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    Apparently one of the reasons given for such a low inflation rate was the half price meals in August in the governments great giveaway and wonder just how many disabled folk benefited from that while being told to say at home.

    So looks like the half price meals was very well thought out and can’t help thinking it was all engineered in. Looks like Sunak is smarter than your average Bear and its no wonder there saying he will make a good PM.🤷‍♂️

    No allowance for the increase cost of toilet paper in March or the fact we now have to buy masks if we want to go outside.

    in reply to: when did a boot floor become added extra…. #127614
    ChrisK
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    This picking up a new car is becoming a minefield, what with checking the insurance detail’s, driving licenses, paying the correct AP and making sure all the bits are in the car that should be in there with that in itself is near on impossible not to mention the difficulty of just moving around the showroom that is also in itself a chore for the disabled.

    Getting a bit like buying a house and wonder how long it will be before we need a solicitor with us when we sign for our cars.😁😢

    in reply to: Car Service Every Year? #127548
    ChrisK
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    Courtesy car is not an option for me rox I’m afraid to say because the car is adapted for my disability and I’m yet to see a loaned car with those features.😁

    I dislike having the car taken away as you have to spend the rest of the day keeping a lookout for its return but this is the first time I’ve had it collected so I will see how it goes Friday.

    in reply to: Car Service Every Year? #127539
    ChrisK
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    My car is coming up to two years old next week and dealer rang last week to book it in for service this Friday.

     

    First year service was just to check all the nuts and bolts were still tight but at least on the coming service they should change the oil so doing something.

    I normally wait why they do the service but don’t fancy sitting in the showroom for two hours with a mask on so there collecting it.

    Car’s computer is saying service in 6 days but its only saying that because I set it up when I collected the car two years ago because that escaped the handover checks but important thing for we Motability customers is to get the service book stamped so make sure they do that.

    in reply to: Benefit and Works Telephone pip Assessments and more #127514
    ChrisK
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    Yes I know. And it was right at the beginning of the call. Obviously didn’t help but she was so abrupt and damn right rude on occasions. I recorded most of the call anyway. The lady really needs some customer service training. It also sounded like she was puffing on a cigarette at the same time on a couple of occasions during the call. Now 8 weeks of waiting for the decision.

    John my experiences with F2F is that being “abrupt and damn right rude” is one of the qualification you need to become an assessor. 😢

    in reply to: Benefit and Works Telephone pip Assessments and more #127434
    ChrisK
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    Talking about stress filling out PIP forms I made the remark on my form that I’m not going to explain how I deal with my toilet needs even though it says on the form “no matter how embarrassing it maybe” but said to them “try dropping your pants, doing the business and wiping your backside with one hand behind your back”. 😁

    Still had to go to tribune but at least the judge put on his notes to the DWP that “it would be inappropriate to put a time limit on Mr Chris’s award” so I got the 10 years.

    in reply to: Congestion charge extended in London potentially #127428
    ChrisK
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    @Philjb

    Your right on the money there Phil, pardon the pun.

    The last 20 years of my 37 working years in the construction trade was estimating cost of works and whenever we put forward costing for anything within 10 miles from London city centre we would add at least 30% to 50% to the figure that our computers would compute so a £250,000 would be £400,000 to £500,000.

    We never wanted work in London anyway, if we could help it, as its just too much trouble but believe it or not we still use to win jobs there so had plenty of money in the pocket for any chargers they throw at us but you can see another reason why London is made so expensive to live there.

    That said, the centre of most cities are getting this way no matter where and I’ve always use to make a joke about parking charges, congestion charges and the cost of a gallon all comes out in the cost of a loaf of bread.😊

    in reply to: Congestion charge extended in London potentially #127210
    ChrisK
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    I wonder how long it will be until the zone is anywhere inside the M25.

    in reply to: Benefit and Works Telephone pip Assessments and more #127207
    ChrisK
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    I think the rule on “approved equipment” regarding recording an assessment refers to face to face but when your in your own home that rule goes out the window as far as I would be concerned as it’s my home and my phone.

    in reply to: Top Ten CO2 polluters on the scheme…………….. #127103
    ChrisK
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    Interesting indeed but it’s all very well using laboratory numbers for these sorts of things but they always miss the final link in the chain i.e. the driver.

    I bet any money being a mature experience driver that the car I have causes less pollution than cars down the list that are driven by folk who have lead in the soles of their shoes and who jump on the brakes 20 metres from the stop line when the traffic lights are red or those driver that refuse to use stop and go.

