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    • Hello,

      On 15/1/24 booked appointment with Big Motoring World (BMW) to view a mini on 17/1/24 at 8pm at their Enfield dealership.  

      Car was dirty and test drive was two circuits of roundabout on entry to the showroom.  Was p/x my car and rushed by sales exec and a manager into buying the mini and a 3yr warranty that night, sale all wrapped up by 10pm.  They strongly advised me taking warranty out on car that age (2017) and confirmed it was honoured at over 500 UK registered garages.

      The next day, 18/1/24 noticed amber engine warning light on dashboard , immediately phoned BMW aftercare team to ask for it to be investigated asap at nearest garage to me. After 15 mins on hold was told only their 5 service centres across the UK can deal with car issues with earliest date for inspection in March ! Said I’m not happy with that given what sales team advised or driving car. Told an amber warning light only advisory so to drive with caution and call back when light goes red.

      I’m not happy to do this, drive the car or with the after care experience (a sign of further stresses to come) so want a refund and to return the car asap.

      Please can you advise what I need to do today to get this done. 

      Many thanks 
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    • Housing Association property flooding. https://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/topic/438641-housing-association-property-flooding/&do=findComment&comment=5124299
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    • We have finally managed to obtain the transcript of this case.

      The judge's reasoning is very useful and will certainly be helpful in any other cases relating to third-party rights where the customer has contracted with the courier company by using a broker.
      This is generally speaking the problem with using PackLink who are domiciled in Spain and very conveniently out of reach of the British justice system.

      Frankly I don't think that is any accident.

      One of the points that the judge made was that the customers contract with the broker specifically refers to the courier – and it is clear that the courier knows that they are acting for a third party. There is no need to name the third party. They just have to be recognisably part of a class of person – such as a sender or a recipient of the parcel.

      Please note that a recent case against UPS failed on exactly the same issue with the judge held that the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 did not apply.

      We will be getting that transcript very soon. We will look at it and we will understand how the judge made such catastrophic mistakes. It was a very poor judgement.
      We will be recommending that people do include this adverse judgement in their bundle so that when they go to county court the judge will see both sides and see the arguments against this adverse judgement.
      Also, we will be to demonstrate to the judge that we are fair-minded and that we don't mind bringing everything to the attention of the judge even if it is against our own interests.
      This is good ethical practice.

      It would be very nice if the parcel delivery companies – including EVRi – practised this kind of thing as well.


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E-cigs/personal vapourisers whatever you want to call them are at least a 1000 times safer than tobacco. Why ban a product that costs the tax payer nothing and has the potential of saving lives on a scale never envisioned by the quit brigade?

Easy to answer, follow the money. If everybody who smokes stopped today all the tobacco control/smoke free/ CRUK money makers would be out of a job.

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There is a general move by governments (worldwide) to stop younger people taking up smoking. Not so long ago, the tobacco companies were virtually giving away their products in Asia, to get more people addicted to nicotine, as they had lost business in the west. I think they are still doing this and if these e cigs are also a threat, I should imagine they tobacco companies are lobbying governments to get the e cigs banned on h&s grounds.

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Having no willpower I tried every " official "anti smoking aid on the market,, the large tablets burnt my throat the small ones blistered my mouth, the patches blistered my skin , the imitation cig gave me very sore red guppy lips many wasted pounds later I deduced from all this I was allergic to something in them all.

I had two things left to try e-cigs or hypnosis so I got a trial pack of e-cigs ( not holding out much hope ) but I have not smoked a real cigarette from that day.


I hope government won't get silly about this issue the money that is not going up in smoke is still going back into the economy.


If they can't kill it they'll tax it.



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I should imagine they tobacco companies are lobbying governments to get the e

cigs banned on h&s grounds.

Not so much, it's the big pharmaceutical companies. They have cornered the market in NHS approved devices and don't want anyone raining on their lucrative parade. There's also big money in the drugs used to treat smoking related disease. Cures don't translate into profit, repeat business is all.

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