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  1. Strongly suggest you get this sorted ASAP. It's only a £80 fine (reduced to £40 if paid within 28 days) but no Tax almost always invalidates your insurance. So, if you are caught driving the car a nasty police office could also do you for no insurance which is a much bigger fine and 6 points on your licence, which means your insurance costs will go up for years to come. And guess what, we have lots of nasty police officers in London.
  2. There is no leeway unless there is an official statement to that effect Taking the chequebook with you would be no good if your registration is read by one of those Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras, unless you intend waving your chequebook at it as well. Your car will not be taxed until the cheque clears not from when they receive it. Any mistake on the cheque will also mean your car is not taxed and you will not know that until they contact you to tell you. If you sent the cheque 2 weeks ago it should be taxed by now unless something went wrong You can use this website link to check if your car is currently shown as taxed
  3. You will be fine, just leave it until the already scheduled service date
  4. Thanks @Lenny That's useful information I did not know I do have my radio codes but they are buried deep in my parent's garage and I won't be visiting them for a couple of weeks I may have to risk unplugging the cluster with the battery still connected as 2 weeks without the radio means I will have to listen to the wife's moaning on every trip Thanks again
  5. If I want to remove the instrument cluster from a 2010 (Mk 2.5) Ford Focus, can I just pull out the connector from the back of the cluster or should I disconnect the battery first? I don't have the codes for the radio at hand so would rather not disconnect the battery if I don't have to Thanks for any replies
  6. Let's be honest it's the so-called smart motorways that are killing people. Anyone could have a legitimate breakdown, through no fault of their own, and be left with nowhere to escape on a smart motorway. Previously, even the idiots that run out of fuel could usually make it to the hard shoulder. I've seen many of them being refuelled by an AA patrol man or other breakdown service.
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    Ouch, maybe worth getting a second opinion on what is draining the battery from an independent auto-electrician Or you can do some diagnostics yourself if you have a meter and are OK with electrical stuff Eric here will guide you through the basic process
  8. You can also get ones that plug into your mobile phone, so no need to hunt down a Laptop if you do not own one
  9. Just take it out and hand it to one of the helpful people in Halfords and repeat the words. "I would like one of these please"
  10. I'm confused, what does security have to do with "accidental collisions"? But since you mentioned it, unattended cars get damaged all the time, in car parks, on the street, in people's drives, late at night, drunks, etc etc etc
  11. In the case of a dashcam it would be for security, would it not?
  12. My dashcam would always drain the battery (enough so it would not start) after 4 days of not using the car In the end I had to rewire it so it was only on when the car was running
  13. Why? Getting in the car and taking it for a run for an hour, once per week, then straight back home should not pose any risk to anyone and it's a lot safer than risking a flat battery and then having to get on a bus to go to the supermarket
  14. Secretly set your phone to record all conversations with the dealer. You can use it against them if they later retract something you say they said.
  15. Sounds like the perfect security device to me. If no one knows how it works how will they bypass it?