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Three More Useful Websites

Mon, 25 Apr 2005
You can now pay your road tax licence fee over the internet, writes contributor Peter Norman. MOT stations are finally going on-line to VOSA (started April 18, 2005). Once you've been issued with an electronic MOT certificate at the MOT station, you're all set to pay the tax at midnight on the last day of the month

There's also a new MOT info service so that you can check out the validity of the electronic MOT prior to purchasing a second hand car. I couldn't get onto the site, this week, but it'll be another useful pre-purchase check one day.

I've also discovered a brilliant device for checking whether there are any Trouble Codes stored in your car's on-board computer. Last month, the MIL (engine check light) on my 2000 Ford Focus lit up as I was travelling down the M4. Our local dealer wanted £55 just to read the code and wouldn't give any indication of what it might cost to repair the fault after that. I decided to buy a DIY diagnostic tool for £70. Once I'd read the code, I had no difficulty tracing the fault to a wire from the oxygen sensor chaffing against the body. Bit of insulating tape and a cable tie is all it cost above the price of the tool from Gendan. Magic! The tool and OBD knowledge from:

Peter Norman


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