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Offline Ian W

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Re: The Car Thread
« Reply #6250 on: Monday 13 May 2019, 01:21:33 pm »
With my new car I’ve got a much clearer set of checklists and instructions for what damage they would charge for, how to return it etc. Maybe because this is a Merc and the other one was just a Smart. Poor relation.

The people in the finance dept are surprisingly bad like, considering how valuable these accounts are.

Offline ED209

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« Reply #6251 on: Wednesday 15 May 2019, 07:43:37 am »
With my new car I’ve got a much clearer set of checklists and instructions for what damage they would charge for, how to return it etc. Maybe because this is a Merc and the other one was just a Smart. Poor relation.

The people in the finance dept are surprisingly bad like, considering how valuable these accounts are.

VW finance are the same, they give you a booklet showing exactly what is acceptable and what will be charged for, even gives dimensions.
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Offline TBG

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« Reply #6252 on: Wednesday 15 May 2019, 07:59:17 am »
I'm pretty sure it's industry standard.

Still, I think it's pretty harsh that they expect a car to be returned in near perfection. My last car got collected with a quarter of a tank left, the guy collecting it complained it wasn't enough for him to take the car to Edinburgh, so what :lol:   

Offline Ian W

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« Reply #6253 on: Wednesday 15 May 2019, 10:47:56 am »
This wasn’t damage TBF, it was missed service. Which weren’t actually missed but they destroyed the receipts.

The guy who actually picked up the car barely looked at it and he arrived in the dark :lol:

Offline ManDoon

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« Reply #6254 on: Thursday 16 May 2019, 01:35:08 pm »
My car's MOT has expired, and the engine management light is on my dash. If I take it for an MOT and it fails (it will) if the repair is a stupid amount of money that I don't want to pay, what are my options? I mean presumably its deemed unroadworthy or whatever and I can't drive it? what happens in this situation?
:lol: I dunno. I'm starting to think it was us.
Trump will do well man. Don't know why but I really feel this will be the case. Really hope it will come to be that way.

Offline Ian W

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« Reply #6255 on: Thursday 16 May 2019, 01:55:26 pm »
Presumably you’re driving it illegally anyway if the MOT has expired, your insurance and/or tax won’t be valid. I think.

Offline ManDoon

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« Reply #6256 on: Thursday 16 May 2019, 02:07:07 pm »
You can legally drive to a pre booked test, but its after the test I'm worried about. I haven't been driving it around out of MOT. I just don't want to be in a situation where they say oh yeah its gonna cost 1k to fix it and my car isn't even worth that.
:lol: I dunno. I'm starting to think it was us.
Trump will do well man. Don't know why but I really feel this will be the case. Really hope it will come to be that way.

Offline Ian W

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« Reply #6257 on: Thursday 16 May 2019, 02:09:33 pm »
Should have realised that myself :lol:

Good question, I guess you would be able to call other garages for prices once you know what the problem is. They might even collect it. But not sure about the law around driving it somewhere else.

Offline ManDoon

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« Reply #6258 on: Thursday 16 May 2019, 02:12:03 pm »
Yeah that's what worries me, it could be anything and I really am not arsed to pay a load for a repair that is more than my car is worth. I don't want it stuck at the MOT centre.
:lol: I dunno. I'm starting to think it was us.
Trump will do well man. Don't know why but I really feel this will be the case. Really hope it will come to be that way.

Offline TBG

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« Reply #6259 on: Thursday 16 May 2019, 02:14:01 pm »
I think you can still drive away (Only to get it fixed) as long as the fault isn't classed as 'dangerous'.

An engine management light being on doesn't necessarily mean it's something serious. Last time mine came on it was just a dodgy spark plug causing a misfire. Cost next to nothing to fix.


Offline ManDoon

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« Reply #6260 on: Thursday 16 May 2019, 02:26:14 pm »
I think you can still drive away (Only to get it fixed) as long as the fault isn't classed as 'dangerous'.

