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    • I came across this discussion recently and just wanted to give my experience of A Shade Greener that may help others regarding their boiler finance agreement.
       
      We had a 10yr  finance contract for a boiler fitted July 2015.
       
      After a summer of discontent with ASG I discovered that if you have paid HALF the agreement or more you can legally return the boiler to them at no cost to yourself. I've just returned mine the feeling is liberating.
       
      It all started mid summer during lockdown when they refused to service our boiler because we didn't have a loft ladder or flooring installed despite the fact AS installed the boiler. and had previosuly serviced it without issue for 4yrs. After consulting with an independent installer I was informed that if this was the case then ASG had breached building regulations,  this was duly reported to Gas Safe to investigate and even then ASG refused to accept blame and repeatedly said it was my problem. Anyway Gas Safe found them in breach of building regs and a compromise was reached.
       
      A month later and ASG attended to service our boiler but in the process left the boiler unusuable as it kept losing pressure not to mention they had damaged the filling loop in the process which they said was my responsibilty not theres and would charge me to repair, so generous of them! Soon after reporting the fault I got a letter stating it was time we arranged a powerflush on our heating system which they make you do after 5 years even though there's nothing in the contract that states this. Coincidence?
       
      After a few heated exchanges with ASG (pardon the pun) I decided to pull the plug and cancel our agreement.
       
      The boiler was removed and replaced by a reputable installer,  and the old boiler was returned to ASG thus ending our contract with them. What's mad is I saved in excess of £1000 in the long run and got a new boiler with a brand new 12yr warranty. 
       
      You only have to look at TrustPilot to get an idea of what this company is like.
       
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    • Dazza a few months ago I discovered a good friend of mine who had ten debts with cards and catalogues which he was slavishly paying off at detriment to his own family quality of life, and I mean hardship, not just absence of second holidays or flat screen TV's.
       
      I wrote to all his creditors asking for supporting documents and not one could provide any material that would allow them to enforce the debt.
       
      As a result he stopped paying and they have been unable to do anything, one even admitted it was unenforceable.
       
      If circumstances have got to the point where you are finding it unmanageable you must ask yourself why you feel the need to pay.  I guarantee you that these companies have built bad debt into their business model and no one over there is losing any sleep over your debt to them!  They will see you as a victim and cash cow and they will be reluctant to discuss final offers, only ways to keep you paying with threats of court action or seizing your assets if you have any.
       
      They are not your friends and you owe them no loyalty or moral duty, that must remain only for yourself and your family.
       
      If it was me I would send them all a CCA request.   I would bet that not one will provide the correct response and you can quite legally stop paying them until such time as they do provide a response.   Even when they do you should check back here as they mostly send dodgy photo copies or generic rubbish that has no connection with your supposed debt.
       
      The money you are paying them should, as far as you are able, be put to a savings account for yourself and as a means of paying of one of these fleecers should they ever manage to get to to the point of a successful court judgement.  After six years they will not be able to start court action and that money will then become yours.
       
      They will of course pursue you for the funds and pass your file around various departments of their business and out to third parties.
       
      Your response is that you should treat it as a hobby.  I have numerous files of correspondence each faithfully organised showing the various letters from different DCA;s , solicitors etc with a mix of threats, inducements and offers.   It is like my stamp collection and I show it to anyone who is interested!
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Do you really think we are free, personally i think us working class are born into servitude, we work like slaves to society..i work atleast 50hrs a week, so does my partner and just about get through week by week, taxed to death in every way to keep us down, dont talk to me about a free civil democratic society, our government are dictators the same as the rest, we just bury our heads in the sand and too spineless to do anything about it except moan moan moan!

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assisted blonde, i will just moan like everybody else, an uprising would be out of the question iam too spineless..lol...but i can have my say and be as cynical as i like after all it is a free country isnt it??

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assisted blonde, i will just moan like everybody else, an uprising would be out of the question iam too spineless..lol...but i can have my say and be as cynical as i like after all it is a free country isnt it??

 

Why is an uprising out of the question, then? Other than because every time someone rebels against the State, The Daily Mail and The Sun tell us that they're very naughty people and we believe them, I mean.

 

I quite fancy a nice uprising. :-)

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Why is an uprising out of the question, then? Other than because every time someone rebels against the State, The Daily Mail and The Sun tell us that they're very naughty people and we believe them, I mean.

 

I quite fancy a nice uprising. :-)

 

Sounds exciting! Count me in!

 

Or do we just fancy being naughty? :lol:

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I'd consider it a privilidge to have you beside me DW, even though the concept of a British uprising amuses me a bit. We'd probably all just gather around Parliament and only have one sugar in our tea because we're being rebellious.

 

Personally, I think the only thing that's wrong with this country is that we're all too ready to believe whatever the press want us to believe. It always ends up as the little man v's the little man - we point the finger at each other rather than at "The Man".

