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Roadsterstu

Another 12 months' ticket

Fairly easy pass for the V50 at 300 miles short of 100,000. Advisories on both lower front wishbone bushes, which were advisories last year. The tester said they were unlikely to last the next 12 months. Pretty common to replace these on C30/S40/V50/Focus.

25 quid for the test.

Onwards to 100k, which should come up by early next week, I reckon. I will have had the sensible family estate 2 years by then.
gonnabuildabuggy

Good result. Time does fly doesn't it.

MX5 failed last week on a bush, not surprising as it had been an advisory for last 2yrs.

Otherwise clean bill of health which is good for a 24 yr old car with 160K on the clock.

(I'll ignore the fact it had 200 worth of welding late last year).
Humphrey The Pug

Got the C3 MOT'd end of February, it passed with a couple of advisories; both lower front suspension bushes had a bit of play, so they will need doing for next year.

I will admit though that with a lot of personal crap going on last year, we completely forgot that the MOT ran out in June, we only realised when we received a letter from the DVLA in February saying that the automatic RFL DD renewal wouldn't go ahead in March due to no MOT; whoops!!
Grampa

Scirocco flew through its 4th MOT last week - (touch wood) not one advisory at all yet - but then the Mini's only had a couple of minor things as it approaches its 8th MOT.
Martin

Excellent result, hopefully it will continue to be reliable and hassle free.
Grampa

Hope so - I intend keeping it a long time!
Martin

I did mean the Volvo as I hadnt seen your post when I replied, but the same applies!

I was reading our car policy yesterday and if you get the cash option, you're supposed to run a car that's under 5 years old.  I understand them not wanting you to visit customers in something that's not in good condition, but that's a bit extreme.
Roadsterstu

Martin wrote:
I did mean the Volvo as I hadnt seen your post when I replied, but the same applies!

I was reading our car policy yesterday and if you get the cash option, you're supposed to run a car that's under 5 years old. I understand them not wanting you to visit customers in something that's not in good condition, but that's a bit extreme.


Surely just an excuse to start planning the next purchase in plenty of time.

Humph, I probably shouldn't admit it but my MOT expired about 14 days before I thought it did. Luckily I checked online out of curiosity and got a shock. 7 days out when I took it.
It's in my diary now  
Alf McQueef

Martin wrote:

I was reading our car policy yesterday and if you get the cash option, you're supposed to run a car that's under 5 years old. I understand them not wanting you to visit customers in something that's not in good condition, but that's a bit extreme.


I think all the car policies I have worked under say that - less than 5 years, "respectable" or something like that, and with 4 doors.

No-one in any of those companies has ever cared or worked to that, however!!!
Humphrey The Pug

Roadsterstu wrote:
Martin wrote:
I did mean the Volvo as I hadnt seen your post when I replied, but the same applies!

I was reading our car policy yesterday and if you get the cash option, you're supposed to run a car that's under 5 years old. I understand them not wanting you to visit customers in something that's not in good condition, but that's a bit extreme.


Surely just an excuse to start planning the next purchase in plenty of time.

Humph, I probably shouldn't admit it but my MOT expired about 14 days before I thought it did. Luckily I checked online out of curiosity and got a shock. 7 days out when I took it.
It's in my diary now


The Police tend to be the worst for trading in cars that are out of MOT, or have bald tyres.
Martin

It doesn't specify 4 doors or anything other than age, only when it's a company lease car

It's unlikely to effect me even if enforced, but you're right, I bet nobody cares anyway on both sides.

Roadsterstu wrote:
Surely just an excuse to start planning the next purchase in plenty of time.


It won't come as any surprise to hear that's already started....
him

^^^ Don't keep it quiet this time OK?    
gonnabuildabuggy

Alf McQueef wrote:
Martin wrote:

I was reading our car policy yesterday and if you get the cash option, you're supposed to run a car that's under 5 years old. I understand them not wanting you to visit customers in something that's not in good condition, but that's a bit extreme.


I think all the car policies I have worked under say that - less than 5 years, "respectable" or something like that, and with 4 doors.

No-one in any of those companies has ever cared or worked to that, however!!!


Hence I got a private plate when I bought the S60 when I started a new job.

