What makes a good MOT bay? 5 tips to help you when purchasing your MOT equipment.


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An MOT Bay is undoubtedly one of the costliest, and most important decisions to make when it comes to purchasing one for your workshop. It can often become overwhelming when deciding on what equipment will best suit your needs in a sea of endless solutions, which is why conducting a good amount of research before you put pen to paper is key. Thankfully, our product specialists have compiled a list of 5 helpful tips to help you make the correct choices when purchasing MOT equipment for your workshop. 5 tips to help you when purchasing an MOT bay for your workshop.
  • Price: At the end of day, there is one thing that we can all agree on, it all comes down to affordability. In today’s struggling economic climate, every penny counts and especially when you are running a business. However, the cheapest option is not always the best option. An MOT Bay plays an important role in the operation of a workshop and will ultimately affect your business’s bottom line so ensuring your source the best equipment that will withstand the test of time will only benefit you in the long run. Don’t have the funds right away? Work alongside a garage equipment supplier that can offer reasonable financing options to spread out the cost of your equipment so that it can start paying for itself.
  • Longevity: The last thing any workshop owner wants is to heavily invest in a piece of equipment, for it to fail well before its expected life span. Especially when it comes to lifting equipment which can be a matter of life and death for your technicians. While most products will come with some form of warranty, the impact this will have on the running of your workshop in the form of potential downtime and missed business will ultimately prove costly. Work with a garage company that supplies a comprehensive range of equipment that is well sourced, has a proven track record within the industry of delivering results, and has a high degree of technical support available throughout its operational life. Also, ensure the equipment has approval by the necessary governing bodies, for example the GEA (Garage Equipment Association).
  • Purpose: As stated previously, there are endless solutions available to the buyer in today’s market that can leave even the most seasoned technicians’ head spinning. Outlining the purpose of the MOT you want in your workshop ahead of time will make this decision a lot easier. How many people do you want operating the MOT bay at one time? One (OPTL), or would you prefer a completely automated experience in the form of an Automated Test Lane (ATL)? Perhaps the schematic of your workshop requires a pit installation? What type of vehicles will you be testing? Commercial vehicles, road vehicles? Questions such as these can all be answered and addressed by working alongside a garage equipment company that can guide you through every aspect of this process. From site meetings and detailed planning, they will be able to accommodate your needs and provide a solution that works best for you.
  • Planning: For some businesses, the prospect of sourcing and implementing an MOT bay can be a daunting task, especially for a first-time buyer or a new workshop. Like an unpeeled onion, there are many layers to this process that if taken likely, could result in you falling at the first hurdle, causing further delay to the project and potentially more costs. With the assistance of a garage equipment company that can offer a complete ‘Start to Finish’ solution, this can take away these stresses allowing you to focus on what you do best. An established garage equipment company can take you through every step of the process. From site meetings, to offering a high-quality drawing service, all the way through to installation of the equipment itself. Even down to assisting with the DVSA application process. So, with these important steps in the process in the hands of someone else, it pays to ensure you are working with an established company with decades of experience in the trade, has a proven track record of delivering top-tier projects, and possesses a first rate understanding of the rules and regulations.
  • Support: It’s good to know that even after we have purchased an item, there is some level of support available to us in case we have issues with the product, or in the worst-case scenario the item is faulty. The same applies when you purchase garage equipment so making sure you have an excellent aftercare service on hand is important to ensure your equipment is serviced and maintained to keep it operating for years to come. Also, staff training on how to operate the equipment supplied correctly is key to maintaining a safe working environment and increasing productivity. A garage equipment supplier should offer you all of this but to what extent? Ensure you work with an established company that has an outstanding track record of providing a high-quality aftersales care service to ensure you are covered for years to come after your initial investment.
With these steps in mind, you should not only be well on your way to making the correct purchasing decisions when it comes to MOT equipment for your workshop, but also what type of company you should be putting your trust in with such an important task. Did we mention that we can offer everything stated in this post and more?  Want to find out more? Contact our dedicated projects team today on (01295) 768373 and select option 1 at the menu. Or alternatively, you can email them at [email protected].