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The Dark Knight

Member Since 08 Mar 2013
Offline Last Active Aug 26 2015 07:55 AM

#515837 Taken Delivery Of New Focus Defects!

Posted by The Dark Knight on 25 August 2015 - 10:03 PM

If its brand new, it will be straightforward but if it is used or even ex-demo, some wear and tear is expected.

#513377 Arnold Clark- Mis Sold Vehicle, Only Paid Deposit

Posted by The Dark Knight on 18 August 2015 - 06:19 PM

Does the paperwork you signed state 80ps or 100ps? (80 is non turbo I believe)

Did you part with £100 before signing the paperwork?

Your first port of call would be to ask them to double check the car in light of your discovery.

#511936 My Sisters New Fiesta

Posted by The Dark Knight on 13 August 2015 - 07:03 PM

My sister bought an 03 reg Focus earlier this year and it is being kept but now she and her husband have bought a brand new Fiesta Zetec 5 door. It is the 1.0 ecoboost 100ps in that nice dark blue colour. It will be on a 65 plate and she collects on the 4th of September.


I will post photos in due course :D

#511643 Stupid Pedestrian Steps Out Plus A Chav In A Corsa

Posted by The Dark Knight on 12 August 2015 - 05:35 PM



#510657 B&q Staff Knowledge And/or Training Issues

Posted by The Dark Knight on 09 August 2015 - 06:31 PM

It is indeed an offence to not comply with SOGA requirements as opposed to acknowledging them but disagreeing with the customer and choosing to fight the case.

It is rare to see such a dismissal or lack of knowledge of statutory rights. I didn't need to argue it with her but I found it interesting. It could be just a training issue and the manager would probably concede when confronted with SOGA knowledge. All speculation of course.

#510333 A Couple Of Incidents Plus A Vauxhall Corsa Epic Fail (not Mine)

Posted by The Dark Knight on 08 August 2015 - 04:49 PM

I've just found these videos on YouTube (dashcam network) and the woman admitted the crash for cash scam in the 2nd video.


In this video, skip to 6:37 and watch the Corsa chav get a comeuppance. Luckily his idiotic driving didn't take any other cars or pedestrians out.


#509133 Don't Go Through Red Lights

Posted by The Dark Knight on 04 August 2015 - 09:05 PM

The driver of that Corsa must be a 'Jeremy Hunt'!


It was an Astra but yes the driver was a C U Next Tuesday

#509089 Don't Go Through Red Lights

Posted by The Dark Knight on 04 August 2015 - 07:46 PM

Speaking of dashcam network Ian (and apologies for the topic hijack), check out this latest offering on their Facebook page. This is just a few miles from me and I know the stretch of road well. Imagine turing right (or even left for that matter) out of the A38 exit in the images below, thinking all is well from your observations and that you can comfortably make it before the approaching small hatchback reaches you. Then all of a sudden Mr D.Head is coming at you full tilt in his Vauxhall POS.




The view to the right from the right turn (better view than you would have from your car):




The view to the right from the left turn (again a better view):



#508731 Don't Go Through Red Lights

Posted by The Dark Knight on 03 August 2015 - 10:43 PM

Jeez. What a tw*t! These berks drive through red lights all the time and here is what can happen! As my dad always says, they are fully paid up members of the 'It'll never happen to me brigade'


Do you follow dashcam network Ian? They have a YouTube channel and Facebook account. I sometimes send them clips via Facebook and they would love to see this.

#505165 Timing Belt Snapped

Posted by The Dark Knight on 22 July 2015 - 08:10 PM

I know about your legal rights but I am fairly sure that the timing belt is something that would be expected to wear down and I thought it was every 40-60k miles (although you are under that mileage to be fair).


I take it you have had the car from new? Has the belt snapping caused any other damage? I have heard that belts cost around £90 plus fitting obviously.


I do not have mechanical knowledge so someone else can advise on that but on a 6 year old car, I can imagine it being very difficult indeed to force a repair under the Sale of Goods Act.

#502539 In The Car For 3 Days Crash..

Posted by The Dark Knight on 13 July 2015 - 03:59 PM

We should also remember that the police in their capacity as an emanation of the state, are under a duty to protect peoples right to life under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. This right is absolute and is not subject to certain exceptions unlike Article 8 for example.


This means that in a serious RTC, the police should attend and where necessary draft in paramedics and the fire service. The family could in theory bring a claim that the police have breached the deceased's human rights by failing to attend.


The state is under an obligation under the article to protect life by way of effective policing and a criminal justice system. The state can take a life through say armed police if that force is no more than absolutely necessary to protect the lives of others.


In Osman v UK the UK courts had decided that the police were immune from a negligence claim after the family argued the police had failed to act which led to some of the family being shot and wounded and/or killed. This immunity stemmed from Hill v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire. The European Court of Human Rights decided after careful consideration that although the police were under a duty to protect lives under Art 2, it had not been breached. The immunity granted did however breach Art 6 (right to a fair trial/hearing).


Indeed, the shooting of that chap by police at the tube station in London following the bombings went before the court and the family argued that the state via the police had breached his right to life as he was not a terrorist despite legging it from the police. The court held that there was no breach because the police were acting under tremendously stressful and difficult circumstances and the actions of the deceased gave rise to reasonable suspicion that he was indeed a terrorist and could be about to set off a bomb. The shooting of him was deemed absolutely necessary to protect others even though hindsight proved he wasn't a terrorist.

#502531 Watch Out For Dealers With Claims Like This

Posted by The Dark Knight on 13 July 2015 - 03:37 PM

I spotted this by chance whilst browsing autotrader today. If you ever see this, the dealer will most likely try to wriggle out of any claims under SOGA by claiming you purchased as a trader. Utter rubbish which will not hold water of course, thanks to SOGA itself, the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 and the case law I mentioned in the consumer tip topic.


Here is the site: http://www.jordancar...otrader-desktop


Here is the wording in question:



all cars are trade sale to the public.


I emailed them (not letting on I know anything) and asked them what would happen if I purchased a car that went wrong. They haven't bothered to reply yet and assuming they don't, that speaks volumes in itself.

#500543 Storm Photographs

Posted by The Dark Knight on 04 July 2015 - 10:20 PM

The rain was biblical I must say. Check out this video I got with my phone and as you can see, I am responsible for some of the lightning! #Mjolnir #Thor


#500404 Storm Photographs

Posted by The Dark Knight on 04 July 2015 - 10:59 AM

I got some sheet lightning photographs last night but did not catch any fork lightning. This hit Derbyshire around 3am:








#499568 Fiat 500 Almost Takes Out A Corsa

Posted by The Dark Knight on 30 June 2015 - 10:42 PM

To be fair, it is only right for me to say that the Corsa was wrong for making the assumption all would be well and going for it. I guess the Fiat's dodgy late indication and movement offers mitigating circumstances.


Just focussing solely on the lorry and removing the Corsa from the equation altogether, I believe that if the Fiat had indicated and moved over sooner as per the photographs, the lorry would not have presented such an obstacle. The Fiat would then be where that silver Saab was at the beginning of the video and due to taking a wider line than sticking to the insider of the roundabout, would also have arrived at the turn off a fraction later than it did in the video.