardly anyone knows how to use them properly including my self!!
post #14 of 22
We've occasionally seen the odd small roundabout on housing estates but they're really there for decoration in the middle of the road - I can only think of one or two. Occasionally there are some near airports.

In our travels in the US we haven't seen roundabouts on the open roads though - there are usually T-junctions; cross-roads or full motorway style junctions.
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by flisssweetpea
We've occasionally seen the odd small roundabout on housing estates but they're really there for decoration in the middle of the road - I can only think of one or two. Occasionally there are some near airports.

In our travels in the US we haven't seen roundabouts on the open roads though - there are usually T-junctions; cross-roads or full motorway style junctions.
I thought that about American roads.. they seem so big and confusing!! Like you say, they look like bllomin motorways, really scarey!!
post #16 of 22
Oh you wouldn't have to worry - there's no problem driving in the US. I reckon we've driven about 10,000 miles in the US over the years and there's nothing to worry about. Generally (unless you're in a place like LA or New York City) the roads are open and relatively empty compared to ours. The road junctions are good and straightforward. If you're ever thinking of trying it - go ahead and do it. You can see some amazing things.
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by Shem
I thought that about American roads.. they seem so big and confusing!! Like you say, they look like bllomin motorways, really scarey!!
Trust me, they try to make them idiot-proof. The reason being that there seems to be a lot of idiots driving! I looked up a couple of pix of roundabouts, never having run across the term before, and they look confusing to me! Guess it depends on what you're used to.

They have occasionally tried to get emissions testing in this state, but that's all it would be, emissions testing. The car could be falling apart otherwise, and as long as the emissions were within acceptable parameters it would be passed. It's been shot down several times. Too many people in this state (Alabama is fairly poor overall, although not as bad as some others) drive old clunkers and start complaining to their reps whenever the issue comes up although I'm sure we'll probably have it eventually.

Cindy
Mom to Narsil, Mithril and Kellie da Peke
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by Shem
I wish I lived where you do!! I've often watched American programmes (like Pimp My Ride) and seen some of the hangers on them and thought surely that can't be road worthy. I suppose the good thing about having to have an MOT is that you know you're driving a safe vehicle. Do you have roundabouts in America? Only what I've seen on the TV you seem to have a lot or big straight roads as opposed to little narrow ones? We have more roundabouts that is called for really.. and hardly anyone knows how to use them properly including my self!!
Reassuring to hear about roundabouts We were on a British Carribean island last year and they had roundabouts - no one told us about them so we had no clue. Finally got the hang of it, but not without the locals waving frantically at us It is very weird when you are not used to it. I actually caught on to the road sign for it, too. The first couple of times, I just said to my husband, I wonder what that road sign means ?
post #19 of 22
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Reassuring to hear about roundabouts We were on a British Carribean island last year and they had roundabouts - no one told us about them so we had no clue. Finally got the hang of it, but not without the locals waving frantically at us It is very weird when you are not used to it. I actually caught on to the road sign for it, too. The first couple of times, I just said to my husband, I wonder what that road sign means ?

My gosh!! I just can't imagine life with out roundabouts!! It's so weird that some of you don't know what they are and I've never not known them!! http://www.2pass.co.uk/roundabout.htm This does not make it any clearer lol!!
post #20 of 22
Weird... roundabouts don't exist either in Puerto Rico... I saw them once in Spain... and also the famous pictures of the Arch of Triumph in Paris... but thats it. But I don't find them THAT confusing...
post #21 of 22
Aww, I'm sorry, that sucks. Cars are so expensive to keep up!
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by dicknleah
Ohhhhh. Thank you. We have a similar thing here. We have to have emission testing to get our license plate tabs. It's only for vehicles 5 years and older and is done every other year.

As for roadworthy, no checks there and you should see some of the clunkers driving around.
Only 5 years or older?
My compact truck had to get inspections every two years from day one, I lived in King County.

Cars over a certain age only have to pass minimal emissions due to the lack of factory standard catalytic converters of that era.
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