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The Dark Knight

Member Since 08 Mar 2013
Offline Last Active Jan 13 2015 11:27 PM
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#443889 Woman Drives Car Without Strapping Kids In

Posted by The Dark Knight on 11 January 2015 - 06:56 PM

Online DVLA vehicle checks states that this car is not taxed either...

 




#441662 Dragging/scraping Noise When Braking

Posted by The Dark Knight on 03 January 2015 - 10:49 PM

It has still been doing it today, even after a drive in heavy rain which should have washed some of the crap off. I am going to get it washed tomorrow and see then.

 

I have booked it in at the dealers for the 14th just to play it safe. That was the soonest they had.




#441232 Sticky Topic For Dashcam Videos?

Posted by The Dark Knight on 02 January 2015 - 06:31 PM

Quick sample video which shows the use of RaceRender software:




#441219 Dragging/scraping Noise When Braking

Posted by The Dark Knight on 02 January 2015 - 06:03 PM

Thanks for the input. I will see how it is over the next few days and ring the dealer to get it booked in if needs be.




#441190 Dragging/scraping Noise When Braking

Posted by The Dark Knight on 02 January 2015 - 05:04 PM

The car is certainly due a wash and I guess grit is the main cause. I've been ploughing through a fair amount of snow whilst recording those videos so I guess picking up grit was inevitable. It did happen throughout my journey today.

 

I'll see if it continues after the car has been washed and no harm in ringing the dealer for advice if it persists. I might view the dashcam files to see if it can be heard on there....




#441121 Dragging/scraping Noise When Braking

Posted by The Dark Knight on 02 January 2015 - 02:03 PM

I've had this on most if not all cars I have owned at some point. I seem to recall phoning the dealer once and they said it is perfectly normal.

 

It seems much louder than normal at the moment but we have just had snow recently so a lot of grit will be about. Only when braking at lower speeds, such as town driving.

 

Does anyone know the exact cause for this dragging/scraping noise?

 

Cheers




#441059 Declare To Insurance Company?

Posted by The Dark Knight on 02 January 2015 - 09:49 AM

Still better to be safe and declare though. Don't give them cards to play. What they call a claims department is really an avoidance department.

Their primary objective is to avoid paying out and the staff will be trained to do that where possible.


#440673 Sticky Topic For Dashcam Videos?

Posted by The Dark Knight on 31 December 2014 - 02:13 PM

I couldn't see a topic for this so I wondered if admin thought it might be a good idea. I got the below video today which is nothing drastic but he took up more space than it seems on the camera.

 




#440670 Heated Windscreen

Posted by The Dark Knight on 31 December 2014 - 02:07 PM

It is superb and a very amusing video above! I had it on the Freelander because Ford once owned Land Rover hence their vehicles have it fitted. Aston Martin have them too I believe.




#440061 Heavy Snow Here And A Chance To Deploy Winter Tyres

Posted by The Dark Knight on 28 December 2014 - 10:54 PM

Nice. I took mine off roading sometimes in the Peak District. I think the most difficult was Monsal Dale and the rocky section was pushing the limits of the ground clearance with several rocks clanging into the underside of the car.




#440058 Heavy Snow Here And A Chance To Deploy Winter Tyres

Posted by The Dark Knight on 28 December 2014 - 10:16 PM

Indeed. I had to make cutbacks but the Land Rover I had was just superb in snow. I had a 2011 Freelander 2 XS Auto. Lots of toys on it and terrain response for snow and ice.

 

I also had winter tyres for it which were not really necessary for traction but a 2 tonne Land Rover takes longer to stop should braking be required and I worked for Peak 4x4 Response back then. I went out onto untreated country lanes in snow and ice to help nurses get to elderly patients who needed care and medication so the winter tyres added to the qualities of the vehicle.

 

I even had a proper tow rope (for professional usage) and towed a stranded Beemer to the nearest petrol station/shop and the owner opted to stay over at the nearby hotel.




#439716 Unfit To Drive/drunk In Charge Of A Vehicle

Posted by The Dark Knight on 26 December 2014 - 11:31 PM

With regard to the case of an intoxicated passenger being left inside a car with the keys being a possible offence, would the same apply even if the passenger did not possess a drivers licence? 

 

It's just a thought that popped into my mind as to my knowledge if you don't have a drivers licence it would be assumed that you would have no intention of driving anyway, unless you were in the drivers seat - which would be another case all together...  Could a person without a drivers licence be in the drivers seat of a vehicle legally even if they had no intention of driving (intoxicated or not)?

 

As far as I know, any person without a licence can sit behind the wheel of a car, they just cannot drive it legally.

 

A passenger over the limit in a car with the keys could be (circumstances depending of course) an offence. The offence is not about a driver being in charge of the vehicle, its about a person full stop.

 

Whether they intend to drive or not is irrelevant. Are they in charge? Yes. Are they over the limit? Yes. Then they are guilty unless the statutory defence can be proved. That is when they would argue no likelihood of driving and provide evidence to that effect.




#438255 Boot Load Cover Not Included

Posted by The Dark Knight on 20 December 2014 - 05:21 PM

Only just noticed this topic. This will be down to dealer discretion for a positive outcome at face value. I say this because your SOGA rights would only come into play if they have sold the car and described it as having a boot load cover.

 

This description can be wording in an advert or brochure or photographs they have published on a website or magazine advert. You could try enforcing your rights by saying you thought it was included because it was there when you saw the car and it is perfectly reasonable to assume it would remain in the car after purchase.

 

If they haven't actually described it as having the boot load cover either by words or photo's, they may be able to defeat any SOGA claim by saying (for example) that it was placed in the car temporarily for some reason by one of the staff and the cover belongs to that member of staff. It was never intended to be sold with the car and was never decribed as such.

 

You never know your luck though!




#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.

 

Cheers

 

http://www.fordowner...onsumer-advice/




#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.

 

Cheers