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#631 OFFLINE   Felly Magic

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 05:51 PM

Insurance is a bizarre thing, I'm sure that they pluck figures from thin air


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 05:53 PM

 

6 seconds in. IIRC the woman chasing after him is Ben Fogle's mum, unless that's another thing I've imagined.


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 07:58 PM

What... what is Michael Winner doing?


Faking whiplash or being a cunt, you decide ;)


(Back story: He got to do the Esure adverts back then because he was a friend of owner Peter Wood. He phoned him up and said how shit the previous adverts were and insisted he could do much better. Wood sacked the ad agency and Winner got the gig.)
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#634 OFFLINE   Ghosty

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 01:28 AM

Esure and Sheila's Wheels are the same company, too - they share offices. Does that explain why Sheilas Wheels ads were awful too?

 

I'm surprised Sheilas Wheels are still going since the insurance sexism thing got put to bed.


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Posted 23 September 2017 - 09:26 AM

Does that explain why Sheilas Wheels ads were awful too?

 

Yes it does. It probably also explains Go Compare ads.



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Posted 23 September 2017 - 09:56 AM

Many years and moons ago I worked for an major insurance company, they do or at least used to 'soft' credit check everyone who wanted to pay via instalments. If the customer had a low credit score, they would stiff them for a higher interest rate on the payments. 



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Posted 24 September 2017 - 04:46 PM

When it comes to insurance I think we can all agree:  URGH!
 
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Today was the big deep clean before the bad weather really sets in.  I've been really, really short on spare time lately so it was a relief the weather was so pleasant for once when I was actually free for a few hours.  Engine bay has stayed very clean since I last did that, so all I did in there was vacuum out the copious amounts of seeds and leaves the Silver Birch trees are shedding all over everything.
 
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I really want to get the paint sorted out professionally.  What I've done myself is fine, it's just not to the standard I want it and since I want something a little bit special on the roof I'm going to branching out beyond what I have the set up to DIY.  I've looked into vinyl wraps for a quick solution and honestly, I'm not sold on them.  Vinyl wraps are too short-lived and expensive compared to actually just getting the car painted nicely and I dislike the way things like door shuts are often left in the original colour.
 
Over the next few months I'm hoping to strip down and rebuild the best of the doors on the car and the spare set I've got so I have no more scratched glass or car park dings and generally try and get the whole thing looking its absolute best.  It will also give me something to actually put in here since it's not a car that really asks for anything so there's rarely anything to report.

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 04:15 PM

I like it
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Posted 17 October 2017 - 08:15 PM

I may have a complete Concerto for you if you're interested?


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 08:15 PM

Er...probably... but where am I going to put a whole one?



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Posted 17 October 2017 - 08:25 PM

Er...probably... but where am I going to put a whole one?

 

I'm not sure but it will provide you with all of the required bits to make your Rover into a concerto. PM where you would like it dropped off and I'll see if I can make it happen.



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Posted 17 October 2017 - 09:22 PM

Hasn't Winner stopped working due to not being alive anymore. I may have imagined that bit, maybe not.

 

I don't actually like him enough to be arsed to check.


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 09:39 PM

Hasn't Winner stopped working due to not being alive anymore. I may have imagined that bit, maybe not.

 

I don't actually like him enough to be arsed to check.

Yes he died a couple of years back.


What's the retail on one of those plumbed in fire extinguisher systems?


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 09:45 PM

Esure and Sheila's Wheels are the same company, too - they share offices. Does that explain why Sheilas Wheels ads were awful too?

I'm surprised Sheilas Wheels are still going since the insurance sexism thing got put to bed.

Elephant, too. And others, you can tell from their identical websites with just a different coloured theme.

On more than one occasion, Sheila's Wheels have provided me with a cheaper quote than their less sexist brands, despite my complete lack of vagina and ovaries.

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 09:58 PM

What... what is Michael Winner doing?  Is this from an advert?


Looks like he's whipping up some 'special sauce' to get revenge on all those chefs he critiqued in his previous career.

Faking whiplash or being a cunt, you decide ;)


Does it have to be one or the other?
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Posted 18 October 2017 - 03:33 PM

It would also be worth knowing that your credit rating will affect your premium. I did some research on this (as I've not got a great credit history) and it does push the prices up - apparently they (the insurers) run credit checks from time to time on people and go from there. Don't quote me on this though, pardon the pun!


Only just spotted this, but I can confirm that they do. Run a quote through one of the comparison sites and if you check your credit history with someone like Expedian afterwards, you'll see loads of credit searches from various companies.

I've got quite a good credit history AFAIK, and out of interest I did a comparison quote on the same make/model of car using a made up name, similar DoB and an address on the same road as me - that quote came in considerably higher than the quote that I had received using my real details despite everything else on the risk profile being identical, which backs up what you're saying as presumably the made up name will fail when a credit check is run against it.
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Posted 18 October 2017 - 04:49 PM

I don’t think it’s so much your score (apart from calculating monthly payment interest) but an ID check. They usually appear as ID/AML checks on the various credit reports.
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Posted 29 October 2017 - 02:47 PM

I track my fuel economy partly because I'm a nerd like that and partly as an early warning system and the result on the last fuel-up has me a little concerned.

