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  1. Good evening, I'll try to summarize briefly : - 10 day ago washing machine stopped to work at the end of the program, door locked... - I notified to the landlord the issue sending him an email with all details and a quick video where he can see what is the actual problem - After a couple of days I received a reply from him where he'll put me in contact with the guy who manage the house in his name so he can arrange the repair - This guy send me an email (landlord was in cc) saying and he requested a repair and he already arranged the payment. - This tuesday I received the visit of the engineer who made the work in about one hour This morning I found a letter in my letter box from the UK's leading specialist warranty provider about a "Repair and care plan" signed in my name (t's mentioning my name and surname as Customer Name) with a duration of 6 months. The payment has be arranged with Landlord's bank account, a Direct Debit Payment Schedule with a 6 Monthly payments. I'm pretty nervous cause he never agreed with me to arrange for a care plan and I never authorized him to do it in my name... I wrote him after a couple of hour I found the letter asking some explanation cause we never talked about care plan, he replied saying when he was doing the payment there was no different in price between the one-off repair and the care plan and due to the care plan is covering 6 months he decided (according with the landlord) to proceed with that. I replied him saying i'm fine with anything the landlord wants, but the contract needs to be signed in my of the lanlord... All email conversations contains the landlord as cc, at now they stop not replying ... How should I proceed?
  2. Hi, I'd be grateful if anybody could give advise me on my rights for the following issue. I bought a pair of waterproof boots from a well-know firm that sells outdoor & rock climbing gear. The boots have developed cracks on the panel that runs around the shoe and is attached to the sole. The sole itself is fine. The boots however are no longer fit for purpose. I showed them to the shop assistant who told me that it's general wear and tear and there's nothing they can do about it. I asked if they could repair them and was told I could (buy) and try a tent repair tape, but that they weren't sure if it would work. I am in doubt as to whether that is really the case and was wondering if anyone knows what my rights are in this situation. Thank you. Any advice will be much appreciated. Sweet Justice
  3. Hi all Car got hit by post office van, looking at insurance pics I got sent, it looks like they are repairing the wing and bumper instead of putting new ones on, is this normal? Do I have right to new parts? Andy
  4. Have just returned from helping a family friend out this evening, she was stranded at road side with puncture, and no spare wheel, car jack, wheel brace or emergency puncture repair kit in the car.The car was the lady's first and she bought on the basis of colour and because it was cute, in other words the car dealer saw her coming and quickly worked out she was not aware of what to look for when buying a car. So, tonight in pouring rain and in the dark at the side of the road I had to give her and her son a lift and abandon her car at roadside.Before, I call the 2nd hand car dealer tomorrow, I want to calm down abit and seek the advice of CAG on this matter. I understand that many cars are no longer sold with spare tyres/wheels and a foam repair kit is often supplied, but this car I now know is supposed to be supplied with a spare wheel as the deep hole in the boot suggests. There is no tools present/supplied to jack the car and nor is there a wheel brace.Am I correct in thinking that legally these should have been supplied? What course of action would you recommend?Thanks as always for any help offered.
  5. My daughter purchased a new washing machine in Dec 17 form a major high street retailer. It has stopped working. She reported it for repair 11 days ago and they are still not sure when they are going to get the parts and affect the repair. I have checked the T&Cs of both the retailer and manufacturer, both explain that she is entitled to repair in a reasonable time frame but neither explain what that length of time is. My daughter has a household of 5 and is really struggling. The closest launderette is 7 miles away and it is costing her a lot in both petrol and launderette costs. Can anyone explain what a "reasonable time frame" is. And what my daughter should do once that time has elapsed.
  6. Really hope someone can give me some advice! Took car to garage explained front wipers only working on fast and had done some research online but not sure if problem was the wiper motor or switch? asked to diagnose problem for me. Garage called back next day to inform me they had checked the motor and switch and that the problem was actually the ecu. Advised it would need to be sent away to be fixed £175 and gave me an estimate of £300ish total including labour and car back within a week. Two weeks later after 3 phone calls for update but none given, they inform me that ecu is back and fitted but showed no faults when tested. Mechanic then proceeded to tell me i will need a new wiper motor as he has just looked at it and it was swimming in water!!! Now i understand things are sometimes difficult to identify but surely if he had tested wiper motor properly in the begining we would not have proceeded to even looking ecu??? am i wrong??? what do i do now and what is reasonable to pay? I need car fixed as use it a lot for work but dont trust them now. I only have £500 anymore and will have to scrap plus will lose job!!