An engine management light being on doesn't necessarily mean it's something serious. Last time mine came on it was just a dodgy spark plug causing a misfire. Cost next to nothing to fix.

I'm praying that's the issue like, its amber so that gives me some hope and the car seems to drive fine. I just don't want it stuck at the garage with spiraling repair costs would rather bin the car off.
:lol: I dunno. I'm starting to think it was us.
Trump will do well man. Don't know why but I really feel this will be the case. Really hope it will come to be that way.

Offline Hhtoon

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« Reply #6261 on: Thursday 16 May 2019, 07:12:12 pm »
I think you can still drive away (Only to get it fixed) as long as the fault isn't classed as 'dangerous'.

An engine management light being on doesn't necessarily mean it's something serious. Last time mine came on it was just a dodgy spark plug causing a misfire. Cost next to nothing to fix.

I'm praying that's the issue like, its amber so that gives me some hope and the car seems to drive fine. I just don't want it stuck at the garage with spiraling repair costs would rather bin the car off.

Are you in a rush to get it on the road? Might be able to get a cheap diagnostic code reader to find the issue beforehand

Offline ManDoon

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« Reply #6262 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 12:12:12 am »
Aye I kind of need it on the road, if the issue is minor then that would be ideal, I just don't want to get to a garage and then be hit with a bill for 500 quid and its not worth paying.
:lol: I dunno. I'm starting to think it was us.
Trump will do well man. Don't know why but I really feel this will be the case. Really hope it will come to be that way.

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« Reply #6263 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 04:13:51 am »
Aye I kind of need it on the road, if the issue is minor then that would be ideal, I just don't want to get to a garage and then be hit with a bill for 500 quid and its not worth paying.

For a car to get through an MOT it only needs to pass some very basic tests. Doesn’t have to have everything working perfectly. Choose your MOT garage wisely as some will go overboard with repair recommendations.

Offline Dokko

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« Reply #6264 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 08:00:11 pm »
£175 on 2 near front tyres.  :dave:

Rears need doing soon, £320.  :weep:

Offline Kevo

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« Reply #6265 on: Saturday 18 May 2019, 08:13:29 am »
Some c*nt has reversed (I assume) into my back passenger door and scratched it all. Probably a few inches in size.

Why just leave? Pricks. Not even that bad as I will be able to touch it up but driving off without a note infuriates me. But I do live in London..

Offline John P

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« Reply #6266 on: Sunday 19 May 2019, 12:05:49 pm »
Now we have a family, we're finally getting around to buying a better car and have been looking at estate options. Don't really want to be spending more than around £8-9,000 and seems we can get a 2015 Insignia / Astra / Golf / Focus with around 30,000 miles on the clock for this price. Anyone have any particular opinion or advice on any of these? Also seen a Hyundai i40 and Octavias for around £9,500-10,000 mark if people think these would be a better option? Mainly bothered about interior and boot space, safety, reliability and economy above everything else.

Offline LoveItIfWeBeatU

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« Reply #6267 on: Sunday 19 May 2019, 12:29:21 pm »
Now we have a family, we're finally getting around to buying a better car and have been looking at estate options. Don't really want to be spending more than around £8-9,000 and seems we can get a 2015 Insignia / Astra / Golf / Focus with around 30,000 miles on the clock for this price. Anyone have any particular opinion or advice on any of these? Also seen a Hyundai i40 and Octavias for around £9,500-10,000 mark if people think these would be a better option? Mainly bothered about interior and boot space, safety, reliability and economy above everything else.

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Offline astraguy

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« Reply #6268 on: Tuesday 28 May 2019, 09:08:40 pm »
Has anyone ever brought a car that's been written off but repaired? It's a Category S vehicle so may be repaired and put back on the road but i've no idea if this affects insurance and you selling it later on

Offline Greg

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« Reply #6269 on: Tuesday 28 May 2019, 09:43:39 pm »
Avoid Cat S, that's structural damage.

Offline nemtizz

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« Reply #6270 on: Monday 8 July 2019, 02:21:16 am »


Ridiculous thing.