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#60811 OFFLINE   scaryoldcortina

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#60812 OFFLINE   BavarianRetro

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 08:15 AM

What do the AA do if you just have a tin of gunk and have a puncture traffic side on a motorway? Do they try to use it or just straight recovery?

 


I don't think the recovery services do anything on motorways now other than get you off as soon as possible.
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Posted 17 February 2017 - 08:22 AM

I don't think the recovery services do anything on motorways now other than get you off as soon as possible.

 

...before or after they recover your car?


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 08:29 AM

My new Transit doesn't have a spare tyre. Because of the weight in a Transit, especially the way we use them, a puncture nearly always results in a shredded tyre. Just one of the many reasons that the new Transit is useless as a working van.


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#60815 OFFLINE   Hooli

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 08:30 AM

It's one way to boost membership satisfaction

 

...before or after they recover your car?



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 08:56 AM

Sorry to hear about all that Seth, it sounds absolutely horrendous for everyone involved. 😕

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 10:24 AM

That's terribe news, Seth. Puts most of the rest of our daft minor grumps into perspective.  


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 10:43 AM

Thats the worse news Seth, every parents nightmare. My thoughts are with you all.
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#60819 OFFLINE   xtriple

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 10:54 AM

So sorry to read this. Puts my minor grumps to shame. :(



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:36 AM

That's a horrible thing. Condolences.

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:46 AM

Sadiq Khan and his new T-Charge, the proceeds of which will no doubt be spunked on buying votes via grants to transgender vegan abseilers for peace or somesuch fucking hippy bollocks, meanwhile the rest of us are trying to scratch a fucking living.

 

£21.50 a day before fuel and parking, just for having the complete audacity for going to work. £21Fucking50. Cheers Sadiq, you narcissistic, politically ambitious cunt.

 

https://www.theguard...ayor-sadiq-khan

 

Excuse me while I fuck off and find his home phone number, the cunt.


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:52 AM

Move the fuck out of London.

 

I don't know why so many people live in that overpriced shithole, I've never seen the appeal... and I'm from Aberdeen! Probably second only to London in the overpriced shithole stakes.


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:05 PM

What the hell is he meant to do? Pollution levels are at truly horrible levels. I imagine I could be secure and wealthy if I chose to work at a publisher in London, but I cannot bring myself to do that. Cities need a very different approach to transport, and sadly I don't think cars should be a part of that.


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:11 PM

I run a business in London and provide employment for others. My business does not exist without running vans. Cripple London's small businesses and guess who will have to make up the shortfall to the exchequer?


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:13 PM

I run a business in London and provide employment for others. My business does not exist without running vans. Cripple London's small businesses and guess who will have to make up the shortfall to the exchequer?

 

This is where the lack of electric vans is an issue. Is there anything out there other than the Nissan e-NV200? That has a paltry 60-mile range in winter, so isn't exactly ideal. We're seeing second-hand electric cars getting cheaper, and more affordable, but the van side is badly lacking.


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:16 PM

Ahh, never thought of that. The Nissan e-NV200, that's the solution and after the £8000 UK government grant applicable to all plug-in vans, it's only £16,562.20 on the road, pocket change that is.

 

These clowns increased pollution by bringing in 20mph speed limits and now they want money from the motorist in compensation. You couldn't make it up.

 

And just remember, this may be coming to a town or city near you soon.


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:17 PM

First they came for the Londoners and I did not speak out...
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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:21 PM

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:26 PM

I struggle to get too worked up about a measure to stop people using their cars in town centres, it sounds pretty logical even if there is admittedly a downside for Sheefag and his ilk.


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:48 PM

Could I have links to the data which you base your assumptions on please? Before you edit them again.

 

It's simple enough, I and others around me, are spending our days driving around in third gear. And what's the problem with editing posts, isn't that what the edit facility is for?


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:59 PM

First they came for the Londoners and I did not speak out...


.... who, then, will speak for you?

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 01:06 PM

it sounds pretty logical even if there is admittedly a downside for Sheefag and his ilk.

