Rich44

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  • in reply to: Which electricity tariff? #272428
    Rich44
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      If you can minimise your usage between 4pm and 7pm Octopus Agike is well worth a look. I have the heating set to shut off during those hours when power is expensive and our bill works out to about 15p/kwh

      Plus there are times like tonight when the price goes negative so tyrn everything on and your bill goes down.

      If you want to compare Octopus tariffs Octopus compare app is brilliant.

      Also with Octopus you can get their home mini for free that gives real time usage every ten seconds to the app so you see exactly what’s going on at any time.

      We were with go faster for 2 years when it was 15p/5p but since switching to Agile it’s quite “fun” playing the game.

      in reply to: Looking at fitting an air source heat pump heat pump #272356
      Rich44
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        Are you keeping the combi for hot water?

        If it were me I’d rather have an ASHP running at 75% capacity by having a bigger unit than a smaller one chuffing it’s nuts off.

        Vaillant now do an all in one unit with nearly no plumbing with cylinder, expansion vessel etc in a unit that looks like a fridge freezer plus the heat pump outdoors then you have hot water and heating all in one tidy unit it doesn’t even need an immersion cycle to prevent legionnaires, if you wanted to switch completely. Ours is the older school cylinder expansion vessel all plumbed separately and they took an age to do all the plumbing by hand the unitower looks much better.

        Seeing as the guts of the system will be with you for decades I would go for the larger unit you have the option of adding radiators later that way too.

        After initial teething issues gotta say it runs well, keeps the house warm all the time, there’s no gets really hot then too cold, if you have a weather compensating add on that helps too and our electricity bill is quite reasonable with Agile and having the heating shut off between 4 and 7pm each day to avoid peak kwh charges.

        We keep ours down to about 15p/kwh and about £130 a month which includes paying for the extra winter usage

        in reply to: Done with all of it #272308
        Rich44
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          Your post gave me the kick up the bum to put an email together and emailed the CEO.

          I got a reply pretty quick saying it had been passed on and I’d hear in 24 hours and I got a reply saying they’d seen on record I prefer email and asked for some security which was great.

          Anyway hire car has been extended until June, they’ve promised to support me until the car arrives.

          They’ve assured me kwikfit will be here tomorrow

          Theyre getting DLM and RAC to investigate having to squeeze around at a scrapyard to retrieve my scooter with no disabled access and waiting multiple hours for recovery, sending a taxi to a location in London instead of Norfolk when I had an accident etc.

          I’ve since had a text from europcar saying the hire car needs an mot and Motability are looking to get the hire car changed given the state of it.

          Thanks to everyone who replied on here I don’t think I would’ve written to the ceo without you I would’ve continued filling in the complaint form instead

          I didn’t realise how badly I was affected by all this but I read all that and started crying.

          in reply to: Looking at fitting an air source heat pump heat pump #272306
          Rich44
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            I should add there’s 4 of us home I’m home most of the time. The kids are 15 and 17. They both have gadgets galore, big tv (inherited or used cheap) and PCs. So there’s 3 gaming PCs, 3 xboxes all that kinda stuff so when not at school or college that’s all on.

            There’s no EV charging in that mix as the new ones on order still.

            That’s also including 400 litres of hot water at 50C too either full tank or topping up depending on usage and a once weekly anti legionnaires immersion heater cycle to 65c or so

            Plus if I’m feeling cold I have a heated throw in the lounge

            in reply to: Looking at fitting an air source heat pump heat pump #272303
            Rich44
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              We went from oil so I can’t give you gas figures but we used roughly about 1000 litres of oil a year on average bad winter maybe more bit….

              We’re in a well insulated 1930s 3 bed semi

              Radiators are 5 large double wall, 1 triple wall, 4 small single

              Our ASHP was either 5kw or 8kw can’t remember but definitely no larger. This perfectly keeps the house at 19/20c I’ve turned it down to 19c and we’ve go[en used to it now but you totally avoid the peaks and troughs it just sits at that temp all day long.

              We’ve now got 4kw solar too and it’s more than enough for heating plus our base energy plus an appliance say dishwasher or washer plus our dryer at the same time as its also a heatpump one and sips power.

              This is our usage w/c 1st April

              in reply to: Done with all of it #271936
              Rich44
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                Hi hopefully they won’t but it says so when you call Europcar and arrange for a replacement.

                in reply to: Done with all of it #271853
                Rich44
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                  <p style=”text-align: left;”>@kezo yup car is now parked up with shredded tyre until weds between 830am and 6pm I don’t even know why they call it an appointment with a 1 hour window there.</p>
                  They also say you might be charged for tyres too ill be furious those are original tyres from new and nearly down to the wear bars so they nearly needed doing.

                  Annoyingly the tpms warning didn’t ho off until I was driving home with the AA spacesaver on fat lot of good that was

                  in reply to: Done with all of it #271802
                  Rich44
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                    Maybe my 7kg black cat Prince is angry cos I said he was fat lol.

                    Yeah only reason I joined is I was fed up with the annual mot worry. I wanted to worry free single point of call.

                    You know I got better service when I had a company car tyres, servicing, repairs etc one phone call sorted everything that’s what I thought Motability would be.

                    I could understand the money limit with hire cars but when they’re sitting on over £2bn in cash reserves why can’t they look after us properly?

                    I’ll have to write everything up from my first breakdown to today. Their taxi service is unusable as they come from Norwich which is 30 miles away so 2 mile trip from my home to dealer cost motability £80

                    4 times now I’ve had yo fight for a hire car not a specific one just a hire car.

