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Stoney871
This is what happened to my car while it was minding it's own business parked outside my home last night.
If the bike rider that did this hadn't broken his leg doing it i might have done it for him.

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gc88
Push bike or motorbike?
GSM
Who are these spineless cowards?

You should get yourself a dashcam! Catch these idiots.
gc88
By the sounds of it they didnt get far...(broken leg)

Stoney, you need to get that tyre inflated to the proper PSI.

Looks like the ones kwikfit inflated for me..
Preee
Ouch ! not good , guessing by the damage it was a motorbike , hope he is insured.
Stoney871
Yep motorbike, fully insured so that's a relief.
Most of it appears to be tyre rubber transfer but there is a pushed in area at the very front of the skirt.
The tyre is flat because he snapped off the valve but the wheel looks slightly toe out so i'm getting it checked for wheel/hub/track rod/track rod end damage before i get the valve replaced and the tyre reinflated.
Annoying thing is the tyre is brand new from last saturday.
My brother-in-law owns his own garage so he's looking to see if the wheel geometry is safe to drive or not.
He'll not do the work though as the car will go to an authorised garage.
Personally i wouldn't trust him to screw in a nail but he'll know more about what he's looking at than i will.
Least i will get a courtesy/hire car while the garage deals.
Knowing my luck and to really rub salt in it will be a fri**ing Corsa (SPIT SPIT SPIT).
Seeing as i need a car to take my dogs to work hopefully something bigger.
Preee
Yes i would imagine it would have knocked the steering , at least he was insured that's the main thing and next time he goes down your road he will be going a little slower
NorthSussex
[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]I bet he felt a right lemon when he found out who's car he had hit, I hope you booked him for careless driving.[/font][/size][/color]
NorthSussex
[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Hey, I've just thought, these things do come in 3s, scary! :( [/font][/size][/color]
Stoney871
He admitted he was in a group popping wheelies so no contest on liability.
Actually its come in fives.
Got a speeding ticket for 40 in a 30 and just sitting town to tea tonight and something kicked off outside.
Ended up nicking someone for assault with a 12 inch combat knife and his partner for racial abuse.
Me, my dog, m.o.e and armed response.
Didn't even get time to take my boots off and back at it again.
Nothing like taking my work home with me.!
Lovely area, never dull.
NorthSussex
[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]It sounds like you live in a lively area, luckily I'm based in a quiet part of the country and only occasionally get posted to work in the city. Sorry to hear about the ticket, I always have Tomtom set to alert me of my speed and the road speed but it can get a bit annoying with the chimes every time I am 3mph over the limit. [/font][/size][/color]
Stoney871
When its a mobile unit you're knackered.
When you're used to tearing around on response duties sometimes you forget you're in your own car.
Stuff happens. Ah well first ticket in 25 years.
Paddy H
Ouch, i feel your pain. Keep us updated on the damage.
Hey and there you were the other day saying how badly you wouldn't trust that member of family in the garage haha. I guess everyones useful for something.
Stoney871
Just had insurance on the phone, car being collected on Monday and courtesy being delivered, bet it will be a heap.
NorthSussex
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[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1344670321' post='200275']
Just had insurance on the phone, car being collected on Monday and courtesy being delivered, bet it will be a heap.
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[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Unfortunately insurance companies loan cars are usually dinky toys like the KA or Corsa, pull rank and tell them about dog transport and animal welfare, if Blacks and other companies can give special terms[/font][/size][/color] [color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]to police and forces, insurance companies should too.[/font][/size][/color] <_<
stef123
[quote name='NorthSussex' timestamp='1344672065' post='200277']
Un


[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Unfortunately insurance companies loan cars are usually dinky toys like the KA or Corsa, pull rank and tell them about dog transport and animal welfare, if Blacks and other companies can give special terms[/font][/size][/color] [color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]to police and forces, insurance companies should too.[/font][/size][/color] <_<
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That's when they will come put with crap like the car isn't For business use and it's a 'courtesy' car... Any excuse.

Hope you get it fixed quick though stoney.
martyntdci
when we had a courtesy car a few years back, we had a new honda civic only a few k on the clock, wasnt as bad as the first car we had, a pug 307 lol. sorry to hear about the news dude, hope you get it back in tip top cond soon
Stoney871
Company is aware that I need a vehicle fit to transport two dogs and that I have cover to transport dogs for work purposes. Hopefully I get something of practical size.
If not I may be able to rent a suitable vehicle on the works ticket.
At the moment I'm having to make my way to work, pick up my patrol car and then having to go home to collect the team.
Its all an aggravation I don't need.
Classic line from the insurance company this morning was 'are you sure it was his bike that hit you?'
Silly sods!
martyntdci
carnt your work lease a van for you then?
Stoney871
They have some old Astra vans but personally I'd rather walk.
Might be able to wangle a transit connect unmarked dog wagon if I ask nicely.
martyntdci
ask, grovel, beg lol. just hate the micra when it comes lol..... only joking the only thing we found out that what the cc of your car is, the courtesy car is the same.. at the time we had the 1.4 mgzr our 2 courtesy cars were both 1.4's just be be coinsidence..... if your doing the 2 runs now, do you can expenses then?
Stoney871
I am keeping all expense receipts.
They are even going to accept my wife's expenses as I usually run her to work too.
gc88
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1344678516' post='200289']
Company is aware that I need a vehicle fit to transport two dogs and that I have cover to transport dogs for work purposes. Hopefully I get something of practical size.
If not I may be able to rent a suitable vehicle on the works ticket.
At the moment I'm having to make my way to work, pick up my patrol car and then having to go home to collect the team.
Its all an aggravation I don't need.
Classic line from the insurance company this morning was 'are you sure it was his bike that hit you?'
Silly sods!
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Round here dog units take their vans home, drive them too and from work!
gc88
[quote name='martyntdci' timestamp='1344679689' post='200298']
ask, grovel, beg lol. just hate the micra when it comes lol..... only joking the only thing we found out that what the cc of your car is, the courtesy car is the same.. at the time we had the 1.4 mgzr our 2 courtesy cars were both 1.4's just be be coinsidence..... if your doing the 2 runs now, do you can expenses then?
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Didnt work that way for me.. I have a 2l petrol, coutesy car was a 1.1 something..

Didn't like the 400mile camping trip it went on...
Stoney871
Well here's an update on the situation.
garage has had a good look at my car-
Dented sill under door,
Wing shifted 1cm forward,
Cracked rim,
Bent track rod,
Threaded track rod end,
Bent droplink,
New tyre needed due to damaged side wall- especially annoying as the tyre was six days old.
So the process now is-
A new wheel and tyre, repair links and rods, wing removed/reshaped/filled and refitted.
Sill needs straightening and respraying.
At least a week until the car is back roadworthy.
In the meantime this is what i have to run around in-

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It's embarrasing really but the strangest thing is i'm getting used to how it drives and am finding that it's a simple and honest car that is easy to drive.
It just doesn't have any teeth.
And NO! i'm not considering a change of badge, it is Ford all the way.
Brigante
Blooody hell mate thats harsh. Even a lorry cutting me up did less damage and I repaired it myself in the end as well as the extra 5 or so problems caused by the bloke who 'repaired' it initially.

Not being funny though but your new motor just had the Missus and I in stitches. Have you tried fitting the dogs in the back yet lol?
Stoney871
The springer jumped in for a look but he's trained for vehicle search so is used to getting into anything from a smart car to a truck.
The Mali looked in and walked away with a confused look.
The collie peed up the wheel. :D
That pretty much sums it all up really.
Brigante
Lmao I think what the collie thinks of it is about right to be fair :P

I just find it hilarious how you said 'Hopefully I get something of practical size' after explaining you need something to transport 2 dogs in.. and you end up with That :lol:

Still..