  7. Hi all Not sure if any of you are familiar with this, there was a watchdog piece in 2010 about Vauxhall Astra's and Zafira's having issues with their horn. The title of the story was "Horn that doesn’t warn". The fault was that if the vehicles lights were on the horn failed to work, you could dim the dash lights down almost to the point where you cannot see the speedo and the horn would work again. Vauxhall supposedly recalled all vehicles and fitted a clamp/clip to the steering column which they say remedied the problem. Here are 2 links one being the actual fault and the work shop manual for repairs and the other is the story. http://workshop-manuals.com/vauxhall/astra-h/n__electrical_equipment_and_instruments/technical_service_bulletins/poor_operation_incorrect_operation/horn_intermittent_malfunction/ http://whatconsumer.co.uk/forum/consumer-rights-television-programmes/10231-bbc-watchdog-horn-doesnt-warn.html I recently spoke to 2 different dealers and got conflicting information so Icalled VX up, I advised them due to the constant conflicting advice from the dealers I would record the call which they were happy with. The handler advised it had been recalled in 2010 and had a new complete CIM module installed. Should I have any further problems with the horn i was to get my car to the garage to investigate and they will forward their findings onto VX who may contribute for the repairs which could be something from 10% to the full cost. A few days later I decided to send them a video of my issue When calling up I got someone else I explained what the other person had said a few days before, however this person said the information given a few days prior was incorrect. My vehicle had not had a new CIM and in fact had just a clip fitted to remedy my problem I then decided to write to the CEO office and lodge a complaint over being told wrong information constantly. Ultimately their responce said they say sorry for their wrong information, the Customer Satisfaction Program has now closed and the recall was for a clamp to be fitted to my vehicle and this has been carried out so its finished. They then continued to say there were cases where this matter was not resolved and further actions were carried out. I disagree with the “recall” being for the clip as to me that is a solution to the problem they recalled for. All this stinks, they have also said my cars within 10 years old which would allow me to get the dealership to contact them to see if they will contribute , but are reluctant to actually do anything and continuously fob me off. Can paste the emails to and Fro as to me they are an interesting read. Opinions needed on recalls – would you agree with me that if a cars been called in for a particular reason and the quick fix they done hasn’t worked then it still needs to be completed. That first link above does state if the CPS failed to rectify the problem then a new CIM is to be installed. Cheers Steve
  8. I bought some headphones from Amazon about 6 weeks ago. They Developed a fault just after 30 days. Amazon have offered me a refund, unfortunately the headphones were at a promotional price at the time. The refund wouldn't be enough for me to buy a replacement pair from them. They have refused to either repair or replace them. I know under consumer law I am entitled to a repair or a replacement. Is a retailed such as Amazon able to ignore that if they simply offer a refund? I was very happy with the headphones and really just want a pair without the fault. Where do I stand?
  9. Hi there, Recently i had an accident that wasn't my fault when i veered out the way of an oncoming car that came over onto my side of the road. The cars did not collide and i went into a raised curb, the other driver did not stop and drove away. Major damage to passenger side front wheel, and passenger side suspension with body damage. i have a £3000 excess, with XS direct. They claim the car is a right off and their engineer valued the car at £24,000 when brand new in March 18 it was £37,000 value. They are now claiming it is not economically viable to repair. Car was sent to BMW approve garage as in BMW dealership, estimate of £16,000 all in. They class it as Salvage: S? Please help, is there anyway to convince them to repair the car? Thanks,
  10. Hi all, Hope someone can advise me what to do here. To cut a [very] long story short, I left my Samsung PC monitor at Currys in Lincoln at the beginning of June. They sent it off to the repair centre and it came back about a week later. Due to ill health I couldn't get to pick it up until last Thursday. When I did it was wrapped up in bubble wrap and I didn't have the time to unwrap and check it in store (BIG mistake!). I unwrapped it Monday evening and, to my absolute horror, it was covered in scratches! The whole of the bezel is just full of them; it looks like it's been laid on its front and then moved up and down on a desk, which is impressive as it's a curved screen! Now, I'm old-fashioned and like to keep my items in mint condition and this was no exception. The chap at Currys did a thorough check and confirmed there were no scratches on it before I left the store. There's a whole back story to this that I won't go into unless anyone really wants me to, but basically I'd been having a to and fro with Samsung Customer Services since before Christmas, so I emailed them Monday saying how angry I was and that this was not the monitor I sent them. They've fobbed me off and are now telling me it arrived with them with "general wear". How the hell does a monitor, which sits on a desk for it's entire life, get "general wear" over the entire bezel?! Not possible. They've told me they're not going to do anything about it and I should contact Currys. But Currys have record of it being in mint condition with no scratches! I should point out that, once I'd taken the bubble wrap off, I noticed that the bezel was covered in tape, you know, the stuff they put around new TVs for transit? I only took the top and half of the right side off, the rest is still attached, so the tape was applied after the scratches happened. So, before I lug it back to Lincoln I thought I'd ask here what the best course of action is? Take it back to Currys? Have it out with Samsung? I really don't know what to do. Thanks in advance, Fen.
