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The Dark Knight

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#435975 New Forum Area For Dealer Trouble & Consumer Advice

Posted by The Dark Knight on 11 December 2014 - 05:36 PM

Hi guys,


Just in case you haven't spotted it, there is a new forum area that admin have put together following my suggestion. I have tried to help in such topics with my knowledge (though I am the first to admit my knowledge has its limitations lol).


If you need to make a relevant post, its worth checking out and admin have moved a few old topics there.





#435733 A Sub-Forum For Dealer Trouble & Consumer Advice

Posted by The Dark Knight on 10 December 2014 - 08:46 PM

Sounds good chaps. Just let me know when its up and running and I will spread the word in the Fiesta forum at least. I use that area most unsurprisingly.



#435442 Winter Tyres For St / Zetec S

Posted by The Dark Knight on 09 December 2014 - 08:53 PM

Now we do not know how this person was driving on these icy and snowy roads in Derbyshire this week but in these conditions, winter tyres can make the difference between a damaged Focus and a perfect Focus that evaded or braked with ease.


If something occured here beyond the drivers control and he or she braked or swerved resulting in this, how much will this cost vs buying winter tyres? Not to mention the grief that goes with it.



#433042 Unfit To Drive/drunk In Charge Of A Vehicle

Posted by The Dark Knight on 30 November 2014 - 07:26 PM

I've always thought this was a strange law, I suppose it's a good thing because it gives police power to stop someone from driving drunk before they can start the car, even if some innocent people are arrested.


I'm no law expert, but for a crime to be committed doesn't there have to be an injured party or something like that? If someone is innocently sleeping in the back of their car after a night of drinking, they aren't hurting anyone. Or is it that their altered state of mind supposedly makes it more likely that they will drive home even if they didn't plan to? And if that's the case shouldn't it be an offence to be "drunk in possession of car keys"? lol



In criminal offences where there is no victim in the same sense that there is for an assault or theft, it is a crime against the state. The state is the victim. Drunk and disorderly, S.5 public order (S.4 is where an individual is the victim from memory), affray (causing people of reasonable firmness to fear violence - something like that)

#432834 Unfit To Drive/drunk In Charge Of A Vehicle

Posted by The Dark Knight on 29 November 2014 - 09:34 PM

In answer to gregers, Clive speaks from the officers view but intent to drive or lack thereof isn't the key. The defendant must show no likelihood of driving if it is shown that he is both over the limit and in charge.

#432672 Unfit To Drive/drunk In Charge Of A Vehicle

Posted by The Dark Knight on 29 November 2014 - 10:30 AM

Just to play Devils advocate here, perhaps some members on here have de-frosted the car for their other half one morning so she can go somewhere but you aren't going anywhere yourself as you are suffering from heavy drinking the night before. You could still be over the limit but did it occur to you that you could be drunk in charge?

#431549 Winter Tyres

Posted by The Dark Knight on 25 November 2014 - 10:46 PM

You probably spotted this video in the link to the other topic I posted but worth posting again here. Who would have thought a BMW M3 could plough through snow? :lol:


#431453 Winter Tyres

Posted by The Dark Knight on 25 November 2014 - 06:37 PM

Unfortunately kind of difficult to work from home in my profession! Work will come and collect you, however, getting you back home again after is obviously not as much of a priority!!

I think i'm gonna stick to the summer tyres and get some snow socks, hopefully they'll get me out of a mess if I get stuck!

Sent from my Nexus 4 using Ford OC mobile app


Snow socks are a reasonable compromise. Just remember that you have to remove them once back on cleared roads or they will shred/tear pretty easily. Bit of a faff putting them on and you may get cold fingers.


As I've said, if you can afford to buy them, that removes the only negative aspect of them (short of guaranteed mild winters every year with temps always above 7C - Highly unlikely even here).


The naysayers who I've spoken to at work sometimes boast how they have managed to get traction ok, they drive to the conditions and slow down with the gears etc but they've missed the point.


Of course, even with winter tyres you can't do much to stop idiots on the road who don't know how to drive but if the occasion ever calls for sudden braking, for reasons beyond your control (been there), you will be able to pull up far sooner than on summer tyres. You also feel more at ease knowing your tyres are up to the job. Naturally, you still drive appropriately.


Then there's the grip and turn in which is far superior. It doesn't matter to me what you choose to do because I know I've made the right choice and I just want to inform others of the key points. I've been driving on winter tyres for the last few weeks and temps reached 13C (typical). Did they feel bad? Not one bit.


Moist roads at -2C this morning, did they feel better? Yes, much better. It felt like driving on bone dry tarmac. Very sure footed.


This video is well worth watching as it shows the difference in the rain at +4C as well as the snow. The difference in stopping distance is rather alarming.


#431119 Winter Tyres

Posted by The Dark Knight on 24 November 2014 - 08:46 PM

not really, the Avon ZV5's i have seems to have a good tread design that i think will do just fine in snow/slush


Dangerous assumption. Firstly though, if they were snow tyres, they would be a waste of money. As they are winter tyres, anything below 7C and you are onto a winner. Above 7C and they are still good, they aren't suddenly going to become diabolical.


Worth reading my post here (apologies for it being long winded) as I speak from experience.


I went through the winter of 2008/2009 in a Fiesta ST with summer tyres that I thought had good tread and I always drove to the conditons. Winter tyres are a waste of money when you drive appropriately and have good quality summer tyres I would boast. Then I had an appointment with the kerb. No amount of careful driving could undo the laws of physics.