Better than a corsa (spit) I suppose
Stoney871
It's quite a laff to drive actually.
I just had to pop to the 24hr Tesco and I gave it a good chuck about.
Hilariously some div in a Corsa (hurl retch) tried to tempt me into a burn off.
Usually in my own car they just flash by with white knuckles and a strange fixed look on their face because they sense that it's no use challenging me so just go for it before I twig on.
I just merrily turned off and left them looking like a bloke who's spent all their money on a girl all night buying them drinks to find in the end it's a bloke in drag.
I suppose nobody expects too much from that car but I'm making it nip along quite nicely.
I'm tempted to try handbraking it around a car park just to see if I can.
NorthSussex
[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]I feel your pain, what a heap of poo! That logo on the side says "Keep clear I'm accident prone". I hope you put a disguise on when driving it. :P Only a few more days and you will have a decent car back. I'm now paranoid about parking my car, I think I may put "Police Do Not Cross" tape round it when parked. :) [/font][/size][/color]
artscot79
looks like a deawoo in which case it is a vauxhall corsa im surprised the insurance dont do like for like ill get a focus of some variation should i have an accident it would be hilarious to see that car with the lights and police badges on it
Andy H Dibley
I don't like this thread, it's shattering my illusion that there is nothing and never has been anything faster than a hire/courtesy car! :(
021C
When someone ran into my rear end I was left without my car for almost 3 weeks. When it came to a hire car all I cared about was whether I'd be able to drive it. I explained that as I'm 6'7" and 18.5 stone I don't fit into you average car and I ended up with a new Insignia :/

I appreciate that it was a hire car - however, the lady who dropped it off did say they typically provide much smaller cars considering it was only myself who needed to use it. Either I got lucky or was rather persuasive :)

On a side note - my other half has a Corsa and I can just about move it if required - it's a tight squeeze!

It's amazing how much room you get as a driver of a Focus!

Stu
Stoney871
The car is a Chevrolet Aveo so has input from GM and is apparently also basically a Suzuki Swift.
One thing it does do is make me appreciate my own car more.
Disguise is in place, big ginger beard and a pink wig. :D
GSM
[quote name='artscot79' timestamp='1345106010' post='201276']
looks like a deawoo in which case it is a vauxhall corsa im surprised the insurance dont do like for like ill get a focus of some variation should i have an accident it would be hilarious to see that car with the lights and police badges on it
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The Chevy Aveo goes about with about 12 other names. It's also a Chevy Kalos, a Chevy Lova, a Daewoo Kalos, Daewoo Gentra, Pontiac Wave, Suzuki Swift, etc, etc, etc.

My gf actually drives a Chevy Kalos from 2005, so the older style than the Aveo that Clive has. It's not too bad a car for a first car for a girl. It's a 1.4 engine in hers with 92bhp - my Focus Ghia 1.6 is only 100bhp, so it's not too far off it.

Parked up it's about the same size as a Fiesta.

I don't really enjoy driving it - it's a bit strange. Don't know why. The gear stick is really, really long and it just sounds a bit weird. But it's fine for the other half and it doesn't look too pitiful out in the "drive"! And it was cheap as chips.
Stoney871
Gear stick is very long compared to a Focus one, but seems reasonably precise.
I must have the ghia version as it has ABS and aircon, but manual mirrors and steel rims.
The car is a bit of a mongrel but still better than having a Vauxhall badge on it (retch)
artscot79
you must have the top spec model stoney lol hate gm hate vauxhalls daewoos cheverolets same sxxt with a different wrapper ive always found them to be like those asda trolleys that only have 3 working wheels try as you might its an effort to go round a corner
NorthSussex
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1345115466' post='201299']
The car is a Chevrolet Aveo so has input from GM and is apparently also basically a Suzuki Swift.
One thing it does do is make me appreciate my own car more.
Disguise is in place, big ginger beard and a pink wig. :D
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[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]I'm sure you look lovely in your pink wig, just don't get arrested for soliciting in it.[/font][/size][/color] :D
NorthSussex
[quote name='GSM' timestamp='1345116881' post='201304']

The Chevy Aveo goes about with about 12 other names. It's also a Chevy Kalos, a Chevy Lova, a Daewoo Kalos, Daewoo Gentra, Pontiac Wave, Suzuki Swift, etc, etc, etc.

My gf actually drives a Chevy Kalos from 2005, so the older style than the Aveo that Clive has. [color=#ff0000]It's not too bad a car for a first car for a girl[/color]. It's a 1.4 engine in hers with 92bhp - my Focus Ghia 1.6 is only 100bhp, so it's not too far off it.

Parked up it's about the same size as a Fiesta.

