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Re: MFK at TCS vs MFK at Strassenverkehrsamt

I've also just had a very good experience with the TCS. Yesterday, I got the official MFK invitation from the Canton for my 11 year old Polo for a test date in early January next year. I didn't want that so I immediately did a quick check on the TCS site and found that my local test centre could do a test the next day, that is today, so I booked it.

It had the last service 800Km earlier so, apart from pumping up the tyres and taking it through a car wash I did nothing to it. Normally, I just get my garage to do everything including taking it through the test, which is convenient but expensive. This time I wanted it over with quickly because I didn't want the risk of having to drive it around in snow and ice for an appointment in the middle of Winter. Also, I am not convinced that the Winter wheels (which I have not yet mounted) are of the correct specification and may cause it to fail.

Anyway, the whole thing was very stress free. I just parked in their car park and was actually about 30 minutes early and went in to the office. The guy was very friendly and offered me a coffee and said he could anyway start more or less straight away. I paid my CHF30 and handed over the key. That was it from me. Maybe another 30 minutes later he returned, told me it had passed and said that he had to make some minor adjustments to the lights. That was great. That contrasts with one of my few visit to an official test centre where I had to operate the car during the whole process and respond to all sorts of signals, lights and hand gestures and listen to spoken instructions. That was all a bit like going through an unfamiliar drive in car wash.
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