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Microcat Request

02 January 2015 - 06:41 PM

Could somebody with Microcat do me a favour?

I'm trying to find out if there's a part number for a sealing strip.

The part in question is around the top of the front fog light housing.

It's about 50cm long (give or take) and about a 5mm square cross section. I've found a potential replacement on ebay, but the seller reckons it's only 30cm long. And the part numbers on the label aren't yielding any results

Makeshift Spray Booths

01 January 2015 - 04:00 PM

I'm screwed if I get caught using the toilet as a makeshift spray booth lol

Good job Mum has popped out :P

Silly Games

20 December 2014 - 11:27 PM

Does anyone else play silly games wherever they go?


Mine are shouting "CAR TWIN!!" whenever I see another Avalon Mk2.5 Focus or "Hey, nice colour!" when I see the colour.


I also have a habit of parking next to any that I see...aaannnddd I've started taking photos of it now lol


First one here is at a motorway services last weekend - can't remember which one I was at though

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Second is at B&Q in Fareham

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I also followed one for a while on the M25 last night - was quite amusing (to me)...EO09 --- if you're on here lol


And just for good measure, the one I submitted to the Photo Location Game.  This was taken at The Pear Tree in Cleethorpes back in August

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Come on then folks - post your silly games and piccies :D


Really Annoyed!! Fed Up Of Fob Offs! (Insurance & Accident Repair)

09 December 2014 - 06:15 PM

Seriously wonder how the hell insurance companies can get away with what they do!

As I may have mentioned once or twice (yeah, and the rest...) I had a wee bump requiring substantial work on my car (and wrote off a Micra in the process).


A few weeks went by and I got the car back, paid my excess and off I trotted.


Fast forward a couple of months and I started noticing a creaking and groaning from the front end of the car.  Specifically the nearside.  Took it back to them and got told that because I was a young lad, I might be a little over sensitive!  Nothing was found upon a visual inspection.  So I left.


Whilst in Blackpool on a course, a couple of things happened to annoy me some more.


First of all, I had a letter from my former insurers demanding I pay my excess.  I rang them up to inform them I did when I collected the car.  Ahh, no, this would be the "Young Drivers Excess" - the one I was apparently informed of over the phone when I had the crash.  To be fair, I probably was told - at that time, you could have told me the moon was made of cheese and I wouldn't have noticed!  The letter said I could pay by cheque or BACS - I wasn't in possession of a chequebook, so I rang them up.  I was then accused of trying to dodge paying them - after repeatedly asking for BACS details.  After being told that if I didn't pay, the Police would be involved, because my insurance would be invalidated (yeah, the policy that had expired the previous year...)


I called the accident repair group who didn't have a clue what I was on about.  They arranged for the insurers to contact me back - but be prepared to wait 2-3 weeks.  Meanwhile, I received another threatening letter.  Aaannndddd another call to them...the pillock I'd spoken too had written down on my file that I was point blank refusing payment.  I informed the agent I was speaking to what really happened.  Turns out I was right - I could have spoken to a supervisor when I asked!!  I also requested the BACS details AGAIN as I (still) was not in possession of a chequebook.  A further SIX WEEKS LATER they finally sent me the details I requested.  But they very kindly waived the late fees...out of the goodness of their lying, cheating, stone cold hearts.


Still in Blackpool, I had the same noisy problem again - well, it got noticeably worse (almost a year after the repairs).  Went to the Blackpool branch of the accident repairers.  They had a look - nothing obviously wrong, not evident on the test drive (same story as Scunthorpe, just without being patronised).


I've just put up with the noise until recently.  I had to get 2 new tyres and the tracking done along with some new pads up front and shocks down back - fantastic service from all those involved there.  Unfortunately, the noise got worse!  As the noise was most prominent when steering, I thought it was the steering rack.  Mechanic I spoke to agreed.  Sooo...I rang up the accident repair people and was told I could either a) have the car collected and taken to Hartwell Scunthorpe or at my suggestion, go to Hartwell Grimsby (I can see it from my doorstep).  I was told by Hartwell Grimsby that I would have to pay an £85 diagnostics charge.  I rang the accident repairers back and said I wasn't prepared to pay that - "No worries, we'll collect the car instead"


Which they did - this morning!  This evening they rang me back - "wear and tear to the top mounts, that'll be £85 please" Err...not what I was told...they're now telling me I won't be getting my car back until I pay it.  I was accused of being a liar over the phone - I don't like that.  He claimed to have been stood next to the receptionist when she spoke to me.  Yet he's conveniently neglecting to remember the part where I said that I wasn't prepared to pay the charge and they responded that's fine, we'll collect it! 

That Awkward Moment When...

08 December 2014 - 10:16 PM

...you see your house, your Sister's house and Dad's car on Skint.


Watching the 2nd episode on catchup and one of the "stars" is walking down my road lol


Luckily, it's a fleeting glance of all 3 lol