 

Also, Facebook. I cannot explain to you how much I blame Facebook. For everything.

 

Reality TV.

 

Simon Bloody Cowell.

 

Text speak. When my 74 year old Aunty texts me with " CU ltr oxo" I think it's reasonable to expect that 2012 is the year we finally go boom.

 

I think that's it. Other than that, we're pretty much a decent lot.

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I'd consider it a privilidge to have you beside me DW, even though the concept of a British uprising amuses me a bit. We'd probably all just gather around Parliament and only have one sugar in our tea because we're being rebellious.

 

Personally, I think the only thing that's wrong with this country is that we're all too ready to believe whatever the press want us to believe. It always ends up as the little man v's the little man - we point the finger at each other rather than at "The Man".

 

Also, Facebook. I cannot explain to you how much I blame Facebook. For everything.

 

Reality TV.

 

Simon Bloody Cowell.

 

Text speak. When my 74 year old Aunty texts me with " CU ltr oxo" I think it's reasonable to expect that 2012 is the year we finally go boom.

 

I think that's it. Other than that, we're pretty much a decent lot.

 

Roflmfaoooo!!!!! :pound:

 

We should join Cveitch too! He has me in fits laughing :lol:

 

The sheer look of horror on the sheeples faces when he says something like "it's a free country, if I want to film in a public place I will - everything's okay" is priceless :pound:

 

But yes, you're right - 2012 is a very apt year to go boom...........Want to hold my hand? :-D

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I'll hold your hand if the deal is that we slide sideways into the pit of oblivion with a glass of vodka in one hand and a bar of galaxy in the other.

 

Cveitch...is that the Love Police guy?

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I'll hold your hand if the deal is that we slide sideways into the pit of oblivion with a glass of vodka in one hand and a bar of galaxy in the other.

 

Cveitch...is that the Love Police guy?

 

He sure is! The one and only :lol:

 

Vodka a Galaxy sound perfect to me - I'll grab my new memory foam mattress under my arm for us to land on :lol:

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Lets just hope that your mattress is flame retardant, eh? :-D

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"what's right with this counrty" would be a much smaller thread imho :(

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"what's right with this counrty" would be a much smaller thread imho :(

 

I quite agree locutus.

 

On another note, dealing with our ladies suggestions earlier, an uprising would involve criminal acts (unless you want a civil war). My take on what we should do this summer, especially as it's the queen's jubilee and Olympics is to stage mass rallies and protests as the world's media are going to be focused on the UK for the best part of six months before, during the main Olympics, then paralympics, and after, and of course, the queens bloomin' jubilee... An Ideal opportunity to show the rest of the Commonwealth what's going on in the UK and an open invitation to the world's media to see the plight of the disadvantaged 'swept under the carpet'. I would attend peaceful protests if I can get someone to help with my wheelchair as I can't walk unaided outside and would be much safer in my wheelchair in a crowd... Any offers in the South Wales area to help?

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I was kidding about the uprising. Mostly. :razz:

 

I think that's a brilliant idea - unfortunately, from the very little that I've seen so far, I don't think the kind of security that they are going to have around the Olympics is going to allow for protests (peaceful or otherwise).

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Because of the lack of 'rainfall' during the Winter, there are 'water bans',

we've had the wetest April, since Records began, but it's the wrong type of 'rainfall',

go figure, ban continues.

 

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Because of the lack of 'rainfall' during the Winter, there are 'water bans',

we've had the wetest April, since Records began, but it's the wrong type of 'rainfall',

go figure, ban continues.

 

Made in the UK.:madgrin:

 

Did I catch something about stand pipes on the news today? I'm sure I heard that if this winter is as "dry" as last winter, next year the water companies are going to introduce stand pipes. Doesn't feel quite right when I clearly saw a picture of a chap in Somerset using a jet ski to get to work, because the local river has burst it's banks and turned the foot path into a waterway.

 

'Sall gone a wee bit mental!

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Roflmfaoooo!!!!! :pound:

 

 

 

But yes, you're right - 2012 is a very apt year to go boom...........Want to hold my hand? :-D

 

On the plus side it's meant to end before Christmas, so we'll save a packet on pressies and postage for cards this year :)

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I was kidding about the uprising. Mostly. :razz:

 

I think that's a brilliant idea - unfortunately, from the very little that I've seen so far, I don't think the kind of security that they are going to have around the Olympics is going to allow for protests (peaceful or otherwise).

 

I know a few people who do very peaceful protests, they're a lovely bunch of guys - and one of them is in a wheelchair himself (although in one protest the police manhandled him and took him away, he did nothing whatsoever wrong)! I think the majority of them are down south, but they have contacts all over the UK, so if you like I can ask them for you?

