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  1. so you are suggesting that it is prudent to submit a document, that could later be used in a legal/court case, which clearly states that it is non admissible in such circumstances. Surely that is akin to buying a life jacket which clearly states that it is not designed for water survival! can I ask if you have been present in a small claims court when a case has been brought against a motor trader?
  2. I think you will find that the AA/RAC vehicle reports clearly state on them 'not to be used as a legal defence' or something similar. There are forensic engineers who specifically examine vehicles for the purpose you describe and produce a report that is suitable for court use, this can be prohibitable regarding cost. TBH courts/judges seem ok with reports/inspections carried out by most well established garages and if they are a VOSA approved MOT station then that helps. Obviously if your Uncle Baz produces something scrawled on the back of an old ECP invoice that won'
  3. My experience suggests that the gearbox becoming unserviceable is most likely unrelated to the cars service history. Many cars with this transmission have had at least one replacement gearbox fitted, or open heart surgery with the clutch packs being replaced. The terminology is important regarding repairing engines and transmissions. People often say ‘it’s had a refurbished ‘box in it’, which often means it’s been simply swapped for a used example. Possibly with more miles on it or older. if you are getting quotes then you need to clarify if the supplier/repairing agent
  4. Many car dealers have multiple company’s and partnerships. Buy their stock using one company name, so all their cars have auction invoices in that name etc. Then sell the cars using another, different company name. The aggrieved buyer ‘wins’ court case and gets judgement against them/CCJ, pays for the bailiffs to go in, bailiffs find all the stock belongs to a different company than the one on the CCJ. And you are pretty much dead in the water. I know this because I personally know others who do it themselves. Also, this exact thing happened to me. I left a car (that was worth seve
  5. Of course they can! What do you think about complaining to the Ombudsman? Companies don't like it as it costs them circa £500 per complaint. 'Fast Motor Finance' is most likely a finance broker. These brokers very rarely have their own 'book' i.e. their own money. They act as a middleman and make their money that way. I would say that its important to find out exactly who the finance company is that actually provided the money. When an invoice is requested by the broker to the dealer, the actual finance company goes on one side, with the 'to be delivered to' i.e. the pr
  6. I was stating that, in my experience, 'poor credit no problem' finance companies are very often total scumbags. The interest in this 'deal' was over £5,000 on a car purchased for just over £7k. They take advantage of folk in poor circumstances by coming over as the only people who can help them. It is common for interest rates to be over 55% APR.
  7. This will be the Ford 'Powershift' gearbox which is widely considered to be the worst gearbox on the market. Its not a full automatic in the sense that it is not a fixed speed torque converter design. It uses a fiercely complicated mechatronics unit coupled with a dual clutch pack that is either wet or dry. I was recently in the automatic transmission specialist that we use and the owner pointed to a Volvo (so still a FoMoCo product with the same gearbox) and simply said 'never buy one of those'. They can fail in each vehicle multiple times from as little as 2,000mls from new.
  8. In the handbook of VAG cars iirc it says that oil consumption of 1LTR per 1,000kms is within normal limits. BMW petrols can use a LTR every 1,000 MLS or so. Some engines consume oil when in normal use, Ford/Mazda 1.8 petrol, Peugeot/Mini VTI 1.4/1.6 petrol variants etc. The OP does not state how old their Audi is but increasing oil consumption is all part of running a car as it gets older. Some people think cars are like washing machines and will just run without attention for 15 years. The modern combustion engine is a miracle of human engineering with some components moving with the sam
  9. Most diesel engined cars need to cover at least 12 miles or so before the oil starts getting warm. Forget the water temp gauge or the fact that warm air is coming through the cars interior vents as most diesels have electric air heaters as the engines themselves take so long to warm up. At Skoda, for example, i remember the sales staff being instructed to advise customers that DPF equipped vehicles should be covering 25k per year, now 25k sounds a little excessive but ive seen problems with VW's that were doing circa 16k miles per year. Many DFP equipped cars rarely get hot enough to perf
  10. That does sound like a hydraulic fault rather than the friction plate being burnt out. You can burn a clutch out within 50 miles if hard of hearing or inexperienced. That is precisely why i suggested the first call would have been for the garage to inspect the clutch and go from there. Regarding the DPF if you are saying you are only doing 30 miles per week then a diesel is not suitable for your style of driving. Some 6 speed cars are so low revving that even at 60-70mph in top gear the revs are too low to create the heat to regenerate. Did you do any research before buying a diesel
  11. If you only did 200 miles in six weeks it would suggest that you should not have purchased a diesel vehicle. If you do lots of short runs or a majority of your driving is urban driving then the car is completely unsuitable for your usage. A clogged DPF is a sign it is not getting hot enough to regenerate (every 300/500 miles usage/model dependant). Diesel engines are very thermo-efficient so take a long time to warm up. For a DPF to regen the car needs to be driven at 40mph plus with the revs not too low. The supplying garage not even getting involved with the clutch is a poor show but ho
  12. It is only considered 'best practice' to list cars with finance outstanding on an HPI/Experian check. There is nothing to make finance companies declare an interest in a vehicle. I know this as i was in a very similar situation and ended up paying for the car again. This was 2 years after we purchased the car. The dealer had a finance agreement on the vehicle and then went bust. At the time of purchase the vehicle was 'clear' on the Experian check. I think the 'insurance' against the information will not help. The finance company own the car and will win in court.
  13. Im glad no one is overacting at all here, in any way. This is merely an admin error at the supplying dealers end (which it sounds like doesn't exsist now anyway, at least in the same ownership). How much is your insurance excess? The trade cost of painting an entire cars bumper (notr smart repair) is £120, even if you said retail was £250 its surely less than your insurance excess. As the owner of the vehicle it is you alone who is responsible for ensuring the vehicle is road legal. Sure, it sounds like MB 'owe' you an MOT. All this talk about accidents that could have happened
  14. I was in a fuel station this week and witnessed a similar situation. The customer called the police who said it is not theft as he has not attempted to leave without paying and has brought it to the business's attention.
  15. I guess you are not aware of the class action suit regarding Glynn Hopkin? This suit is based on company/ex-fleet vehicles being sold without this being stated to the end purchaser. I agree that company cars, in theory, are ‘better’ cars sometimes due to often being run without cost constraint and new cars benefit from being run in by a variety of driving styles. The customers angle is that a fleet car has had multiple drivers but is still often advertised as a ‘one owner’ vehicle.
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