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About redfish0

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  1. I was recently involved in an accident. I guess I should start by explaining what happened. I was following a car, a fair distance from me at night. It went round a sharp corner. What I did not know was that when it went round the corner, it clipped a vehicle coming the other way. I came to the corner unaware of what was round the bend, entered the bend, passed the oncoming vehicle and was then immediately blinded by a big dust storm, hit the brakes but then there was a bang. I saw for a very brief moment the car that was in front of me and hit the side of it. It turns out that they
  2. Well I have an update... I thought they were going to drag this as far as they could but I randomly got a letter and cheque from them asking me to stop proceeding and they wish to settle the full amount of my claim. I don't know what made them do a U turn but I've recently being made redundant so I'm glad they did. Anyway, I'd like to thank everyone for their advice and support on this. Ta muchly.
  3. Yes I have an address for them. But everything they have sent was "shop4parts". I even checked them out on google street view and even their building is signed "shop4parts" too. Unfortunately I didnt submit any correspondence with the court application . There was no option to on the moneyclaim website to do that and was wondering when I get the chance to do so. I'll get hold of the court on monday and see if/how I can do that. Along with getting the case transfered to the correct title. I think the expert witness will probably make a charge for an affidavit. Can I add the cost to
  4. They have not been forthcoming with their name, until now. So I could only go on it being shop4parts . The expert witness has lots of letters after his name. "LLB, Cert Ed., CAE, MIMI". I don't have a clue what any of those are lol. But he apparently does quite a bit of work for trading standards. Anyone know what any of them are? I submitted all recepts and letters to Wilcox/shop4parts originally. But having never been through this process before, there was just a text box with a limited number of characters and seems to be no way to submit any evidence. Or am I missing something?
  5. Cool. I've not been in touch with trading standards - yet. This is what I entered on the mcol site to start my claim. It's fustrating how little space you get and the inability to attach any evidence. This is their rather lengthy reply...
  6. Well... I have an update. I didnt get anywhere with them with resolving the matter out of court so it was submitted. I hoped they would offer something once they got news of court action but instead they got their solicitor to put in a defence. I have their defence here now. Can I legally post up what I submitted and what they entered as their defence?
  7. Yes it came with a tensioner and can get pics of the belt and engine too. They've missed the deadline so I think I'll email them today and let them know I'm submitting the court documents today at 5pm. Just in case they want to come back with "oooh, hang on I'll just send you the money now". Thanks for all your help
  8. I went with the Fiat belt thinking that it would be a good quality, original part, many people on the fiat forums use them and the belt the garage wanted to use doesnt have a good reputation. Well their deadline is up and I've heard nothing other than "we have forwarded the matter to our insurer". Why are they doing that though? Is there some product insurance policy available to cover faulty parts that will pay out? If there is, hopefully that will make life easier.
  9. Hopefully I'm getting somewhere. Fiat, the idiots, in all of the messing about wanted to inspect the belt originally so I sent it to them a while ago (shop4parts told me to contact them to be reimbursed originally). Now Fiat convieniently deny ever receiving it which threw a spanner in the works with shop4parts saying they cannot proceed with out it. However as (I think) under Soga its the suppliers responsibility to collect it I've told shop4parts that if they want it, its up to them to get it back off Fiat, I have already had an independent automotive forensics expert verify the manuf
  10. Thanks, that puts my mind at rest because so far I've just been bounced between the supplier and Fiat, but now I can just contentrate on the one. I'd doubt it was a fake part if it was that long ago. Probably just one of the few belts that got out of the door with a fault which was not picked up on.
  11. Yes the part was genuine and shop4parts is a known Fiat parts supplier. I've filled in the small claims forms already, but I'm not sure, should I be specifying shop4parts or Fiat as the defendant? It's a manufacturing fault so I keep thinking it should be Fiat. Or should it be shop4parts who would then claim from Fiat? The belt has been changed on the replacement engine by the garage using their own supplier. I originally thought it would be best to use genuine fiat parts rather than go for any unknown manufacturer or copy parts hence why I went for the Fiat belt originally. Less
  12. Hello, I'm in a bit of a pickle. I'll try and keep this short lol. I purchased a genuine Fiat cam belt from shop4parts.co.uk. It was fitted by my local garage. 2 days later the car died due to cam belt failure. The garage investigated the belt failure and concluded that the new belt was faulty. They then hired in an automotive forensic expert (who typically does court work for trading standards) to investigate and he too came to the conclusion that the belt was faulty. The engine was declared as beyond economical repair and a replacement engine was fitted costing a total inc f
  13. Thanks, yes it is a propper company - http://www.shop4parts.co.uk/ many people on the Fiat forums use them and swear by them it seems. I had heard some belt makers tend to just refund the cost of the belt only. But I'm guessing most people this would happen to can't be bothered to try to recover their costs. I have checked out who the expert independant is and they are not related to the garage. The garage owner went to trading standards for advice and they passed on the details for an automotive forensic services company to them. If it is definately a genuine belt, sounds like th
  14. I've had a month of having no car so far... Rewinding a month - the head gasket on my car went. Took the car to the garage and asked them to repair it. As they were doing the work, I asked them to change the cambelt, water pump and tensioner. I purchased a genuine Fiat belt kit from an online reseller using my credit card because I didnt want the garage to use any cheap copy parts. Unfortunately 3 days after getting the car back, the car stopped running. Got the car recovered and it turned the cam belt had come apart. I initially thought that the belt had got caught and cut somewher
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