• Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

1,678 Excellent

About Tipex

  • Rank
    A right arse
  • Birthday 02/24/1977

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Not Telling


  • Location
  • Occupation
    Waco kid
  • Car Make

Recent Profile Visitors

820 profile views
  1. Scania lorries

    There's a couple of delivery trucks I see and hear regularly around the town, large box trucks delivering parcels, they both sound like they have dump valves on them, very odd. (and no, it's not the brakes)
  2. Nothing Handles Like A Rental Car

    Pretty sure I found a couple just scanning the first few stories, I'm saving the book for when I'm on holiday and laying beside the pool, I'll be sure to notify you if I find them!
  3. New company car time

    You soon get used to the parking brake, being as most Merc's are auto anyway, you don't even use it so not a problem, it was Mercedes way of clearing the handbrake off the centre console before electronic parking brakes were a thing, Mrs T's Prius has a foot operated parking brake, you don't even think about it after a few weeks.
  4. Thanks Mook, sounds like the 790 will fit the bill then, I don't mind the interior facing status LED's, it's just the big 'look at me' one attracting people's attention when I've dumped the car at the pub overnight that bothers me. Parked taxis are always a target for thieves who think we've left them full of cash for some reason, I strip all the signage and taxi plate off the car whenever I leave it anywhere to anonymise it but anything that attracts them to look through the window and they'll see the computer on the dash. I'm not around for the next couple of weeks but I'll order one when I get back, cheers.
  5. Ha ha, sadly not an ideal solution where it will bake in a hot car all day, electrical tape tends to curl up and leave sticky crap everywhere, more so unfortunately the particular design of the camera has a large curved LED right under and around the lens, so short of colouring it in with a permanent marker, which still won't block it at night, an option to simply disable it would be preferable, otherwise I'll have to look at something else as a big 'steal me' light is a deal breaker I'm afraid. Look at the size of the LED-
  6. This ones mostly aimed at Mook, but anyone else with any other suggestions feel free to chip in. After a 2 channel (so front + rear cameras) system, no internal camera and sound must be able to be switched off (preferably with a physical switch but I've yet to find a camera with that function) as audio recording in a taxi is illegal (yes I know it's more complicated than that). Currently looking at the Blackvue DR650GW and the Thinkware F770, although the Thinkware is probably ruled out for it's shape as the surround behind my rear view mirror in the Galaxy is huge, meaning to mount it in the swept part of my windscreen would have it effectively sitting right in the middle of the screen. I'm also considering the Qvia AR790WD Mook, I've been putting off buying one of these as I have a couple of concerns, firstly, have you sold any of the bloody things as I've been waiting in the hopes a review of one pops up on YouTube but nothing yet. Can that LED be switched off? I don't want a flashing light in my windscreen telling everyone there is a camera there. Can all those daft 'driving aids' be switched off? my car does them all anyway.
  7. Replacing the wife's car: v2: used or lease?

    No worse than some of the sh1te the supposed premium brands dump out these days!
  8. That's terrible, the speed at which things go from being a little unwell-diagnosis-hospital is frightening.
  9. Replacing the wife's car v1: which 5+2?

    Glue some plastic arches on one then!
  10. We watch this regularly, it's surprisingly good TV and a real eye opener, not because it's just full of scumbags who don't want to pay their due (although there are a few of them), but for the stories behind a lot of the cases. As above, we like Paul Bohill, Steve Pinner and Delroy Anglin, Elmor Victor seems from the same mold as Steve and Paul too but some of the others just seem to make situations worse, we often find ourselves discussing how Paul and Steve would have handled it differently when the younger ones seem to just antagonise people, we aren't keen on Stewart McCracken but Mrs T positively hates Brian O'Shaughnessy, the fat one with the daft tiny goatee beard and that was before I googled him, innocent until proven guilty of course so I wouldn't hold that against him, he just doesn't seem to have the right personality for a job that requires you to enter peoples homes and discuss incredibly private details with them. DCBL seem to be making the most of it all though looking at their website, can't blame them.
  11. Replacing the wife's car v1: which 5+2?

    You've pretty much covered the bases yourself there already, I'd have said look at an S-Max and you've covered that, I'd have said don't even consider anything French, you've covered that. Only other things I can think of are avoid a Zafira like the plague, a couple of friends and family members have asked my advice on them (3 people actually) and I told them to steer clear, they all ignored me and bought them anyway because they were "much more car for the money" than anything else. Well Zafira's are cheap for a reason, they are crap, unreliable and cost silly money to repair, over a grand for the clutch and flywheel to be replaced on a 1.6 petrol model with a solid (not dual mass) flywheel, how the feck does a solid flywheel even be faulty? Every person I know who's bought one has regreted it and ended up with a car that costs them money they can't rely on and can't sell, on top of that they still catch fire, the constant recalls for that issue are ongoing, my sisters car has been in three times now and still not considered to be fixed. What else, hmm, how about a Prius+? No it's not a good looking car, no it's not quick and it doesn't handle, it's not for petrol heads but it's a safe, economical, practical, reliable car that won't let you (or your Mrs) down so you never have to worry about her doing longer trips, sit her in one with the back up camera, sat nav, self parking etc and she'll be impressed by the toys, you never know, she might actually like the look of it, my Mrs loves her Prius, I don't mind driving it but think it looks awful.
  12. Tips on rejecting a faulty car?

    My take would be that the dealer she purchased it from is who she needs to deal with, any dealings with BMW UK are their problem. That's what happened when we rejected a Volvo, didn't deal with Volvo at all, just wrote a letter to the dealer explaining the situation (which they already knew about) handed the keys and the letter over (leaving the car in the car park obviously) and waited for them to contact us for the full refund, which they did in a couple of days.
  13. Bit pointless connecting both up to be honest as they largely have the same channel list anyway. If you don't have a dish already it's a bit pointless having one installed when you won't gain anything from it, just plug in your normal aerial coax.
  14. This is true, I see the worst of it because of the family business, however personally, I've never had an issue with any of my tenants in my BTL properties. I am very strict on the vetting however, I simply won't touch anyone on any kind of benefits whatsoever, this means it occasionally takes a little longer to find new tenants, but once they are in they tend to stay long term.
  15. One thing you learn pretty quickly as a landlord is that tenants are protected much more than your investment is. If you're lucky, you'll never have a bad tenant and it will all go well, but it only takes one bad tenant to financially ruin you. There are ways to mitigate your risk of course, but they all carry different risks of their own and it's always the good landlords that get turned over, slum-lords just get away with it. As mrme says, the agent is absolutely correct and could find himself in a lot of hot water for releasing personal information, that is why the information is only given to a solicitor who will then advise you on wether to go ahead with the purchase, avoid altogether, or go ahead with conditions, such as evicting the current tenants and taking possession of the property once vacant.