    What it tells us if we didn’t already know is the bigger the car the more pollution but like comparing a 5 Watt light bulb that uses less energy and therefore less polluting than a 3KWh Kettle but you can’t make a cup of tea with a 5 Watt light bulb.😁

    in reply to: Software updates #127016
    ChrisK
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    I assume it’s infotainment or satnav software your talking about and not critical safety software.

    KIA do the same for their infotainment units and the satnav maps in that they used to charge £25 to update but a few week ago they put it up to £40.

    I updated my maps for free using a torrent, a bit naughty I know but when the maps are a couple of years old when you collect a new car I’m not paying them to do it.

    KIA says its up to the dealer if they charge to update during a service but my maps are up to date for free and no way I’d pay. When the car goes back next year I will swap the SD card over and put the original one back in so when they resale the car the maps will be at least 5 years out of date but not my problem.

    in reply to: Some Dealers negative attitude to Motability #126996
    ChrisK
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    On the point of trading in a personal car and that Motability says its fine to trade in a car to off set the AP I had a 4 year old ex-Motability VW Golf and asked the KIA dealer what they would give me for it and just got stoned wall every time I asked and that was when I was eyeing up the KIA Caren, when I was ordering the Carens and when I collected the Carens.

    Not really a problem as Golfs are easy to sale anyway but just thought it would save me hassle at handover of my new Motability car.

    They did mutter something about the VW not being their franchise but truth is, they just don’t want to know.

    in reply to: When to start looking at new cars? #126994
    ChrisK
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    @Markymate

    This is interesting?

     

    Just had a look in my Motability account for when I can order my next car, as if I didn’t already know😁 , and it has this statement under “New car application” section.

    Quote “Coming soon: Start your renewal application online” and “We are working hard to bring you new online features, including the option to start your renewal application at home” un-quote.

    What do you think that means, is it just saving them a postage stamp by clicking a link that says “start your renewal now” or, and less likely, will we be abled to order cars from dealers online?

    in reply to: New Smart traffic lights will turn green for cyclists #126826
    ChrisK
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    Tempted to see if these new AI traffic lights can distinguish between a bicycle & a wheelchair, or a motorbike….. As for Worthing’s cone jungle, the county council have done the same in Horsham, same result, gridlock and no cyclists ever observed using the coned off lanes. Tempted to use them with the wheelchair to avoid pedestrians on the pavements. In Reigate, SCC were quick off the mark to cordon off a lane but the video of an ambulance stuck in the resulting gridlock & reports of people possibly dying soon had the lane returned to normal use. The council had even coned off the disabled parking bays as MAMILs are obviously a priority over us for SCC.

    Apparently they do work.

    “Paste and go” this address into your browser https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi2h6BpRcns&feature=emb_logo

    These cameras unknown to us have been in use for a couple of years now in the UK.

    There’s no way to stop this madness and is why I won’t be voting for any of the main parties next election and The Monster Raving Loony Party is going to get my vote come next election. 😁

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    in reply to: VW Touran – R LINE vs SE Family – Both 1.5tsi 150bhp #126820
    ChrisK
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    Hi Chris Sorry i saw your reply just now i agree, with the SE Family you lose out on some decent extras which you get with the SEL and the SEL is £100 cheaper too! from £899 (SEL) to £1499 (R-LINE) you get 18″ Alloys and the usual R-Line cosmetic kits. It would be different if the engines were different, but they are all the same in the Touran 1.5tsi Range. This is why i opted for the SEL with DSG, adds another £200 but to me thats ok for me, il be driving the car for next 3 years so want it to be a relaxing 3 year drive. the SE model i test drove had a few optional extras, like electric tailgate, i did ask if that was standard but the salesman said it was extra. I notice it has the tyre pressure sensor too where it shows the exact tyre pressure for each tyre. Brochure says this is extra. As you say the “standard” spec could change, i guess id have to wait and see.

    Hi Antec

    Your reference to the “tyre monitor” brought back horrid memories of my previous car, the Golf Match fitted with the standard tyre monitor, that gave countless false alarms.

    I did mention about this on a VW owners forum but very few had had the same problem but it was really annoying on the motorway going on holiday and you have to come off the motorway to find it to be a false alarm but seems I just had a car with a faulty sensor and shouldn’t be a problem in future if and when I return to the VW stable. I also brought this up with Motability after they had an article in the Lifestyles mag about how wonderful this system was for disabled folk. After making my comments about not being as wonderful as they may think they suggested contacting the dealer to have the system turned off but I never did as the car was due to be returned but over the 3 years I had about 10 to 15 false alarms at very inconvenient times.