  11. Hi, I don't know if I'm posting this in the right place, so apologies if not. My husband returned a van (voluntary termination) to Advantage Finance Limited a couple of weeks ago (March 2018). We knew the van had to be in a reasonalble condition, which we believe it was. We also only had the MOT done in February which it passed (so no repairs required to result in an MOT fail). However we've just received a letter from Advantage Finance stating that we owe them £294 for repairs to bring the vehicle to a satisfactory standard, with no indication of exactly what repairs?? When my husband returned the van to the garage they told him to take it to, they didn't even look at the van, they just told him to leave the keys. No conditional report was done so my husband took photos inside and out, all around the van. I'm just wondering how we should respond to this as it seems completey ridiculous to ask someone to pay £294 without explaing exactly what for, but besides the point, we don't believe any repairs were actually needed! Any advice is greatly appreciated. Many thanks
  12. Hi, looking for some help please. Me and my wife purchased a Peugeot 207 on the 29/1/18 from a New and Used car dealer in Saxmundum near Ipswich .It was advertised on ebay as spares or repair so we contacted them to find out what problems it had, the dealer said we just put that on the advert as it has no warranty and selling on behalf of a customer, but it just needs 2 new tyres! After having the car for a few days we noticed something odd when accelerating from a cold start, the revs appear to drop for a second or so then go back to normal. We took the car back to the dealer and they said they could not find anything wrong as ECU did not show any errors ! After a another week we took it back telling them it was dangerous to move off from junctions if revs die, they still said nothing wrong and even blamed our driving as it has a electric clutch, but they replaced a hose as said was slightly split, but appear to make no difference. We now find it has a gearbox oil leak, we took it in on the 31/03/18 to have this repaired, on collection the dealer said he thought it was the clutch housing so they put mastic around it to stop the leak, he said may not last and would cost £500 to fix. Of course the oil leak is still present and have now lost patience with them and asking for a full refund which he has refused and said any further work will be chargeable. I plan to send the letter below with photos of the oil leak: Complaint about faulty goods On 29/01/2018 we purchased and took delivery of a used Peugeot 207 Registration ..... from you. We paid a total of £1000.00 on a debit card for the vehicle. We now find the vehicle has the following faults: Gear box oil leak and oil leak from engine, also revs drop when accelerating, more severe when cold engine. Under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 dealers must supplier goods fit for purpose and satisfactory quality. As there was a problem with the vehicle when we bought it, you are therefore in breach of contract. The vehicle was taken to yourselves on the 03/02/18 to fix the bad running when cold and on the 31/03/18 to fix the oil leak, but you have not been able to rectify either problem. We are now legally entitled to reject the vehicle and to be reimbursed for its full purchase price of £1000.00.I look forward to receiving this amount onto the debit card account that was used for the purchase within the next 14 days. I have attached photos of the oil leaks in support of my claim. The vehicle is now no longer in use. Please respond within 14 days of receiving this letter. Would it be best to send it by post or email it, i would need to email the photos of course. I have attached advert. Many Thanks CarAdvert.pdf
  13. I bought a macerator from an Ebay store in Sept 2016. Due to works being delayed it was not fitted until June/July 2017. It is in a cloakroom that does not get used daily. It has just developed a fault. I contacted the seller and they have given me a test to try and offered to supply a part to repair for £10 postage. (not tested yet) Because its Ebay I can't access the original listing but on there current shop page they are offering the same unit with a 2 yr warranty. Assuming that my unit had the same warranty what are my rights. Thx
  14. It's an odd case. Mostly because I have autism and I struggle to communicate. I am sometimes catatonic for months. In March 2016 I bought a refurbished laptop with 1yr warranty from SKUNKWURX LTD (they use many names, line svx-online, and others). The laptop failed (motherboard burnt) and I returned it for repair under warranty. The laptop failed again and I demanded a full refund. Unfortunately for me, I was using the advice of Citizens Advice and Money Saving Expert, which are quite inadequate, to be honest. (Since then, I've had the luxury to discuss with YOU my Ford problems, which YOU helped me resolve and I was happy to donate to your cause) They said to return the laptop to them "for inspection". I decided to do so and sent them the laptop with a letter of final rejection. I really had nothing to do with a burnt laptop anyway. I had sent the laptop on September 2016. A year has gone and I neither have a message from them, nor a fixed laptop or my money back. I've sent them a reminder 6 months ago. All correspondence done tracked and signed. They received my letter. They are still an active company. Can I do anything about it? Much Obliged Oh, it dissolved on 25 July 2017... I guess that's it... ? The director has 6 more companies, with similar names and same address. The ebay account is still alive and selling (of course, ebay and PayPal are long out of the equation for me) delete this reply please Sorry for the spam but I must update that the ebay seller address is: Hamid Taqui, ServiceX LTD, 4a Redgate Lane, Manchester, UK, Lancashire, M12 4RY This company is still active. I've sent the laptop to the PayPal payment address, which is: Hamid Taqui, Skunkwurx LTD, 4a Redgate Lane, Manchester, UK, Lancashire, M12 4RY - that's the dissolved one
