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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.