As a former used car salesman, I have spent the majority of my life learning and teaching others how to make automotive savings. As you’d expect I am a big advocate for used cars rather than new ones. It is beyond me how people can justify paying over the odds for a vehicle just because it hasn’t been driven previously by anyone else, when there are perfectly good used models out there which can be picked up for a fraction of the price.

In my time I have probably driven hundreds of used cars, and have owned around fifteen. Of those fifteen the only real problem I had of any note was having to change the driveshaft on a Ford Escort, and to be honest it caused me very little trouble. In fairness I have been pretty lucky with my motors but I still believe that you shouldn’t be worried by the reliability of a used car.

Volkswagen-Beetle-front-imageNow more than ever it puzzles me that people that people would buy a model brand new, when the current economic climate of the UK is in a state of recession. Surely savings are more important than ever when disposable income is at an all-time low for most people. And it is not like the initial outlay for a vehicle is all you have to pay – there is also road tax, insurance and fuel to think about, as well as MOT and servicing. Moreover, depreciation will occur far less in a used Volkswagen Beetle than a new one for example.

Well today hopefully I am going to help you save a bit on your MOT and servicing costs.

How do you usually go about getting your vehicle serviced or MOT tested? Do you just take it down to the nearest garage in your area and accept any price you are quoted?

Don’t worry if this is a familiar practice for you, it is for most people, but it is not necessarily the best way to go about getting the best deal.

Until recently there has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding what constitutes a good price for an MOT or a service, and to go out and compare prices for every garage in your vicinity would take forever.

However, thanks to leading UK automotive website, all that has changed. They have introduced the country’s first MOT and service centre comparison site.

It couldn’t be easier to use and it can help you to get the very best price and make savings for years to come. All you have to do is enter the make and model of your vehicle as well as your postcode, and within seconds a list of garages will be displayed by proximity to your address complete with a comprehensive pricing guide.

Start saving today!