However it soon turned out the policy was ignored. The worse being the UK Marketing Director at the time who ran a 10 yr old Rover 600. His (logical) argument was that it spent most of it's time in the Heathrow Parking lot so the older the better.
PhilD

Re: Another 12 months' ticket

Roadsterstu wrote:
Fairly easy pass for the V50


gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
MX5 failed last week on a bush, otherwise clean bill of health which is good for a 24 yr old car with 160K on the clock.


Humphrey The Pug wrote:
Got the C3 MOT'd end of February, it passed with a couple of advisories


Grampa wrote:
Scirocco flew through its 4th MOT last week - (touch wood) not one advisory at all yet - but then the Mini's only had a couple of minor things as it approaches its 8th MOT.


And somewhere in the Universe some poor soul is suffering endless problems...
PG

Alf McQueef wrote:
Martin wrote:

I was reading our car policy yesterday and if you get the cash option, you're supposed to run a car that's under 5 years old. I understand them not wanting you to visit customers in something that's not in good condition, but that's a bit extreme.


I think all the car policies I have worked under say that - less than 5 years, "respectable" or something like that, and with 4 doors.

No-one in any of those companies has ever cared or worked to that, however!!!


We used to have that years ago. I expect some HR person, with no interest in cars, still thinks that all 5 year old cars are sheds. Our rule on that was done away with and now just has the "respectable" tag. Plus it must have four seats. Not four doors, but four sets. Now whether anybody can actually sit in the back seats is not specified.
Martin

him wrote:
^^^ Don't keep it quiet this time OK?


Of course not....it is supposed to be a car forum  
gonnabuildabuggy

Re: Another 12 months' ticket

PhilD wrote:

And somewhere in the Universe some poor soul is suffering endless problems...


Usually Fiat owners....
TreVoR

Re: Another 12 months' ticket

PhilD wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
Fairly easy pass for the V50


gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
MX5 failed last week on a bush, otherwise clean bill of health which is good for a 24 yr old car with 160K on the clock.


Humphrey The Pug wrote:
Got the C3 MOT'd end of February, it passed with a couple of advisories


Grampa wrote:
Scirocco flew through its 4th MOT last week - (touch wood) not one advisory at all yet - but then the Mini's only had a couple of minor things as it approaches its 8th MOT.


And somewhere in the Universe some poor soul is suffering endless problems...


I think I need some of you lot to start failing MOTs to address the balance somewhat.    
Grampa

Alf McQueef wrote:
Martin wrote:

I was reading our car policy yesterday and if you get the cash option, you're supposed to run a car that's under 5 years old. I understand them not wanting you to visit customers in something that's not in good condition, but that's a bit extreme.


I think all the car policies I have worked under say that - less than 5 years, "respectable" or something like that, and with 4 doors.

No-one in any of those companies has ever cared or worked to that, however!!!


I can never quite get the idea that a company car has to project the right image - in all the time I was 'on the road' it was very rare for a customer to actually see my car and even rarer for those who did to pass comment.  The only time I ever remember a car making an impression on a customer was when an entire Ford dealership emptied in order to look at my first Mini - the first time many had a chance to see one close up.
gonnabuildabuggy

Grampa wrote:
I can never quite get the idea that a company car has to project the right image - in all the time I was 'on the road' it was very rare for a customer to actually see my car and even rarer for those who did to pass comment. The only time I ever remember a car making an impression on a customer was when an entire Ford dealership emptied in order to look at my first Mini - the first time many had a chance to see one close up.


I do get it, when they were company cars - smart but not too onstentatious.

With the advent of the car allowance then it doesn't matter so much.

I bought the S60 as I felt it made the right statement at the time (and more importantly I liked them more than the direct alternatives). 2 yrs later, when I realised it didn't matter too much I bought the 93 Convertible.
Stuntman

Both the M3 and the Cayman S failed their MOTs this year.  M3 needed new wheel bearings before it passed, Cayman needed four things fixing.  All now fixed, although wallet somewhat lighter.
Roadsterstu

I'm rather surprised at the wheel bearings on the M3.
Stuntman

So was I.  But maybe the floods of 2013/14 affected them, I was contracting in Bournemouth back then and often had to drive (carefully) through standing water for several weeks, twice a week.
Tim

I always seem to be spending money on suspension bits for MOTs now but then considering the state of the roads and proliferation of speed bumps I suppose its no surprise.

The fast Datsun went straight through its (first) MOT last month with no problems, not even the usual statement about underbody/engine bay cladding.

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