Today I took my 575M in for its NCT and to my complete surprise it failed! But that was only a minor shock compared the reason for the fail - the tester could not find the VIN stamped on the body! He asked if I knew where it was and I said yes. I then showed the ''technician" the VIN plaque in the engine bay, but this however was not acceptable as he needed to see the VIN stamped on the body.
At this stage I did suggest that it should be part of the technicians core competency to know the whereabouts or have access to this information on the spot, if it was to make up part of the examination of the vehicle. He suggested that he did know where to look on normal cars! As you can imagine that didn't go down too well.
I also advised him that this was the cars 7th NCT, with all previously passed with no faults, and suggested that maybe he was the only one in 7 tests doing his job properly. He didn't get the hint.
In the end I was told the car must be represented within 30 days or no cert.
Now, as there are no faults for me to rectify, I am wondering what this will achieve? Is a new technician going to know where to look for the VIN stamp if it exists thus confirming the previous technician as incompetent, or just issue the cert as the VIN plate does actually satisfy this examination item?
Has anyone ever come across this before?