I feel more comfortable if I have the vehicle looked at independantly - consider it as someone else marking your exam paper.
I'll come clean, I one missed a fractured rear brake mount on a Harley that I had many years ago - MOT station welded it up before they would let me leave. I did not spot it whilst doing my "pre MOT" inspection,and this is the kind of thing I am talking about.
Then as I say what is the insurance angle on not having an MOT on a vehicle - does anyone yet know what insurers take on it is - will they increase classic vehicle premiums?
I just would want anyone being put into a difficult position simply because the vehicle was not MOTd even though the law allows it.
Perhaps I am just being over concerned, and since only 1 of my bikes is over 40 years old I shall continue to get it MOTd.