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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:22 am    Post subject: PORCHE TECH - North London Reply with quote

http://www.porchetech.co.uk/porchetech-contact-info

Despite the spelling, does anyone know if these guys are any good? I need to locate a reputable garage for an MOT for my 997.2.

I'm based in North London, and found these guys via quick Google. If anyone has any experience of these guys, or can recommend another reputable garage in the vicinity, please share your infinite wisdom.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sid at Porsche-Torque is well regarded on here, he is based out Uxbridge way.
Portiacraft at Mill Hill Circus are a well known outfit.
JAZ, they used to be based at Wembley, they are now just of the A405, South of St Albans.
OPC Hatfield.

Of those listed, I only know that Hatfield carry out their own MOT. Might be worth checking if the others outsource the test or do it themselves.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You won’t go wrong with Sid at Porsche Torque
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just an MOT? You don't need a porsche specialist for an MOT.

However, for work on your car, look up Matt at Porschacare, he was head mechanic at Portiacraft for 15+ years and is based in Welwyn Garden City just up the A1, and knows more about 911's than anyone I've come across.

btw, people like this can't use "Porsche" in their name, hence them being Porche or Porscha......
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had them look over my leaky exhaust on my 996 before, Andy seems to know his stuff. Didn't actually get any work done (fitted a new exhaust instead) but my impression was positive. I don't think they're the cheapest but you're paying for the central(ish) London location.

For an MoT however I'd just go to kwik fit for £25 and view your car being Mot'd.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FRP wrote:
You won’t go wrong with Sid at Porsche Torque


Another +1 for Sid.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've used PorcheTech several times, excellent service and Andy and the team there are very good. They're my indy of choice.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kwikfit - £25, and normally a couple of £s back if you book through quidco.

An MOT is the same whether you have a Yaris or a 997.2!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jerzybondov wrote:
I've used PorcheTech several times, excellent service and Andy and the team there are very good. They're my indy of choice.


Surely they would be able to spell Porsche correctly? Dont know
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah Kwikfit is all the same

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-17094927

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2359305/Kwik-Fit-mechanics-accused-ripping-customers-quoting-work-didnt-need-free-brake-tyre-test.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1j7733DfDM3jcXJfWGPM49P/inside-kwik-fit

http://www.name-n-shame.co.uk/kwik_fit.html

http://garagewire.co.uk/news/kwik-fit-charges-for-unnecessary-work-in-undercover-sting/

https://www.ephotozine.com/forums/topic/kwikfit-horror-stories-88365

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/kwik-fit-mechanics-tried-trick-customers-2041443
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually use Halfords, never had a problem or been recommended work that didn't need doing.

BTW I doubt PorcheTech will have the ability to give you an MOT, they will just drive it to a local MOT station and charge you for the privilege.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

isysman wrote:
Yeah Kwikfit is all the same

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-17094927

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2359305/Kwik-Fit-mechanics-accused-ripping-customers-quoting-work-didnt-need-free-brake-tyre-test.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1j7733DfDM3jcXJfWGPM49P/inside-kwik-fit

http://www.name-n-shame.co.uk/kwik_fit.html

http://garagewire.co.uk/news/kwik-fit-charges-for-unnecessary-work-in-undercover-sting/

https://www.ephotozine.com/forums/topic/kwikfit-horror-stories-88365

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/kwik-fit-mechanics-tried-trick-customers-2041443


There will always be horror stories on google.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poker2009 wrote:
isysman wrote:
Yeah Kwikfit is all the same

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-17094927

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2359305/Kwik-Fit-mechanics-accused-ripping-customers-quoting-work-didnt-need-free-brake-tyre-test.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1j7733DfDM3jcXJfWGPM49P/inside-kwik-fit

http://www.name-n-shame.co.uk/kwik_fit.html

http://garagewire.co.uk/news/kwik-fit-charges-for-unnecessary-work-in-undercover-sting/

https://www.ephotozine.com/forums/topic/kwikfit-horror-stories-88365

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/kwik-fit-mechanics-tried-trick-customers-2041443


There will always be horror stories on google.


They’re not on google, they’re on BBC, Telegraph, Mirror etc. And it means there are reasons to not use them. I’d never trust them with my car.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the last 8 years, I have failed once on a bulge in one tyre, and once was "quietly told" my number plate light was out, and to have it changed straight away - perhaps it depends on which branch and how decent the Tester is.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I live in North London (N10) and took my car to JAZ for the MOT. Portiacraft are nearer but JAZ have always looked after my Porsches since they were based in Wembley.

JAZ take it to a local garage on the same industrial estate for the MOT. So you're probably wondering why pay JAZ when I could take it anywhere for half the price. Well it's because if it fails on anything I will leave it with them to sort out and they will get the re-test done.

Yes, I pay for the privilege but I don't have the time to be traipsing from one place to another.
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for the suggestions. I've booked into PT for Thursday. Will let you know how I get on. From dealing with them on the phone, they seem to know their stuff.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still don't understand why you need a porsche specialist for an MOT.

Use your local for an MOT. If something is wrong, then if it's something which needs a porsche person to look at then use them, but an MOT isn't going to find things which need a porsche specialist, it's more likely to find you need a tyre.........
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many .. many years ago i got my wife to take her car for an MOT at kwik fit .. they failed it on shocks and brakes and said it was dangerous to drive and that they couldn,t let her take it away ..

After the tearfull phone call i had a chat with the manager pointing out i was a mechanic that had looked at the car and there was nothing wrong with it .

Also pointed out they had no power to stop anyone takeing their car away and i asked for an appeal form ..


It passed 10 mins later .

If in doubt .... ALWAYS ask for an appeal form ....

But that was a long time ago.

Any garage can mot ANY car .. it doesnt have to be a Porsche garage and the rules should be the same where ever you take it .. thats the official answer anyways .
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Years ago when I first started working inn the motor trade I started out in Kwik Fit, I can tell you the amount of dodgy things went on it was unbelieveble, being young etc, we were told when doing inspections on suspensions to spray WD40 on the shock absorbers and tell customer that its leaking. Then there are lease hired vehicles that come in for tyre change and when they get their tyre changed the receipt copy is filed away for guarantee, we the guys used to do is trace back 3 months of the guarantee which by then the paperwork has been signed of by insurance etc then we got old tyres and swap them for new saying that there is a defect in the tyres so we got new tyres and old tyres were sent back.... , private work behind closed shutters after hours was like West Coast Customs Garage, 5-6 cars at a time carrying out repairs, engine swaps, welding, oil servicing , lowering suspensions, fitting sports exhaust....the list goes on..... , I wouldn't go no where near kiwk fit lol... but was fun days...

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

resigner wrote:
Still don't understand why you need a porsche specialist for an MOT...


Of course you don't. However a Porsche specialist should be able to give sensible advice on any marginal issues. For example, my indy advised that one of the track rod ends will need replacing soon, not even advisory but there was some very slight sign of play. The experience of seeing lots of 911s.
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