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The Dark Knight

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The Dark Knight last won the day on March 29 2015

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  1. This woman crossed the road at the top of a slip road onto the A38 and never once looked up! The stills show her lack of awareness. She made it to the pavement by the time I was level with her but I think this is one occasion I probably should have sounded my horn! She was also very leisurely about crossing the busy road I might add!
  2. Absolute bell end in the Fiesta!!
  3. The emphasis here is on the word should. It's a guide as to how long it should last but not that it necessarily will as there are so many variables. Have you had it since new? High mileage for 2013. My 08 Golf TDI only has 62k miles on the clock. I believe a cambelt is wear and tear so you might struggle to bring an argument of satisfactory quality using your statutory rights. Have you tried an independent garage? See how much they charge and get them to inspect it to see what their opinion is.
  4. Close call on the roundabout! Falling snow, high winds, frost and very slippery driving conditions. This idiot overtook in a 30 before tailgating me down the hill at speeds of 40-50mph. Absolute idiot. - Excuse the crap audio from the rear camera!
  5. Twas a Corsa indeed. The car in front was a Toyota ;) (I think)
  6. Got this footage on my way to work this morning. I got out and gave both parties my details and informed them that it was caught on my dashcam video should their insurers require anything.
  7. If you are happy enough with the contribution then I would say go ahead and just hope for some extra from Ford. I can't see Ford refusing just because repairs have started. Their dealer wants to get things moving anyway.
  8. Yes its the cost of repairs that you would be claiming for so its under £10k. Keep us posted.
  9. You can ask for a full breakdown of what was and wasn't done when it was serviced that's a starting point. In any legal argument against them, they will play the oil card. What I mean by that is they will say it is your fault for not keeping a check on the oil and assuming it was fine. I am not saying they are in the right, just brace yourself for their attack. Also, in any legal argument you will need to prove the fault occurred as a result of some manufacturing defect as opposed to a fault of your own. This would mean appointing an expert mechanic so its useful if you know someone who knows someone etc. to save costs. If you are wondering what I mean by legal argument, in simple terms its your statutory rights under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 or if you purchased before October 2015, the Sale of Goods Act 1979. This is separate from the warranty and unaffected by any small print. What you would be doing is using the law to force the dealer to repair the car at their expense rather than yours. Clearly, there is a lesser expectation of quality with used cars than with new cars but its still only a 4 year old car. This all sounds daunting but the reality is that the small claims court is very informal and far removed from what you probably envisage. If you lose: You pay the costs you have racked up to get to court - The end If you win: They foot the bill for the repair and they pay your costs These things rarely get to court to be honest so its like a game of poker. If you want to read a real world example of this, please settle in with a nice drink and read this topic: Thanks
  10. Lane hoggers are a pain but in terms of safety, the van picked a bad place to undertake and the Focus really didn't need to break the sound barrier to get past!
  11. Hi, The right to a refund is 30 days from when he collected the car so in theory that has gone. You could argue though that any amount of days spent requesting repairs or having them carried out can be deducted off that. So, for example, if you have had a car for 40 days but have spent 20 days requesting/waiting for repairs and/or having repairs carried out, the law is that you have only had the car for 20 days. I've heard of garages claiming that clutches aren't covered by the warranty and saying its a wear and tear issue but with such low mileage, I can't see them trying that here. I don't know if the fault is a regular occurrence though so it might be useful to ask about that in the Focus forum.
  12. Not my footage but horrendous driving
  13. Indeed. She wasn't getting it despite me telling her I had a degree in law and studied consumer law as part of that. Ignoring her is indeed the best option. It would cost her £35-£60 at court plus petrol costs to get here for a rant. Just £100 and she's back to normal. No hassle.
  14. Hi guys, Way back in March, I sold my 4 winter tyres and alloys on eBay as I prepared to hand back the ST. Just this week, the buyer sent me a message saying 2 of the wheels are buckled. Firstly, if they are and I don't have any reason to think she's lying, I was completely oblivious to it as the car drove fine. Secondly, I spoke to the mobile tyre fitter today who came out each autumn and spring to change the wheels over for me and he said the wheels were brilliant and balanced just fine and well looked after. He would support me all the way. He said she's trying it on. Anyway, more messages came in that said they could not be repaired and were dangerous. She demanded a full refund under SOGA as they are not fit for purpose. I put her in her place there as it is the Consumer Rights Act 2015 now and the implied terms about quality and fitness for purpose don't apply to private sales. I am not a trader. Goods still have to be as described but I never claimed in my advert that they were perfect. They were advertised as used alloys and tyres. Plus the advert has long since been deleted from eBays servers! She went on to copy and paste stuff about being entitled to a refund under consumer law. I tore her argument apart again but she wasn't getting it. I also told her she's had them for over 6 months so anything could have happened in that time she's had them! Then she changed tactics and said she'd spoken to a solicitor who said she had a case and her neighbour is a magistrate who would testify that they had been stored in her garage since purchase as they are winter tyres. Several threats were made about small claims court so I just said do it then. She then said they could be repaired at £50 per wheel and she would be happy if I paid for one wheel. I ignored this. Let's not forget that some people fit winter tyres as early as September so I stand by the above that anything could have happened in that time. Throughout this, she said she would be turning up at my house with the wheels today. I then said go through the proper channels for small claims. I told her to cease contact with me and to not turn up at my house or it would become a case of harassment. She ignored that and kept firing messages at me and said she would be coming over. I ignored the last few messages. She wasn't bothered by the mention of harassment and police involvement if she turned up at my house. She said the police would be very interested in me selling goods that are a danger to her and other road users. I didn't respond but the fact is the goods only become a danger if used. Selling them, especially without any knowledge of any faults, is not dangerous. Here we are at Saturday afternoon and no appearance from her as yet. No messsges today. She paid cash and eBay doesn't show my address to anyone except at the time of sale. That information has long gone off eBay so unless she remembers the full address or has it noted somewhere, she doesn't know where I live. So it seems she has been bluffing in a bid to get me to cave in and I called her bluff. Any thoughts or similar experiences?
  15. I think its a lack of forward thinking by the RRS in the first clip. He just thought he would go for it on the straight stretch but underestimated how long it would take to get past. He also overtook into a right turn box and of course there could have been cars pulling out of the side turning. He was certainly closer to me than the camera makes it look. With the Skoda, I was doing almost 60 so he had to exceed that to get past and going up a hill with a dip before a left hand bend. Any sports bike coming around that bend would have been on him before he could do much about it. A bit further up the road was a nice straight stetch! Patience needed!