 

On the plus side it's meant to end before Christmas, so we'll save a packet on pressies and postage for cards this year :)

 

There's always a positive note huh Lexis? :lol:

 

To be honest, all this 2012 business I find exciting - I know (well I mean I assume) that the world isn't going to go boom, but it is going to change as we know it! Well, it already is - we've had rapid and strange weather changes, and the solar flares are becoming increasingly more frequent, they'll eventually knock the satelites out, which will knock technology out (assisted blondes sat nav doesn't work anyhow :lol:)

 

We're running out of fuel, even money - I think it will return to a back to basics, which in my book can only be a good thing! We're a spoiled species, a reality check would do us all good!

 

Funny though, they're griping and panicking over this so called drought? Have they forgotten what Africa have to go through?

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I know a few people who do very peaceful protests, they're a lovely bunch of guys - and one of them is in a wheelchair himself (although in one protest the police manhandled him and took him away, he did nothing whatsoever wrong)! I think the majority of them are down south, but they have contacts all over the UK, so if you like I can ask them for you?

 

 

 

There's always a positive note huh Lexis? :lol:

 

To be honest, all this 2012 business I find exciting - I know (well I mean I assume) that the world isn't going to go boom, but it is going to change as we know it! Well, it already is - we've had rapid and strange weather changes, and the solar flares are becoming increasingly more frequent, they'll eventually knock the satelites out, which will knock technology out (assisted blondes sat nav doesn't work anyhow :lol:)

 

We're running out of fuel, even money - I think it will return to a back to basics, which in my book can only be a good thing! We're a spoiled species, a reality check would do us all good!

 

Funny though, they're griping and panicking over this so called drought? Have they forgotten what Africa have to go through?

 

I'm glad it's not just me who thinks this. :-D

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I'm glad it's not just me who thinks this. :-D

 

Oh trust me, you're not - although I think we're a smaller minority than I'd like!

 

I notice that certain types of people who have not given one single thought to not only other countries who are suffering drought or disease or hunger etc - let alone given a thought to the fact that those countries are a part of and in "our world" - and the sheer damage we have done to this world has not just crept up on us.

 

Yet these people are in uproar about the monitory side of the collapse of this world :lol:

 

I know it's not good, but it's not the end of the world if they can't afford their usual 2-3 holidays a year, it's not the end of the world if they can't afford to run two cars, it's not the end of the world if they can't afford the latest designer things - but to them you see it is!

 

If these people had to live in a place such as Africa for just a week, they would soon realise how good they'd had it - scrub that actually, because they wouldn't :roll:

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I think it might just be because money really doesn't bother me any more. I've accepted that I'll never own a house (actually quite relieved about that, really), I've accepted that I'm never going to belong to the three-holidays-a-year crew and I'm good with it all, as it happens.

 

Years of having no money (and being a complete wally with what little I did have) have actually made me extremely grateful to be in the position where although I'm not exactly flush, I'm not fishing around down the back of the sofa for 5p's to buy a loaf of bread with at the end of the month, either.

 

My life's alright, actually. I just reserve the right to complain loudly on behalf of other people, that's all. :razz:

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Same here LG - and I wouldn't want to be part of the "three-holidays-a-year-crew", not if gives you the attitude that I've seen others who are part of that have!

 

One of them I know regularly goes to the US - if you were to ask her "did you have a nice time"? Her reply usually is, "well, you know it was okay - we go all the time, we're used to it, we don't even bother taking photos anymore" :!:

 

And they're also usually some of the most tightfisted people I know :lol:

 

I mean, if you can go abroad 4 times in one year, once to Spain, once to Bulgaria, and twice to the US - yet can't pay for your Grandchild who is sick to go to Disneyland Paris for 5days, and only gets to go through the kindness of a charity, then that takes tight to a whole new level!

 

The less you have, the more you appreciate not only the simpler things in life, but everything in life - that is a huge problem with society now, they so busy with materialistic things, they don't notice how lucky they are every minute of every day - we have clean running water, we have clean air, we have lush greenery! We can go about our daily business without the worry of being shot or blown up.

 

Sitting of a morning listening to the morning chorus with a nice cup of tea, means more to me than most things - absolute heaven!

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I'd like to be part of the 3 holidays a year crew!!! I'm pretty sure I could handle that and still be a normal nice person (just with a wicked tan:))

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I'm sure you would Lexis :-D

 

I would imagine they're not all like that (well I'd like to hope not)! I have two friends who are the absolute opposite of each other when it comes to being well off - one bless her really doesn't have much at all, but whatever she has, if you need it, you can have it! And my other friends, is what we'd call rolling in it :lol: she's not in the least as I described, and has in fact only just come back from her first holiday in years - she'll also help anyone if they need it!

 

But someone else I know, I remember there being a discussion about how the government were causing people to live on the breadline, and were genuinely struggling to feed their family - when this one piped up ( and was being utterly serious ) "oh well it looks like I'm going to have to sell my other car" :pound:

 

The other car was what you'd call a "Sunday" car, with a private number plate - oh the hardship :lol:

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