Fuel up before last has been very similar to the last one. Slightly more fast road driving, slightly less traffic and slightly warmer temperatures which returned 39mpg

The last fuel up returned only 26mpg

That's quite a drop. I've double checked my figures and they're correct. The car isn't misbehaving, I haven't changed anything between fuel ups, tyre pressures are maintained the same, that sort of thing. It's just a bit alarming to see such a drastic different in numbers when there hasn't been a drastic change in the car or my driving habits.

Hopefully this is just an anomoly. If not, any suggestions on what to keep an eye on?



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Posted 29 October 2017 - 04:07 PM

Hopefully just an anomaly as you say, but it might be worth checking the brakes to make sure nothing is binding - first symptom is often excessive fuel consumption.

 

PS, Den liked your car - he actually said it looked nice and that he'd not seen one for a while. That's a real compliment because he normally doesn't have time for anything designed since the early sixties!



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Posted 29 October 2017 - 04:14 PM

High praise indeed!

 

I've not been having issues with the brakes that I've seen, no excessive heat or brake dust or weirdness when braking.  I've not noticed any fuel leaks or wetness on fuel components either, which was my other consideration.  I'll keep an eye on things, it's the first issue it's thrown at me of any sort in months.



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Posted 30 October 2017 - 08:35 AM

Only just spotted this, but I can confirm that they do. Run a quote through one of the comparison sites and if you check your credit history with someone like Expedian afterwards, you'll see loads of credit searches from various companies.

I've got quite a good credit history AFAIK, and out of interest I did a comparison quote on the same make/model of car using a made up name, similar DoB and an address on the same road as me - that quote came in considerably higher than the quote that I had received using my real details despite everything else on the risk profile being identical, which backs up what you're saying as presumably the made up name will fail when a credit check is run against it.

Can i Vote Anthony to be member of the year please? For some long time i have been car less,primarily because of insurance(or what i percieved to be high insurance) classic cars are too expensive for me now,and shite that was cheap but not classic insurable i couldnt get half reasonable quotes on.Now,ive always entered a fake email,mob number and a name like "mr alan asshat" etc,to avoid spam,i just tried it with my actual name,and got quotes of £300 where before cheapest was around 800! So,two things,thankyou Anthony,and i need to do some shoppping,might even have my own collection fred!


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Posted 03 November 2017 - 05:38 PM

Little milestone achieved.
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Posted 10 November 2017 - 06:34 PM

Finally got access to Mike's ramp today and got to see whether or not the new parts I'd bought were correct.  The last 2 MoTs it's been a struggle to get the car to pass emissions and I knew the catalytic converter needed replacing.  I'd bought the parts ages ago to do the job, I just haven't been able to get stuff together to get the job done and doing it on the drive on my back while possible, was certainly not desireable.  I was on the verge of paying someone to do the job for me when everything fell into place and half an hour spent today saw it done.
 
Up on the trusty old lift...
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Then the old part could be removed.  Five bolts that, surprisingly, undid fairly easily once the initial torque was beaten by the breaker bar.  No silly business with bolts sheering or the like.  It was clear that the smaller gasket was well past its sell by date. having corroded away in places and showing some signs of blowing through.
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It took me a while to find the right part for my car and I ended up with a Klarius branded item.  It fits well enough and installation was pretty easy with two of us and the ramp.
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It has made some small differences.  The car is actually less noisy now, one of the irritating drone/buzzes is gone so I guess that must have been the old part causing that.  Gear change is also better, seemingly, with the car less prone to snatchy gear changes or worse, stalling unexpectedly when setting off.  I'm wondering if the latter is an actual improvement or just coincidence at this point, I've only driven the car a few miles.  Happy it's now done, at any rate, and that should see me okay for emissions at the next MoT, I hope.
 
There's a few bits and bobs for me to work through, all of them really superficial items.  I do feel very much like the money I've invested in this car has been returned with reliable service and an easy car to live with that isn't  monstrously boring.  It wants little more than ordinary servicing and cleaning to keep it in really good shape now as far as I can tell.  I'd like to get things like the interior light door switches working reliably rather than when they feel like it (probably mucky contacts) and things like that, but honestly that's about as bad as the problems are now so they're not really problems at all.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 10:40 PM

Don't weigh the old cat until it's been tested again just in case.

Looking good though.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 10:45 PM

The old cat is completely shot, just ask scaryoldcortina.



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 02:42 AM

The R8 really is the least boring boring car you can possibly buy. Part of me wants to get another one at some point. It'd have to be a cabrio or a 416GTi or something though.


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 03:15 AM

Agreed.  Tourer for me, if I were replacing/supplementing this with another R8.  If I'd known how good a fit these are for me when I bought it I'd've held out for a Tourer, I do miss having an estate car of my own.  That said, if I'm holding out for an estate it would be a BX in petrol flavour.  Barring disaster, I can't see me parting ways with this one, it's just too good at doing what I want without boring me.


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