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SBP
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Just need to know whether anyone who's with BSM had to pay extra on the day of their test for some reason?
Haven't had my test yet, but my instructor is saying that before it starts, I have to meet up with them and go over some stuff which they're charging extra for?!
Anyone else with them had to do this?

[Don't bother if you're not with them, I'm already aware about their ridiculous prices and don't need it to be rubbed in :rolleyes:]
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~Kirsty~
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I have heard stories about some instructors doing this but not all - depends really.
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Lara C.
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BSM are second to none, and their prices are standard. you will have to pay extra for the day because you will require 2 hours, so thats how much it will cost. you cant expect to pay for 1 hour and be using the car for say 1:45 mins.
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DJW
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As above - they're not charging "extra", they're charging what they would normally charge to have the car for two hours.
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I had to pay for the lesson before my test is that what you mean?
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~Kirsty~
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Oh no - i menat some instructors charge more than the 2 X 1 hour lessons. The instructor i know who lives next door at home used to be with BSM and he charged normal rate but he said most charged upto £75 for the 2 hour slot.
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(Original post by ~Kirsty~)
Oh no - i menat some instructors charge more than the 2 X 1 hour lessons. The instructor i know who lives next door at home used to be with BSM and he charged normal rate but he said most charged upto £75 for the 2 hour slot.
With what justification? My instructor didn't do that for any of my tests
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~Kirsty~
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mine didn't either - some do, some don't. Theres not really a justification - just a quick way for some instructors to get more cash.
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He didn't mean the total of car hire and the test fees (which go to the DVLA, not BSM), did he? I think the test is about £48, so on top of the car hire, it would be about that amount.
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~Kirsty~
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I didn't mean both either
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Book your lessons and what not through the office instead of through the instructor.
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Haha, I think everyone's getting the wrong end of the stick...:p:
Basically needed to know why my instructor was charging me extra on the day of the test, but failed to tell me that I was having a quick lesson before hand! She just told me that today, so it's all cleared.

Cheers for the help though anyway
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~Kirsty~
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Yep - you usually get 1 hour lesson before a test, then another hour for the test, so 2 hours.
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On the day of my test my instructor charged me for TWO hours. One for 40 minutes before hand going thru stuff e.g my emergency stop and then charged me the second hour for when i was on my test!. Because even tho we are not having a lesson he cant actually use his car to teach someone else and he has to wait for you lol so therfore counts as a nother lesson.
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every instructor charges for 2 hours - 1 for the lesson and oen for the test as you are using their car.

they shouldt charge more than their hourly rate JUST because it is the test of course.
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SBP
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oh I see, didn't think about the fact that they're charging me for using the car etc.
still think its ridiculous though; paying for the lesson before is fair enough, but paying for the test AND using the car...dear me :p:
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I don't think its unfair. My driving instructor had 3 tests in 2 days. Due to the silly times tests are usually at its usually a waste of a morning or afternoon for the instructor for one test. Instructors often do not make anywhere near the level of income advertised. Plus the test fee doesn't go to your instructor is goes to the 'DSA'.
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(Original post by SBP)
oh I see, didn't think about the fact that they're charging me for using the car etc.
still think its ridiculous though; paying for the lesson before is fair enough, but paying for the test AND using the car...dear me :p:
Not really - as has been said before they have to cover running costs (fuel, wear & tear on tyres, etc) of the car while you're driving it around for 40mins, and they won't be able to take anyone else for lessons then, so they have to cover that time.

And you need to pay the DSA for hire of the examiner, hence why you have to pay for the test.


Now, charging more than the regular lesson price for a test - that's unfair.
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DJW
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If you don't wanna pay for the car aswell as the test get your own car, simple as.

You're not paying the same people for both, paying for the test goes to the test centre and paying for the car goes to the instructor/instructor's company.
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