I went through the winters of 2009/10 and 2010/11 in a Land Rover Freelander with M+S rated all season tyres. The 4x4 abilities were great but unlike some, I drove to the conditions and not like I was invincible. I did notice loss of traction at the back when turning into corners on snow due to the weight though.


I went through the winters of 2011/12 and 2012/13 in a Land Rover Freelander with winter tyres. 4x4's take longer to stop than normal cars so winter tyres can make a big difference. Those winters, I joined a 4x4 response group helping nurses get medication to elderly patients. I went out and about on country roads in heavy snow as part of my duties and appreciated the extra safety of winter tyres.


I went through the winter of 2013/14 aka The Diablo winter because it was so mild, in the Fez ZS with winter tyres fitted. Seldom did they come into their comfort zone it was so mild. Last winter was to mild what 62/63 was to cold though, very rare indeed.


This winter I have the ST and the same set of winter tyres but on spare rims. The tyres (Continental TS850) cost me £350 but while I am using them, I am not wearing out the tread on my normal tyres. Plus the extra safety could avoid a minor accident which would cost more than you would have paid for the tyres.


While ever I can afford to, I will always buy winter tyres. Interestingly, one person I know runs winter tyres all year because she can only afford one set of tyres. The logic is that the winter tyres outperform summer tyres in winter by a considerably larger margin than summer tyres outperform winter tyres in summer.


Have a read through this topic and watch the videos: http://www.fordowner...for-st-zetec-s/

#431110 Incompetent Uk

Posted by The Dark Knight on 24 November 2014 - 08:04 PM

I think part of the problem is that we tend to have more mild winters (like last years garbage) than cold winters and as such when it snows, we are like WTF is this white stuff?! OMG its snow! We're doomed! (see Daily Express and the clown James Madden)


Winter tyres fitted to all vehicles would at least bring an end to the vast majority of cars stuck on snow with wheels spinning but its not cold enough here to justify the enforcement of mandatory winter tyre fitment. Also, even if it was, the same thick tw**s who can't drive to the conditions now, would just think they are indestructible on winter tyres and end up crashing anyway.


It never ceases to amaze me how many people on normal tyres expect to drive up to a junction, brake and expect to stop. Off they slide...


Then there's the health and safety brigade. You can't f*rt near a photocopier at work now without a risk assessment and HSE staff being deployed with chernobyl style radiation suits. (Mind you, if I've had a Vindaloo the night before I can't blame them.)


People don't allow extra time either. I even get up a little earlier when there's a frost just so I've got plenty of time to de-ice, de-mist and drive safely. Unlike the prats who just clear a peep hole.



#429154 E-Bay Seller Doing My Head In!!!!!!

Posted by The Dark Knight on 17 November 2014 - 06:36 PM

Looking back through this and the PM you sent, it seems it was faulty well within 28 days anyway so their argument falls over! You requested a refund within 28 days.

#429152 E-Bay Seller Doing My Head In!!!!!!

Posted by The Dark Knight on 17 November 2014 - 06:33 PM

I'd ask them what makes them think they can enforce the 28 day limit on a refund. They will probably agree that had it become faulty within the first 28 days of purchase, they would have refunded.


Well perhaps we should inform them that any goods that prove to be NOT of satisfactory quality (seems so to me in this case) within 6 months of delivery to the buyer, are taken to have been unsatisfactory from the very day of delivery to the buyer.


I'm sure eBay will sort this but their failure to repair having been given chances means (in my opinion) that you are entitled to request a refund. You must of course tell them that you are rejecting the goods under SOGA and requesting a refund (if eBay don't sort it that is).


Case law supports that all this time spent requesting repair and waiting for replies etc, is NOT to be counted when determining if enough time has passed for the buyer to have accepted the goods in the eyes of the law.


You would also inform them (letter before action) of your intention to take them to the small claims court. Whether you saw that through is up to you but sometimes the threat is enough.

#428520 E-Bay Seller Doing My Head In!!!!!!

Posted by The Dark Knight on 14 November 2014 - 11:25 PM

There's always Sale of Goods Act 1979. They are dealing in the course of a business and you are a consumer.


Expectation of quality etc is lessened with used or re-furbed products but you still have rights. Within 6 months of purchase, the burden is on the seller to prove it was fine when delivered to you as opposed to you having to prove it wasn't.


You are supposed to give the seller chance to repair under SOGA and they have had that chance and failed. You are well within your rights to request a refund but they will claim that sufficient time has passed that shows you have accepted the goods rather than rejecting them.


That argument falls down on the basis that case law (name escapes me now), shows that time taken requesting or carrying out repairs is not to be counted when deciding whether or not sufficient time has passed which shows the buyer has accepted the goods.

#428392 Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Posted by The Dark Knight on 14 November 2014 - 02:20 PM

It is 1.6kg apparently but it's weight is infinite to those who are not worthy lol.

It feels really substantial and just right with the weight. Well pleased with it.

#428211 Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Posted by The Dark Knight on 13 November 2014 - 08:29 PM

Indeed Phil. A couple of weeks ago, I went on eBay whilst drinking whisky (always a bad idea). Ended up spending almost £100 on a proper replica of Thor's hammer, Mjolnir.


It arrived today (from China) and it is brilliant to be fair! It's going on the desk at work as a nice paperweight or useful tool to vent anger lol :P :lol: