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Pinewood

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About Pinewood

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    South Bucks
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    this and that, but mostly the other

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    987.2 Boxster S PDK . BMW X3 3.0d M Sport

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  1. Opted out of company cars 20 years ago. No brainer that I am better off in my own vehicle, but stop reading if you like having a new car every 3-4 years. I got myself a MK1 Ford focus 1.8 Ghia and ran it for 4 years. Pocketed 20k in that time and spent minimal on the Focus (just regular servicing) After that I started buying BMW's , tend to buy cash 1 year old and keep for 5-6 years. No regrets as I don't need a new poverty spec Hyundai, Toyota or VW every 3-4 years. Company pays us 20p/mile and at the end of the tax year, I claim the difference from the tax man which is currently set at 45p/mile
  2. Dad came over today with his insurance renewal from directline this morning. He is 83 and drives an old Merc less than 2000 miles a year. Last year he paid £698 Auto renewal this year =£812 Did the usual and checked confused.com and got quotes of £745 which is still too much for someone that drives once a week to do his grocery shopping. Rang directline and this years quote is now £690, which is £8 less than last year. Moral of the story, never auto renew and make sure you have that convo with any insurance company.
  3. Never auto renew any type of insurance or cover. How long does it really take to have a quick look on comparison websites and ring original insurer for a price match?
  4. We spoke about South Bucks via PM , I found my insurance went down after moving out of West London
  5. Make sure the roof latch is all the way open!!!
  6. @Mattman42 had this and replaced. I bought some spares as a "when" not "if" it happens to me. Plastic is the way to go as they act like a mechanical fuse and save the rest of the roof.
  7. Nice write up Matt .... Might as well put up a sign "Matt's Mod Shop"
  8. sorry to hear this Patt, hope you find something and quickly. It's a curse of modern living that redundancies are a fact of life
  9. Looks a bit steep to me. My wife and I have a similar NCB to you, but the Porsche is 5000 miles p/a and we insured for £420 with £250 excess. Mind you it's our 3rd car and not a daily driver. Try LV
  10. For the old car: + put current plate on retention with DVLA (online and very easy) + get the new stock reg number for the old car and install plates to match (once private plate on retention, the web site will advise on mounting original plates immediately) + tell insurance the car is the same but the plate has changed. Do I need to re-tax on the new stock number for a few days while the car is in the process of being sold? (no need to re tax) For the new car: + use retention certificate to assign the private plate to new car and install new plates to match (again online, and it will say please mount this plate NOW) + tax and move insurance to new car (which now has the same plate as the old car) - yes Wrap up: + will the tax on the old plate simply wash through or do I need to stop and re-start it? That is, does the tax belong to the VIN or the reg? (if there is a refund due, then DVLA will send you that back, otherwise it will just wash through. New owners responsibility to tax the vehicle, as your contribution doesn't transfer over with vehicle) + send in the two V5C 'log books' with the different owners on (yes) I'm sure there are a few gotchas - anyone know what they are? What's the timing look like for all this? (if all above steps have been taken - around 7-9 days) Short of keeping the both cars off the road for a week or so while the machinations proceed, what's the legality / practicalities of driving while the tax / plates / insurance / ownership don't quite match up? (if you do these steps on line or find a satellite DVLA office - no issues regarding the law) click below - it's all explained dvla website
  11. Seen these fm transmitters - and they work okay.
  12. Glad you brought this up Matt. Our cars are similarly specced,but neither has the universal audio interface installed. My dealer said it's a £300 job to provide the kit, fit the cable and code it? The car goes in to be prepped tommorow, and thinking about coughing up to have it done before pick up day
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