  15. Hi, Everyone, first off, apologies if this is in the 'wrong' place, but was really unsure where to post this. step son purchased a bike from Halford back in Feb this year (2017) for £750, not a small sum, he has experienced a few issues, but more recently, he has been having issues with 'loose' pedal arm/spindle, I am not sure what the technical term is, the bits that go through the frame and the pedals are attached to! Well this part has become loose, he has been in a couple of times to have it tightened up, again today he had to take it in, the guy that spoke to him has said that as far as they are concerned, it is classed as general wear and tear he has to pay for the parts as the warranty does not cover such things. This is nonsense, first off, he only used it 2-3 of times a week to get to and from work, which was the reason he bought it in the first place, on the bike to work scheme (I think that's what its called) after around 4 months he suffered quite a bad a leg injury, which meant he could not walk properly and could not ride at all, the treatment and healing has so far lasted for about 14 weeks and he has only recently, in the last 2 weeks, started to use the bike again, 1-2 times a week as the doc said it would be ok as long as he did not overdo it. I wholly believe, this is absolute nonsense, and that Halfords are shirking their responsibility to repair this bike under the warranty. What I would like to know from anyone who has more knowledge in this area than myself, is what we should be doing (in the right way) to convince and persuade Halfords that they had better step up and sort this out, and if they won't, what do we do about it. I have done some reading but as often is the case, some of it confused me more than helped, so am asking for some guidance and direction on where to start looking and pointing and what actions to take and follow up with. I thank everyone in advance for their time and very much look forwards to some input and am happy to answer any questions anyone may have. Mr Brooks
  16. My son went to inspect a car in a local used dealership on my behalf as I am overseas at present. I saw the car ( VW Golf estate auto diesel 2009) advertised in Autotrader, looked clean and well looked after by pics, only 2 owners and less than 100k miles , my son went to see the car , had a good look around and went for a road test after which I spoke on the phone to him. He told me of a rattle on idle which he thought was down to exhaust issue, but the car drove perfectly other than that, under bonnet looked good and no signs of leaks or coolant problems etc. Car had been cleaned obviously and presented for sale. We decided to go for it, left a small deposit while he went off to get cash as dealer insisted on pure cash deal as we agreed on a knock down price from 2999 to 2500, my lad notice also a sticky rear door lock mechanism so the dealer knocked another 50 off. On return an hour later my lad handed over the cash and asked the dealer could he deliver it to my house which was only 2 miles up the road save getting insurance/tax etc as the car wwas going to stand on the drive for 6 weeks until my return, the dealer agreed, handed over the sales receipt and duly delivered the car. My lad followed and after 30 mins or so started to try and track down the " rattly exhaust" . He subsequently spun the lock to inspect the exhaust more closely on the offside, he then noticed a small pool of oil collecting under the car, on inspection he saw a dripping leak from the gearbox. It looked serious so he immediately called the dealer and expected at least a half resonable response considering it was only an hour or so since he had dropped the car off, the guy more or less wanted nothing to do with it and pointed out the car was bought as seen , spare or repair, my lad checked the sales receipt again and sure enough the Dealer had wrote in the margins " Spares or Repair". My lad unfortunately did not check what he was signing for as he had been engrossed in the printed T & Cs and the rattle at the time. The car when advertised did not mention " spares or repair and at no time during road test , inspection or negotiations was it mentioned or any reference to any kind of possible major fault. After a heated discussion and various insults from the dealer owner my lad the next morning took the car back with a letter rejecting the car and requesting a refund. The owner wasnt there but one of his staff refused to accept the car, the letter or the keys so my lad dropped the letter on his desk, with the keys and left the car with them, took pictures of the car at the dealers premesis, the letter and keys on their desk. As we stand now weve given the dealer 14 dyas to refund the money , next stage will be trading standards then money claim online if he still refuses. My main concern with all this is if he dumps the car on the public road, will that make me as registered owner liable for tax impingement etc.
  17. Hi, This is about an experience I had in an Apple Store, so I hope I'm posting in the right forum. Apologies in advance if this is the wrong place for this post -- if that is the case, please let me know where to post I bought an Apple Watch earlier this year, and about a month ago it stopped working. I noticed a crack in the display, and sure enough it was cracked right the way across from the left to right, bang in the middle of the screen. Because of the way the watch works, this effectively kills the touchscreen and makes it useless. Now, because the watch it now useless I had a really good idea of when this damage would have occurred, and that day I didn't leave the house until into the evening and then wasn't doing anything that risked damaging the watch. Also, I would expect that the force needed to damage the watch would be such that I would remember doing it; but I don't. I took the watch to the Apple Store in Edinburgh and explained all of this to the guy working there, but he said that in Apple's view this was accidental damage (i.e., my fault) and that they would charge me for any repairs. The cost of repairs was over £200, which I wasn't prepared to pay. Is there anything else I can do here? It seems to be my word against theirs, but I'm not sure what the law says in this scenario. I might also have another way to approach this, as I think I bought the watch from John Lewis. I'm guessing consumer law is focused on my relationship with them, rather than my relationship with Apple?
  18. Hi All I bought a 2nd hand Nissan X trail on 13th January from a local dealership. On 6th February I reported to the dealer that the car was making a loud noise from under the bonnet and that the engine management light had come on. We agreed to send it to my local Nissan dealership for them to run a diagnostic check. They diagnosed the fault code as an EGR fault and said that the noise could be coming from a worn turbo. They advised replacing the turbo and intercooler. After speaking with the dealership I bought the car from, I returned the car to them to investigate and they diagnosed a worn turbo which they took over 2 weeks to replace. They acknowledged the EGR fault, but did nothing to rectify it as the engine management light had gone out. Upon receiving the car following the new turbo, the noise was still there. I reported this again only to be told its to be expected with a car of this age and mileage. Over the past 3 weeks the noise has gotten worse and the engine management light has come on again. I have had 2 garages look at the car for me in the last few days and both say that the gear box is shot and that the EGR fault is still there and the EGR valve needs replacing. I have written to the dealership rejecting the car under the Consumer Rights Act 2015, but after speaking to them this afternoon I fear that they are just going to ignore me and try to fob me off. He is all ready talking about trying again to fix it. Do I have to accept this? or is there anything I can do to force the refund?
