Cheap PAT Testing
It sounds like a great bargain doesn’t it?
- 30p a test, wow, how much money can that you save you on your portable appliance testing?
I can see you working out your savings now…
Of course you’re going to book them
Did you do due diligence?
You wouldn’t buy the cheapest pair of shoes you see, or use the cheapest plumber, so why go to the cheapest PAT tester?
Cheap usually means 2 things:
- Potential for higher costs elsewhere
- The supplier not doing a good job
Also watch out for price guarantees, they usually lead to rip offs or issues later down the line.
Let’s presume you chose this company because of the cheap pat testing, per test price…
They’ve been to do the job and your invoice arrives; it’s for well over the estimated amount.
But how can this be? You worked out those huge savings
Well, what you failed to do was read the terms and conditions, which clearly stated:
They quoted you per test
- That’s 1 (inspection) or 2 tests on class 2 appliances
- 1, 2, 3, 4 or even 5 tests on class 1 appliances
You didn’t take that into account. They charge for the inspection, they charge for the earth test, they charge for the insulation test, and so on… suddenly 30p a test is £1.20 per item and it’s no longer a great deal.
They’ve also replaced 46 plugs (that didn’t need replacing) at £2.00 each, and 163 fuses at 50p each; the vast majority didn’t need replacing but it’s a nice money spinner for them.
Additionally they’ve also charged 50p to test every socket – all they did was stick a plug in socket tester in each one, and they didn’t need to do it but it’s there in the small print so they did it – all 74 of your sockets cost 50p each.
But it’s too late; you agreed to their terms when you agreed to their quote price and got them in to do the job.
When you’re arranging your PAT, make sure you know what you’re paying for is what you’re getting.
Cheap PAT Testing usually means a rip-off
Cheap PAT Testing may seem appealing, of course these days everyone is looking for the cheapest price, but try to remember that cheap when paying per item is like the old piece-rate in factories – it leans more to quantity than quality.
Cheap pat testing, lets’ use the 30p per item example means that the tester (who is likely being paid even less) has to work extra fast to make a living; the tester likely getting 20p per item needs to test around 500 items a day to make £100.00; to cover his wages and travel costs. He’s not going to hang around waiting for your staff to log off, nor is he going to tidy messy cables, open plugs which uses precious seconds or change faulty plugs.
And I can hear you saying, well when something goes wrong that’s his problem, well it’s not actually – the regulations put that responsibility firmly on your shoulders; so when an issue he missed leads to a serious accident later it is you that is going to take the blame in the investigation because you didn’t do due diligence when finding that PAT company.
You chose a cheap pat testing company, over a quality company. Paying a pound an item is a much more acceptable figure; a pound an item (or equivalent there of) means the engineer can afford to take time out to do tasks he isn’t directly earning money for, leaving you with safe electrical equipment.
Remember we may charge a pound per item but we:
- do not charge per test keeping your costs down
- do not charge to do remedial repairs
- do not charge to replace faulty plugs
- do not charge to replace faulty fuses
Talk to us about your PAT testing needs – we guarantee you the BEST price for the service you need which guarantees high standards and a safer working environment