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Jemimapiddleduck Thu 06-Apr-17 21:59:05

My DH was set to sit a drivers licence renewal test.

Our cars certificate of fitness was due the day of the test so it would be at the mechanics then.

We realised all of this in a bit of fluster and couldn't reschedule the test.

I suggested he use my mothers car, we explained the situation and she said absolutely fine! I asked if she could make sure it was up to date with everything so he could sit the test. ( we wouldn't expect to get it done if it wasn't - we would have found another way )

DH takes the morning off work, (wages we desperately need) gets up early to make the 1 1/2 drive to collect her car and finds it isn't up to date. He can't sit the test, has lost the half days wages and the test fee $150.00

I'm really really pissed off about this....

TheSnowFairy Thu 06-Apr-17 22:13:42

YANBU. How irritating.

amy85 Thu 06-Apr-17 22:15:39

Did she tell you everything was up to date?

Wolfiefan Thu 06-Apr-17 22:15:51

It's annoying but you have a car and didn't make sure yours was fit to drive before the test. Your fluster isn't her fault. Maybe she made an error.

ViolentDelights Thu 06-Apr-17 22:16:04

Couldn't you have put the car in the mechanics earlier? Which is surely what your mun would have had to do with hers in order to make sure her car was suitable?

PatriciaHolm Thu 06-Apr-17 22:16:23

What did he do the 1.5 hour drive in?

Jemimapiddleduck Thu 06-Apr-17 22:42:03

We had the car in the mechanics two days ago in order for it to be ready for the test. Went to collect car and the mechanic "ran out of time" and couldn't do it until today (day of test) husband drove our car dropped it at the mechanics then collected my mothers car.

He would have arranged to use someone else car if we had of known it wasn't up to date.

Yes she said it was all up to date

Jemimapiddleduck Thu 06-Apr-17 22:42:49

We wouldn't have expected my mother to do anything to her car had it not been up to date - she was doing us a favour.

We would have simply arranged to use someone else's car.

SoulAccount Thu 06-Apr-17 22:46:33

I still don't understand whose car he drove the 1.5 hours in?
And was he allowed?
In the end your Mum is as disorganised as you!

ZilphasHatpin Thu 06-Apr-17 22:47:56

How did he get to your mother's? confused

RebelRogue Thu 06-Apr-17 22:49:20

What do you mean by it wasn't up to date? Has your mum been driving it recently?

ThreeFish Thu 06-Apr-17 22:53:08

You're obviously not in the UK.
You'll need to explain what needs to be up to date in a car to be able to do a drivers test renewal (we don't have them).

Jemimapiddleduck Thu 06-Apr-17 22:57:55

Our car - yes he was allowed.

We were organised to have the car ready for the test then the mechanic ran out of time - hence we then needed to borrow a car.

Our certificate is due today ( legally he can drive it today but not tomorrow, which is why it's at the mechanics today)

Basically it just needs to make sure the tyres, windscreen, braking, doors, windows, steering etc are all ok. It is due either every 6 months or every year depending on the age of the car.

5foot5 Thu 06-Apr-17 23:05:22

I would find another mechanic for next time. He sounds incompetent.

5OBalesofHay Thu 06-Apr-17 23:08:31

Maybe get your shit sorted

Jemimapiddleduck Thu 06-Apr-17 23:18:28

It's frustrating we have just moved and this was a reccomended mechanic. We are not going back to him.

I thought we did have our shit sorted.

Find out Friday DH will be sitting test following Friday. Realise car needs its certificate as it's due the day of test.
Book car into mechanics for Monday
Car is serviced on Monday and they find a repair that needs doing. Will be ready on Wednesday.
Pick up car and repair hasn't been done so it can't get its certificate. The soonest the other local mechanic can get it in and repair done is the Friday of the test.
We ask to borrow my mothers car and also ask if it is up to date, she has yes to both.
Find out it isn't up to date upon arrival

5OBalesofHay Thu 06-Apr-17 23:22:50

Maybe get your shit sorted a bit earlier

Wolfiefan Thu 06-Apr-17 23:25:02

You're clearly not in the UK so people are struggling. Here we have an MOT. You can put your car in for a pre MOT check or get it done early.
Presumably you knew the test was imminent and also when the certificate was due. It's down to you to ensure the certificate doesn't run out. Not your mother.

BanjoStarz Thu 06-Apr-17 23:25:04

If the car was due the day of the test could he not have driven it for the test then taken it to the mechanic?

Or is it like the MOT in the U.K. where if it's due you can only drive it to the MOT centre?

I realise that's not helpful now but I'm fascinated by the idea of 6 monthly tests for cars.

And YANBU if some one says the car is up to date and she knew why you needed it then it should be up to date...you've lost a lot of time and money for no reason!

Jemimapiddleduck Fri 07-Apr-17 00:00:12

We found out about the test on the Friday - how could we possibly have gotten our shit sorted sooner?

You can only drive the vehicle to the testing place the day it's due.

We did realise the car needed its testing - hence why we booked it in! We have only just moved to the area (last week) and needed the car for the move.

Jemimapiddleduck Fri 07-Apr-17 00:00:58

None of that is the point though is it? She said it was up to date when it wasn't - she could have told us it wasn't up to date. That would have been fine

BouleBaker Fri 07-Apr-17 04:13:14

How incredibly annoying. What have said to your mother about it?

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