  19. Hello all, Just under 2 years ago I bought a 15" Macbook Pro. I have had an iPhone die on me before so to negate what I consider slightly fragile products I bought the laptop through John Lewis as it came with a 3 year warranty (as well as having a positive public image towards repairs/replacements). About 6 months ago the screen cracked, this was extremely annoying as I was sure that it wasn't my fault, the laptop had flashed up warnings of overheating I put it in a cool place, let it recharge when I came back the screen was cracked. I expected it to be covered under the warranty after having the laptop sent off I got sent a bill for £803 to have it mended. This i thought was excessive and I refused to pay to have it repaired (it was sent back with the damaged screen) after 2 months struggling without a laptop I decided to count it as a life lesson and take the hit. It was sent off and repaired at a cost of £797.84. I was annoyed I hadn't taken out insurance on the laptop at the start (when I first called John Lewis I thought it was included with the warranty) and considering how easily the screen had broken I was keen to have it insured from the start. After checking it was fine I left it in the blow up package it was sent to me in, and went to look on my home computer for an insurance company that would insure a device over 6 months old. The next day coming back to check that laptop was working I was dismayed to find a crack on the opposite side of the screen. This was unacceptable, the first time it was damaged I was treating the laptop properly but couldn't rule out damage happening that I didn't notice (ie something falling on it, someone knocking it over), this time I was meticulous in making sure no damage whatsoever could effect the laptop yet once again the hairline crack reappeared. I called up John Lewis technical support, explained what had happened and was keen to get it sorted again as soon as possible. Unfortunately I was going on holiday very soon and so it wasn't picked up for a good 2 weeks. The laptop was recovered and John Lewis went dark. A generic email I received when I organised the second repair mentioned it taking up to 28 days to repair I waited 27 and sent an email asking what was happening, I got a call the next day (a Sunday) saying the repair was on hold but the company doing the repair wasn't open till Monday so they couldn't ask why it was on hold. They were very polite and said someone would call me on Monday and relay their findings. No call came till Wednesday (an answerphone message asking to call back and quote a reference number), I didn't notice this voicemail till Friday, I was too late to call back the next day I called up and they explained that it was on hold as "it was accidental damage" and so once again I was to pay. I was furious and even more angry when it transpired this time the bill was £1380 as for some reason includes a new top case and battery (I believe the top case is glued to the screen so not surprising but the battery is a completely different issue and I am not sure either how it is damaged-it was working fine- or why I would be charged if it was faulty-surely it would be covered under the warranty). The laptop was £1600 to start with so these repairs will cost more than a new model. I am gutted this is all happening, I really like John Lewis and its ethos and have always heard they are very good with customer service and don't squabble about fine print etc. Like I said before I do treat my devices well, and especially in the second case I know this isn't my fault. Being left in the dark and constantly shuffled between departments is annoying but not my main concern, I am anxious that this second repair is not charged to me. I am considering making a small claims court case as a few similar stories (including one about a cracked screen) seem to have worked in the past against John Lewis but am unfamiliar with either the process, any documentation I will need or the chances of success. Thank you everyone for reading this, any help would be very much appreciated cheers, Alex
  20. I have number of plastering defects around the flat that i rent from Radian housing association. Im a complete failure when it comes to anything diy related so have asked if they would do it as i feel it falls under their responsibility as quoting from their online documents i would only be responsible for 'filling minor cracks in plaster'. The defects are several 'plaster pops' where the head of a nail/screw protrudes out the wall with a head of plaster on it giving a kind of roundish raised head of cracked plaster which protrudes when any weight is put on the wall. you cant just plaster over it it has to be excavated, re-screwed then plastered over. Also lot of joins in the plaster where one or both edges move independently creating an unsealable crack unless the boards are fastened properly and then re plastered. They have ofc said that this dosent fall under their responsibility which from experience they always say when they feel they will get away with it anyway Should i chase them up on this? Thanks.
  21. about six weeks ago i was reversing onto a customers driveway to pick them up to take them to the station (im a taxi driver) i happened to just catch her husbands car. after she got in the car i told her what i had done and on arrival at the station i gave her my phone number and she said she would pass it on to her husband. After about a month i got a text saying the cost to repair the damage would be £275+vat. This was the day before i was going on holiday , I replied straight back to tell him this . i also said that i thought the cost was quite excessive and i would seek some more estimates when i got back When i got home and went back to work i again got the job to take the wife to the station when i got to the house i took the opportunity to take photos of the damage to the rear bumper. This amounted to a single scuff mark about 1mm wide by 10mm long. this confirmed my suspicion about the cost, with that the wife came out and started giving me grief because i hadn't done anything about it and told me to get away from the car. the long and the short of it is we are now arguing over the cost. He is insisting it goes to a garage that wants to charge £300+ without any proper invoice after i have got estimates between £120 and £160 . I should add the £160 for which i have a proper estimate is from a different branch of the garage he is insisting on using. i know the garage he wants to use is at some point going to do further work on his car and i suspect i am going to make a contribution to this. Needless to say this is getting a bit heated now with him threatening me with the police for leaving the scene of accident notifying the council who provide my license and going through the insurance company which i don't want to because my excess is more than this and i don't want to lose any ncb and he has even mentioned court. i should also point out that he is not willing to take his car to any of the garages that i have got estimates from.