 

This doesn't just affect people of colour, you know.


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 01:08 PM

Has he done away with the exemption for LPG vehicles than was frozen at xx permits a year by Ken?

I would say just add it on to your day rates but seeing as most legit self employed people (from wherever they might come) are competing against people who don't pay tax or NI, insure their vehicles, pay the congestion charge or parking fines that doesn't really work does it....
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Posted 17 February 2017 - 01:08 PM

I must admit, blanket 20mph speed limits do my nut in too but probably not for the same reason. Gateshead MBC decided it would be a good idea to do this, so now all the previously 30mph roads are 20. Not city centre congested urban roads, or even just ones near a primary school but the ones that connect villages together, or even the main drag through Birtley that was actually the A1 not that long ago. No purpose for it at all except that they can.



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 01:08 PM

Condolences to family involved seth. As a parent myself it's a truly horrible thought that it can happen to anyone.
My grump for today is I need to work out what I'm doing. There is next to no man and van business going, every man and his dog seems to be doing it a lot cheaper than me and being able to do tip runs too. I don't do fly tipping nor can I afford the permit for the tip so tip run and garden clearance is a no go. The van costs me £85 a month just on tax and insurance which on limited hours it's just not earning enough at the moment. I've spent a lot on it and it's bloody reliable but I need to sit down and think if it's worth carrying on.

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 04:01 PM

Im done. Fuck it.

 

Went to pick up some replacement roof tiles and the MGF shat its front wheel bearing on the way home. Not just "a bit rumbly", but suddenly 30mm of slop and horrible grinding.

 

Fix one thing, two other things break. House...work...cars....its all just getting right on my tits at the moment.

 

I am sick of it. My shite mojo has been kicked in the balls and then kneed in the face as it bent over.

 

Forums too. I just cant be fucked. Everything seems to be so petty and insular. Not just here....a few others I use too. Since I have a problem with more than one, to be honest its probably me thats the problem so thats it.... Time to check out for a while.



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 04:30 PM

Just met a fellow Bentley owner. Wedding car use, tatty paint (roof, bonnet, bootlid really bad, rust in the wings and arches) nasty cheap (van) tyres and he uses a local garage for repairs because they are cheap. But he has had the car re-mapped to 408 bhp and is really happy about his 6mpg. 'D' reg Cardinal red car.

 

Not sure how I feel to be honest. I suppose I expect every owner to be a fanatical bearded screw counter like me, but it quite upset me in a way I can't explain nor understand. The car was clean and shiny just a bit lacking and run on a sensible budget (rather than my stupid as fuck no budget attitude) and used as a tool. He makes £100 per hour wedding hire and said my car would get £200 - £225 per hour 'cos mine is nice...  but, I would rather set fire to my pubic hair than use the car for weddings!

 

I guess I need to grow up and accept other people use these old heaps as a tool not as a mobile Faberge egg!


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 04:35 PM

Condolences to family involved seth. As a parent myself it's a truly horrible thought that it can happen to anyone.
My grump for today is I need to work out what I'm doing. There is next to no man and van business going, every man and his dog seems to be doing it a lot cheaper than me and being able to do tip runs too. I don't do fly tipping nor can I afford the permit for the tip so tip run and garden clearance is a no go. The van costs me £85 a month just on tax and insurance which on limited hours it's just not earning enough at the moment. I've spent a lot on it and it's bloody reliable but I need to sit down and think if it's worth carrying on.

Might be the time of year. Would it cost a lot to get a tip licence? Folk will soon start clearing sheds and gardens etc for summer and need stuff moved.



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 04:44 PM

160 for permit and 70 quid per load from what I can gather on the council site. Rad gone on van on way back from storage. Pissing coolant everywhere. I've got a spare to fit but it's just another thing on list to sort now!

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:02 PM

Sheefag are your vans more than 11 years old?   Khan is talking about non-Euro 4 vehicles which came in around 2006.  

 

That is not draconian or crippling business, that is sensible legislation to get the worst polluters off the road and start to reduce the NOx that is responsible for thousands of deaths a year.


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