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About cruiser647

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    BBC Correspondant
  • Birthday 03/01/1969

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    Anywhere but work....
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    Nice cars, IT, squash
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    PC support
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    Audi A6 2.7T Avant Quattro Tip
  1. MOTs in older cars

    And you can't hide them by straightening the wheel!
  2. MOTs in older cars

    There were in fact quite a few that had failures due to tyres being down to the threads or metals braids. Even walking down the road, if a tyre I see sticking out where the driver has left the wheel turned, I glance at the thread. The amount that are bald or at least well below the limit is surprising!!! And I am not just talking about older or cheaper looking cars, many BMW/Audi and Mercs etc are amongst this lot.
  3. Young persons' car insurance

    As a laugh, I got her to get quotes on other cars. A 1.4 mk 4 or 5 Golf was over £3k. Yet a newer A1 was £2.1k Even the i10 was over £1800. The Swift (07 plated 1.5 model) and (IIRC) the Corsa 1.2 were best at £1400 or thereabouts. So far. Will get her to check the 1.0 Corsa and the smaller engined Swift.
  4. Young persons' car insurance

    We will check out the black box stuff again, as each company has different parameters for box use. Cheaper premiums for newer cars? I was trying to figure out some sort of correlation between the premiums and will definitely look into this one. The cars are all cheap compared to the premiums. But then again, we knew that. ☹️
  5. Young persons' car insurance

    We are going on running costs. She mentions the car and I tell her if it's reliable or not! She knows what she likes and doesn't like, which helps a lot. Still, she needs to pass her theory and practical tests first!
  6. Young persons' car insurance

    Thank you folks. I'll offer maintenance, servicing and money. Test drives and advice etc etc
  7. Young persons' car insurance

    Fronting... I am not Pharrell.... OK, will knock that in the head. It seems a few of the insurance companies review the driving every 3 or 4 months. Seems quite reasonable! She is not keen on the black box, although there are some that say they don't use the boxes full capabilities, but just certain parameters it can offer. That is another thing to check.
  8. MOTs in older cars

    The Government MOT checking website is a boon! Checking on old cars for daughter number 2 and it I see amazing how many smaller cars have failed once they get to 3 yrs old!! Some have failed every year for 6 yrs! And the cars are only 9 yrs old!!!! Naturally, we can ignore headlamp, indicator, bumper light type failures, can ignore the windscreen wiper smearing type issues too, but many have suspension failures, so I would presume people are launching themselves on road humps!! Or straddling the smaller humps. Many have emission issues too. It is a good site to check for common issues for the same type of vehicle.
  9. Young persons' car insurance

    Daughter number 2 is learning to drive. She is looking at cars too. We went to Peterborough BCA auctions as they had Polos, Mazda 2, Swifts, Mini Ones, Corsa and Civics. Now back home, she is looking at insurance.... GULP!!! So that is the Civic, Mazda 1and Golf ruled out. She does not want a black box, but is likely to go down the Pass Plus route and have a dashcam (as that seems to be an option on some to reduce the cost). My question is.... Is it possible that I can be the main driver on her car and have her as the named driver? Even though I have my own insurance for my car, is it possible and would it better for her? What would happen if she has an accident, would it affect my renewal cost next time round? Would it make her insurance the following year much cheaper instead of her being the main driver in the first place and (barring any accidents) get a years no claims?
  10. Great Wall to buy Fiat?

    DJP will be happy..... N American 'jewel' to be sold to China? Did Fiat over reach for Chrysler? I know many a U.K. (Euro) firm has bought a US firm, only to find it was not quite what they hoped. I can see DJT stopping it somehow, anyhow!!!
  11. Tesla updates

    This bloke is not impressed with the Tesla 3.... Some good points made.....
  12. Carwash Spots

    That Aston looks utterly fabulous!!! Just look at it!!!
  13. New pants please

    Considering the 7 floor drop, I think it seems to have faired quite well.
  14. Football results today

    Bloody AFC!! How to wind the fans up in every game. Even the victories.
  15. New pants please

    You make it sound as if they would use their rear view mirror!!!