  22. I don't want to go into a 1000 word essay so I've tried to summarise this down into valid points and be as brief but detailed as possible. On 24th December 2014, I visited Halfords and purchased engine oil 5L bottle and engine oil top up service. When the gentlemen from the 'we fit' team came to my car he just had a orange pouring beaker and nothing else. On pouring the engine oil into the vehicle and inspecting the dipstick I was slightly alarmed that the staff member wasn't using any measuring device and was seeming freely pouring at his hearts content, I decided to take a photograph of the top op occurring. My partner and her son where in the car whilst this was all on going. I assumed being a Halfords 'we fit' member it was probably just my own paranoia that he wasn't using a measuring device or jug. On completing the top up the staff member told me I was ready to go and it was complete and was about to shut the bonnet when I quickly noticed and informed him that the engine oil cap had not been reapplied and closed to the engine oil unit. The staff member apologised saying he had been at work since 6am and was very tired. So I left the store. On driving approximately 1-2 miles from the store smoke started coming out of the exhaust of the vehicle which i noticed from my rear view mirror and wing mirror. I immediately stopped the vehicle and as smoke was starting to appear from the exhaust and engine decided to check the engine oil top up. I at this time read the engine oil dipstick and saw that it was 3 times past the maximum mark. I took a photograph with it getting into the evening and at this point it became dark quite early and also for proof of the dipstick. I then returned to the store. On this point on returning to the store a 'engine malfunction' light appeared on my vehicle. I informed them of what had occurred and 2 members of staff inspected the engine oil. The supervisor told me she'd get equipment to drain the engine oil with the staff member. When they got this equipment because of the size of my vehicle it would not fit. Therefore the supervisor said she would ring halfords autocentre and see if an 'engine oil overfill' would cause any danger to drive. After ringing them she came back and told me that a mechanic at Halfords autocentre said the vehicle would be safe to drive with engine oil overfilled. I asked why the engine malfunction light was occurring and was told it was probably a false sensor alarm on the trip computer because the car was just 'slightly' over on engine oil. I asked what would happen if my vehicle was damaged or stopped working because of this and was told by the supervisor that I would have to seek reimbursement after purchasing the repair from Halfords Autocentre by bringing the receipt in store. To me this did not make logical sense and after googling the dangers of 'engine oil overfills' on my phone I decided to go into the store and speak to the staff to get some form of written liability and promise in writing. On speaking to the original staff member in store and his colleague they would not provide me anything in writing. I therefore decided to covertly record the conversation so I had some form of proof of the incident occurring and evidence. On speaking to the staff instore the store manager was at a till behind them. The staff told me to not worry and if anything did occur that 'Halfords would pay for it' as they had 'insurance in place for these kind of things'. I was told that mistakes did happen and before staff had fitted batteries in wrong and Halfords had paid the repair. The store manager then said that he drives his car which has 150k mileage on it with overfilled engine oil all the time and it does no damage. With this recorded I left and drove my vehicle home. I decided that something still did not seem right as I had been told 2-3 different things about reimbursement (insurance being involved...paying it myself and being reimbursed..halfords paying the repair costs..). These were three different things and to me it was not logical to drive a vehicle with a engine malfunction light. I kept the vehicle parked up and switched off and did no further driving. I rang my breakdown cover and asked them to send a mechanic out for an opinion. When the mechanic arrived he told me the car was unsafe to drive and the advice Halfords gave me was wrong. It was not safe to drive a car with overfilled engine oil as it was as bad as driving the vehicle with underfilled engine oil. He put this into a report of the breakdown he emailed to customer services, which I later requested. I therefore waited until Boxing Day and in the meanwhile i was left without a car because Halfords was not open during this period. When I rang the customer services on 26/12/14 at 2pm I spoke to someone there and they promised me that my car would be repaired until I was 'happy'. I asked them provide this in writing in which they did in the form of 'case notes' that were forwarded to me. I was told this would be done ASAP and the store would be instructed on how to do this. On being taken home by my mother at approximately 5pm I got a phonecall from someone claiming to work for Halfords claim team. I therefore spoke to them and they told me that they would require proof of the breakdown report and that the car was unsafe to drive as a result of the store's misadvice and negligence. I therefore asked them to put in writing this. Which they did in a email to me on 26/12/14 at 5.23pm I sent them the breakdown report, dipstick reading and audio recording on 26/12/14 at 9.58pm On the 29/12/14 I was contacted by the claims team via telephone on Monday throughout the day who said they would get the car towed to an autocentre to be flushed. This was done and I then awaited the car to be repaired. I asked about what would happen to any charges such as taxi for transport because of Halford's error and as since Xmas eve I had been without a car. I was told to email any costs in form of receipts and they would be reimbursed. On the 30/12/14 I was told the car would be repaired at 5pm. I decided to ring the autocentre repairing the car and ask them to specifically look at the catalytic