On Monday morning, bright and early, the car went in for an oil-change plus an MOT at my local BMW main dealership in Aberdeen. The service was not a problem especially as I had switched off both dash-cams so as not to observe the workshop procedures. Apparently filming them somehow contravenes 'health & safety' and 'data protection' - Hmmmm? I supplied Mahle filters bought on-line for £38 from autopartspro.co.uk and sent from Germany within 48 hours. I also supplied genuine BMW oil bought online from Lloyds BMW at £11 a litre. (Sorry Cotswold) I was charged £84.30 for labour. So providing one's own parts saves a fair bit - approx £90 in this case. The service dept. was happy to do this as the alternative would be that I go to an indy garage and the dealership get no work from me at all. After two cappuccinos and an espresso (no croissant were in sight on Monday) I was presented with the MOT result - a resounding fail - and a few advisories. The advisories were the usual - Firstly - 'items in the driver's field of view' - a Wayfinder compass and altimeter. and my trusty Scanguage II Both front tyres worn - they are 3.8mm according to the video of the 'complimentary free vehicle check' they sent me by e-mail. Front brake pads worn - 3.2mm left and will need replacing 'soon'. Now to the biggie - why the fail? I have Adaptive LED headlights and the nearside one was not behaving itself - i.e neither adapting - nor self-levelling. So back into the workshop for an investigation as to why. " It's because the mechanism is broken" was the 'technical report' - "You need a complete new headlamp unit and they don't come cheap!" "Ah, but I have BMW Protect" says I. An eyebrow slowly raised and the Service Adviser guy goes off - he comes back after a few minutes to inform me that he has located the 'only one in the UK' and that it will be delivered to the workshop by nine o'clock the next morning. So a brand new 2 series convertible was produced and we set off for home. Tuesday morning - true to his word around 11.00 the Service Adviser phones to say the car is ready to collect - headlight fitted and checked, and MOT passed. No charge for headlamp, fitting time, re-test or the loan car. I did ask what the cost might have been without MOT protect - the headlamp unit costs an eye-watering £975 - I didn't ask if that included VAT and fitting as I was in a state of shock - happy shock that I wasn't going have to empty the wallet to fix it. I think that my BMW insured Warranty might well have covered it - but that would have meant I was liable for the excess I have on the policy. Further evidence (if any is needed) that it is very necessary to have some form of protection in place against the big bills that are inevitable if one drives a complex piece of machinery full of electronic wizardry. Also of course that it pays to stay on good terms with your local dealership.