On the thread about Mercedes, it was mentioned that servicing costs etc were rather extortionate (I think he said he was fucked off with them). A proposal for having cars only MOT'd every two years was being discussed on R5 yesterday (apparently to bring them in line with other European countries) and one of the commentators said the average service cost in UK was 3 to 5 hundred quid plus the MOT charge on top. Now, I had in UK a 10 year old Zafira bought from new. I religiously took it to the dealer for servicing but never had a bill less than £450. About 4 years ago, the bill came to a whopping £1300. The next year, I took it to a local garage for servicing and MOT (not a franchise) and it failed on one point (front light bulb blown) which he fixed and the service and MOT came to £183. The next year, took it to the same garage and the cost was £143 including MOT with advisory to change brake pads in the coming year. Again, this year, service, MOT and change brake pads was £223. So, my view on the MOT is that, perhaps, two years for some cars is too long whilst for others a year is too soon. MOT certs now have your mileage recorded so why not make the service interval every 12,000 miles (or whatever) rather than age related? Someone doing 20,000 a year would have things wear out quicker than someone doing 3,000 IMO. And are franchise dealers ripping us off with their servicing costs? I certainly think so. Brake pads were charge at £84 at my local garage whereas the franchise dealer wanted £215. Rear part of exhaust was £73 at the franchise but Kwikfit was £27. I know the franchise dealer will only put on the car's authorised bit but so what?