    The electric tail lift is a £365 extra on the Touran and while it would be an option that would help me I don’t think its one I would pay for even if it is a reasonable price, same goes for the individualize tyre monitoring that comes in at £170 extra but would hope my next VW didn’t suffer that flaw I had.

    ChrisK
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    I assume  Motability don’t want to take the risk of low resale prices and yes I noticed the  VW Touran is only available in petrol now and yet if you take that it uses AdBlue so is more than likely cleaner than petrol but we must go along with the government experts and we all know just how expert they are, don’t we.😁

    in reply to: Is motability losing business cause of Covid #126770
    ChrisK
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    I wonder when a dealer says there doing well I think maybe there putting on a brave face but they could have been referring to Motabilty and not the main market because overall numbers are down.

    SMMT Vehicle Data

    The truth. 😁

    in reply to: VW Touran – R LINE vs SE Family – Both 1.5tsi 150bhp #126651
    ChrisK
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    Just had a quick look at the VW comparison for this model as it’s a model I follow very closely and would say that the SE Family version is a great big no, no unless you really do love sun-roofs.😁

    You lose so much over the SEL or R that there’s too many thing to list here.😢

    One thing I’ve noticed having revisited the VW configuration is that the Touran SEL has lost it’s run flat tyres and gained one of those terrible tyre kits.😢

    Apart from the tyre kit I’ve found the standard headlights on the Golf, so assuming the same for the Touran, to be naff and the upgrade expensive but with the tyre kit being added, if indeed it has, it marks the Touran down a little bit for me but still the best deal I can see for my needs but will be giving the Seat range a closer look come next July but more than likely be keeping with the Touran despite those tiny niggles.

    Just one other thing ? I noticed a pop-up while using the configuration for the Touran saying something about the specs for the engines may differ from August 20 due to emission changes so another one to keep an eye on, anyone know what those changes maybe with regards to the performance of the Touran?

    in reply to: Leon FR 2020 – Not as good as you expect #126580
    ChrisK
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    My thoughts and two pennies worth on car advancement over previous models is petrol and diesel cars are dead in the water for manufacturers now and all the money is going into the advancement of EV’s.

    Can’t see that changing and I think with VW there putting all there money, understandably so, into electric so no point in updating current models other than tiny face lifts.

    in reply to: Driverless taxis to be available in Phoenix ‘in weeks’ #126533
    ChrisK
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    Well we’ve all seen what happens in Terminator, Rise of the Machines. 😁

    in reply to: Driverless taxis to be available in Phoenix ‘in weeks’ #126523
    ChrisK
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    Driverless taxi’s beside, just how long would a taxi take to get here from Phoenix.  😁

    in reply to: Been to Toyota dealer today #126474
    ChrisK
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    Mike don’t get distracted by gorgeous blonds and keep your concentration on the car.

     

    😁😁

    in reply to: More questions sorry #126325
    ChrisK
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    Hi ajn Just to clear up something that’s very important, when you say “My Daughter drives me home on private policies” I assume you mean in her car and not your Motability car because if it is the latter there could be a problem.

    Their first car is on order so it won’t be in a motability car. Ajn Provided she can get private insurance to drive then She should be fine.

    Yet another sorry, sorry I missed that. 😁

    in reply to: More questions sorry #126320
    ChrisK
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    Hi ajn

    Just to clear up something that’s very important, when you say “My Daughter drives me home on private policies” I assume you mean in her car and not your Motability car because if it is the latter there could be a problem.

    in reply to: Big Boot – Low AP #126227
    ChrisK
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    The VW Touran SEL is a bargain but is smaller than the Sharan but has plenty of boot space if used as a 5 seater with seats 6 & 7 folded down. I think the Touran is being withdrawn soon as the Volkswagen website is saying “Stock orders only” but then I thought the Sharan was being discontinued last year and its still here. 🤷‍♂️

    Thought I’d pop back into this thread and update my statement about the VW Touran, having just down loaded the Motability price list from the VW-UK site there is no mention of the Touran being “Stock Orders Only”.

    When I tried to configure the Touran as a private buyer last month it said “stock only” so hopefully it was just a temporarily stop in production.

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