converter and gasket and do a emissions test and thorough check of all components of the car as I was worried that from seeking advice these could be damaged. I was told this would be done. I picked the car up at 5pm and was given no receipt or invoice and was told that the car was done. Neither did I sign anything. On picking the vehicle up I noticed that before the car had been towed it had 3/4 full of petrol. It now only had below half so i took a photograph of this and asked for 25% of the petrol to be reimbursed to me, as I would not have lost this petrol if the matter had not happened and I sent Halfords the original receipt. The following day I noticed that the A/C was no longer working and neither was the audio system/CD player and these components of the vehicle had been before. I therefore tried to call Halfords but was told by the customer services team that the claims handler was busy and so they would get him to ring me back. I tried to call Halfords two more times within that week with the same response. On the 6th January (6 days) later I sent Halfords a email to the email address they had been corresponding to me at informing them of the problems with the vehicle and my concerns. I received no response and when I called on the 7th January was told that the claims handler who was dealing with my case did not work weekends and had been off so to allow a few days for a call back. On driving to Nottingham on the 9/1/15 M1 the same engine malfunction light that appeared on the engine oil overfill re-appeared on my car's trip computer and dashboard with a weird smell. I decided to pull in and call Halfords customer service and demand to speak to a manager. On calling them they put me through to the claims handler who told me to take the car to my nearest autocentre. I did this and on the 10/1/15 the autocentre confirmed that the diagnosis was that the car had a 'emissions fault' and the 'catalytic converter' needed replacing. Halfords claim team called me on the 10/1/15 and told me that the repair would be started on Monday. On Monday 12/1/15 I was called by the claims handler and told the repair would take upto 1 working day but as this autocentre was under staffed that they would require further time, so a courtesy car in the form of car hire had been sorted for me with Enterprise locally to me. I was told I had to pay the deposit amount on the vehicle but the rental fees would be covered by Halfords. Therefore with no other choice I accepted the rental vehicle. I did this and got the courtesy car. On Wednesday 14/1/15 I was called by the claims handler to say that 'due to the cost of the catalytic converter' an 'investigation' was going to take place to see how the catalytic converter had been damaged and not spotted before. I accepted Halfords to do this as I knew nothing had been done. On 23/1/15 I received an email from the claims handler saying that Halfords staff had given 3 witness statements stating that only 1 litre of engine oil was entered to the vehicle which all staff witnessed and the engine oil dipstick was seen by 3 members of staff who all said it was at minimum, thus the autocentre found the engine oil amounts to be between 1.5-2 litres over therefore this did not match amounts. The autocentre had raised no concerns at the time but the investigation concluded the engine oil amounts did not match and thus Halfords stated that after Halfords topped up the oil i must have added more oil to the vehicle and damaged the vehicle myself, therefore Halfords were no longer liable for the damage/s and expense/s and the car hire would be ended on 29/1/15. On the 30/1/15 I rang the customer services and informed them I would like to speak to someone above the claims handler as at the time of the incident occurring and the engine oil top up happening my partner who was a witness to it all was there and could testify that 3 people did not check/supervise the top up. I also informed Halfords that i had a photograph of the engine oil top up occurring which had a time/date linked to it which was further evidence. I was promised that I would get a phonecall from a higher up member of the team on the Monday 26/1/15 as the claims team did not work on a Saturday. I received no call on the 26/1/15 from anyone higher up and instead was greeted by this email from the claims handler: Dear XXXXX, I understand that you have contacted us over the weekend in regards our response dated the 23rd. I can confirm that I have already discussed this case in detail with Halfords' High Level Complaints Manager, XXXXXXXX, prior to sending the email on the 23rd and that she has confirmed our stance. As previously advised if you do wish to take this further then I can only advise that you seek independent legal advice and address any correspondence to Halfords Legal, as we will not be giving this further consideration at Customer Services. Kind regards XXXXX Claims Consultant I then decided to reply with a letter before action (LBA) and sent one via post to the address I was told to send further consideration to only (the legal team at halfords) via recorded delivery and one via email to the address for Halfords I had. I yesterday received the below response to my LBA. Dear Mr XXXXXX, I confirm receipt of your email. Taking into account our prior correspondence, we are comfortable that this is our final position on this matter, and we do not propose to respond to you further in this circumstance. We refute your assertion that liability has been accepted at any point and recommend that you do seek legal advice should you wish to take this further. We await service of your claims paperwork from your legal representative and would ask that your case number of XXXXXXX is on all paperwork submitted. Yours Sincerely XXXXXX Claims Consultant I am now fed up over the matter. I am going to commence a MCOL. But need help in writing the particulars section. I have looked on the internet but found no examples of applicable use and don't know if what I have done is good enough. Can anyone help? Oh and I forgot to mention have still not had my vehicle back..and car hire was cancelled 24 hours earlier than what I was told!