I don't really enjoy driving it - it's a bit strange. Don't know why. The gear stick is really, really long and it just sounds a bit weird.[color=#ff0000] But it's fine for the other half [/color]and it doesn't look too pitiful out in the "drive"! And it was cheap as chips.
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[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Dangerous talk, don't let the girls read it. [/font][/size][/color] :)
Stoney871
[quote name='NorthSussex' timestamp='1345124500' post='201330']
[color=#0000FF][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Dangerous talk, don't let the girls read it. [/font][/size][/color] :)
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Oh you sensitive soul. :P
GSM
[quote name='NorthSussex' timestamp='1345124500' post='201330']
[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Dangerous talk, don't let the girls read it. [/font][/size][/color] :)
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Okay, I better qualify: replace with "girly girl who has no knowledge or interest in cars!"
GSM
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1345117438' post='201306']
Gear stick is very long compared to a Focus one, but seems reasonably precise.
I must have the ghia version as it has ABS and aircon, but manual mirrors and steel rims.
The car is a bit of a mongrel but still better than having a Vauxhall badge on it (retch)
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Hmm, my girlfriend's has electric mirrors/windows and alloys. Hers is "SX" trim, but I have no clue what the trim levels mean for these cars.
Brigante
I dunno Clive mate really sounds to me like you've found a new love interest. You'll be trading the focus in in no time. Reckon if they did an estate version to fit the dogs in back you'd be sold on it :P
Stoney871
[quote name='Brigante' timestamp='1345129897' post='201354']
I dunno Clive mate really sounds to me like you've found a new love interest. You'll be trading the focus in in no time. Reckon if they did an estate version to fit the dogs in back you'd be sold on it :P
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Er... That would be a no.
Anyway, i just got the use of this one for the time being- no Police markings, just the markings on the rear which could be used on any dog vehicle for security companies etc..

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White strobes and standard dog carriers in the back rather than the temperature controlled unit my patrol rig has.
Less likely to get keyed or spat on in my area. (yes my area is quite rough).

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This was the scene last friday evening when i was dealing with a knife attack outside my own house (photo courtesy of the wife with a panoramic view from the bedroom) I had just got my Springer indoors, my mali was still inside.
Good job my kit is all stored in the vehicle.
Showes how stupid the guy was to assault someone with a knife with that parked outside.
The car in front is the armed response team and yes i know that i'm on yellow lines but my road is so busy i rarely get a chance to park in the bays, marked vehicles are useful for some things i guess.
NorthSussex
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1345125751' post='201337']
Oh you sensitive soul. :P
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[color=#0000ff][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Standing up for the girls does have advantages. :) [/font][/size][/color]
Stoney871
[quote name='NorthSussex' timestamp='1345138948' post='201372']
[color=#0000FF][size=5][font=comic sans ms,cursive]Standing up for the girls does have advantages. :) [/font][/size][/color]
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Oh you silver tongued cavallier.
A cunning linguist indeed.
Brigante
Bloody hell mate are people in your area really this stupid?
NorthSussex
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1345139257' post='201375']
Oh you silver tongued cavallier.
A cunning linguist indeed.
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;)
Stoney871
[quote name='Brigante' timestamp='1345139471' post='201378']
Bloody hell mate are people in your area really this stupid?
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It would appear so mate, as i said my area is a tad rough, the lad that got imprisoned for trying to blow up a cafe in Exeter lived in the flats opposite (his mum still does and is a lovely lady), my road is three streets over from the main nightclub area and is never quiet, i suppose i just feel happy surrounded by scum (i couldn't take the quiet life).

[quote name='NorthSussex' timestamp='1345140715' post='201383']
;)
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I'm watching you Stormin' [IMG]http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m522/stoney871/Gifs/evilgrin0040.gif[/IMG]
Brigante
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1345141262' post='201384']
It would appear so mate, as i said my area is a tad rough, the lad that got imprisoned for trying to blow up a cafe in Exeter lived in the flats opposite (his mum still does and is a lovely lady), my road is three streets over from the main nightclub area and is never quiet, i suppose i just feel happy surrounded by scum (i couldn't take the quiet life).
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Sounds like my area mate full of chavy scum bags doing wheelies up n down the road on hairdryers all day long.


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