  23. Hey guys, was wondering if you could give me some advice on whether I've handled a used car situation, as after putting it off as much as possible, I've been given no other choice but to take a car dealer to court 8th December, me and my girlfriend traded in her Corsa for £400, for a Polo plus £500 cash (£900) total. The dealer checked her car, and had access to it for about 4-5 hours. I test drove one car, which broke down straight away, then test drove a similar but more expensive one, but only at 30mph up and down the local road. I refused the £50 Mot offered (Had 4 months left), as I have a very trustworthy garage that I wanted to take it to. As soon as money changed hands, the car cut out when I drove it out, to which the dealer said it was just because the car was parked on a slope and it's just the petrol and would be fine after putting some petrol in it. despite driving 15 mins back to my home, and putting in £10 petrol, the car kept cutting out, whenever going over speed bumps the car would make awful scraping sounds. when I took it to my garage they said there were two minor problems and an oil leak from the sump pan. They said the dealer illegally sold me the car, and that they would have to fix these problems straight away. Dealer argued the case, but eventually accepted that they needed fixing, and booked me into his local garage. 5 days later i took it to his garage, and when the work was done the mechanic denied that he was even told to look at the sump pan, and that he wouldn't look at that until the dealer gave the go ahead (he did fix the 2 minor problems again, contacted dealer, who reluctantly said he would book it in, to which was another 5 days away. When car was taken to garage, he kept it for a few days, and finally rang us to pick it up, but it was still cutting out while driving. due to it being Christmas, it took just under 2 weeks to get it checked by my garage (5th January) to which they said that it wasn't fixed, and that I need to take it back. Again contacted seller who arranged it for the 9th (a day after a month of having the car). On the day I was unwell and my girlfriend didnt feel safe driving the car, I text to cancel, but then the dealer started ignoring us. I tried ringing but no avail. i gave it a few days and then text him again to say that I wasn't happy with the car and would like a full refund. No response. spoke to citizens advice, who said send him a recorded letter. Which I did. But again no response, i text him saying if i dont hear back I will take it to court. Thats when he finally responded saying that it's my fault for buying a used car, and that he won't be giving me a refund and that I can take him to court but to let him know in advance. There's been a lot of back and forth between me and him, but the only thing he's willing to offer is £400 refund as he says the Corsa I traded in had a Head Gasket problem and it's cost him £480 to fix, even though I was not aware of this problem, and he had ample time to check and reject the trade in on the day. He's also listed the car without saying that he's fixed it, but is saying he's fixed pads and discs, which he never mentioned to me. I offered that he could have the Corsa for free, but the minimum I would've taken was my £500 cash back, to which he declined. Now I've applied for small claims court and am claiming over £1200 as I've had to keep the car insured and taxed to keep it on the road as I have no where else to store it I was debating whether to claim for traveling costs, as the car was bought to travel to football matches but I've had to get multiple coaches and trains on the day Do I have a good chance of winning?
  24. Hello, i suspect this is fairly straightforward but google is unhelpful My daughter took a damaged Iphone 7 to the local repair shop that have done loads of good repairs for us and friends. They've said they've been burgled and her phone amongst other is stolen, their initial response to her is to try and track it down online I assume i right that they have to replace it with a like for like? If they are reluctant what is the best way to go? Legal or otherwise? I'd like to quote the relevant law or legal recourse to show them I mean business. And how long is reasonable to wait for them to replace the phone? She genuinely does reply on it. Thanks Micky
  25. Hi all, It would be literally life changing if you can help with this one! Last year I checked my credit file and found I had a CCJ. The claimant was the managing agents for a flat I owned, the amount £1314 and it was registered in November 2012. Being a bit worried about the word CCJ I paid it immediately (Dec '14) and then set about investigating it. It turned out that despite notifying them of a change in correspondence address (I moved out and tenant moved in), they had been writing to the flat to notify me that my standing order for ground rent wasn't set up properly (I think after changing bank accounts). The tenant, I'm sure thinking he was being helpful, kept my post safe for me until he moved out!! The pile was nearly 1m high when I eventually reclaimed it! After a bit of internet investigation I figured I had grounds to have the Judgement Set Aside by Consent - I spoke to the claimant and they agreed to have it set aside they got their solicitors to issue a "Consent Order". I sent this with the correct forms and my own explanation of events to the courts along with £50. After 10 days or so I received a letter back from the courts telling me that my application had been rejected as the judge felt my application amounted to "credit repair". It went on to say that the judgement was paid and would be marked satisfied on my credit file. Fair enough I thought... That was until I recently applied for a mortgage and the underwriter informed me that I was "out of policy" until the debt had been cleared for at least 3 years. You can imagine how frustrated I am now with hindsight that the judge had felt it necessary to reject my application. Why would ANYONE want a judgement set aside if it wasn't to repair or reset their credit?! Surely he should of considered the facts rather than base his decision on opinion?! I paid a debt as soon as I found out about it and I've ended up with a 3 year sentence - you'd get as much for aggravated assault! I've spoken to the court again and despite it being longer than 7 days, I can apparently fill in a different form and send another £50 to appeal the judgement. My question, albeit a little long-winded, is: what chance have I got of winning an appeal? I don't want to throw another £50 at this and end up with the same result BUT if I knew I could get it set aside, I'd happily pay a hell of a lot more! If someone thinks they might be able to help, I'd happily pass on any documentation I have. Thanks.
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