                    You have a problem MB fob you off tell you to complain to each company like RAC MB don’t wanna know.

                    I feel awful moaning I don’t wanna moan about stuff all the time but between my screwed up bathroom that I had to moan about to this I’m just losing the willy live over all this stuff.

                    Now stuck home till Weds during kids Easter break.

                    Think I need to go see a spiritualist or something and get blessed clear out all the bad stuff lol

                    in reply to: Done with all of it #271790
                    Rich44
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                      Home now ill give AA credit when I explained I was disabled and my diabetic teen was hone alone they did prioritise me so only waited about 90 mins.

                      They put a multi fit soacesaver on and followed me home then put the normal wheel on.

                      Now waiting till weds between 830am and 6pm for kwikfit

                      in reply to: Done with all of it #271780
                      Rich44
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                        Well apparently “out of hours” despite Saturday being a weekday really these days there’s no way of getting tyres done.

                        So now I’ve got the choice of waiting to be taken to kwikfit 30 miles away and AA might not get here before 5 and kwikfit might not have stock so then I’d be stranded 30 miles from home. Or they might be shut

                        Or I get towed to my home address and I guess wait until next week for kwikfit to come out.

                        AA don’t talk to kwikfit who don’t talk to europcar. Im having to keep phoning between them all.

                        I’ve given up told them to get me home ive got meds to take by 4 and my sons insulin is due by then too. Car can sit on drive with flat and europcar can arrange to remove it I’m done.

                        in reply to: Done with all of it #271775
                        Rich44
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                          Funny you should say that when they said there was nothing they could do about the hire car I said can I start an official complaint then please. Next email they extended till 19th April I guess to shut me up.

                          Yes I must write a proper complaint out by post. I get hire cars have to go back some time but the long wait for new cars isn’t my fault, the long wait to write mine off wasn’t my fault either so you know I expect a little flexibility.

                          I’ve never had the experience of worry free each time I’ve needed a hire car for breakdowns etc I get the none available and have to fight for one.

                          If I wasn’t in love with the Enyaq I’m close to getting I think I’d be tempted to go back to old bangers. Best car I ever had was a £550 2003 Mondeo Ghia X 2.5 V6 had 140k miles but it was solid and LOADS of fun and had airconditioned leather seats mmmmmmm lol.

                          in reply to: Everything Enyaq #271690
                          Rich44
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                            <p style=”text-align: left;”>Try calling their bluff say if they won’t do it you’ll cancel the order and go elsewhere.</p>
                            Makes me wonder if their customer service is so bad now when they’re selling a £50k car what’s it gonna be like later…

                            Good luck

                            in reply to: Everything Enyaq #271614
                            Rich44
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                              I asked Wings in King’s Lynn 3 times for a test drive not once did they get back to me. Glad I used Group 1 in Norwich offered an all day test drive immediately and they altered the AP without being asked. Didn’t and I wouldn’t pay a deposit either. I’d urge any dealer that demands a large deposit for a car that could take 6 months to arrive to order elsewhere too if you can.

                              We could really do with a rating database for these dealers. Amazes me that they supposed to be the same and done demand money others dont why?

                              Praying mine arrives later this month or ill have to use sons learner banger after the 19th

                              in reply to: New PEUGEOT E-3008 #271508
                              Rich44
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                                I heartily recommend Octopus tariffs for EV owners. We’re on Agile at the moment where the price changes in 30 min windows. Our effective price works out to 16p/kWh. All we do is minimise usage between 4 and 7pm each day when prices are high and we’re saving a fortune. We do have 4kw of solar too which helps but that only went in December so we’re not getting the most from it yet.

                                Our bill is currently around £30 a week without EV charging

                                There’s also Intelligent and Go tariffs too with off peak times to charge. Aside from money Octopus is the only energy company I’ve recommended others their CS has been excellent.

                                in reply to: Quarter 2 1st April 2024 – News and updates #270937
                                Rich44
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                                  How on Earth did you get 3 phase free? Thatust be so galactic level jam there lol

                                  in reply to: Everything Enyaq #270935
                                  Rich44
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                                    Ahhh didn’t realise it was your first car I’d query it with them as it doesn’t outright say scrapped but only for renewals. When you next speak to them. Thing is with the helpline you often need to get to the next level to get anywhere. The ones who answer the phone have never been able to help with problems I’ve always had to take it higher. Try emailing them via the website I get more success that route than on the phone

                                    in reply to: Everything Enyaq #270928
                                    Rich44
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                                      Another classic example of Motability and their systems not having a clue what they’re doing, sadly. Hope you get it sorted, call them up and quote that link

                                      in reply to: Everything Enyaq #270927
                                      Rich44
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                                        They said on their website they’d changed that requirement.

                                        As for order number there must be a way of doing it because my dealer amended mine early January and it still has the same order number and order date from December only difference being the lower AP by £400.

                                        I’m wondering if there’s a certain change that updates the order and changes ap that some dealers know about and others don’t as some dealers are saying if you change the ap MB will freeze your order and investigate you. Others like mine did it without asking and I checked all the paperwork at the time and my paperwork and online account still says December.

                                        Really weird.

                                        Found it for you no more 12 month min

                                        https://www.motability.co.uk/get-support/faqs/my-allowance-ends-before-my-lease/

                                        in reply to: Quarter 2 1st April 2024 – News and updates #270921
                                        Rich44
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                                          Which DNO said that?

                                          in reply to: Everything Enyaq #270920
                                          Rich44
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                                            @Solymar they scrapped the 12 month pip remaining rule awhile back buddy.

                                            Hmm there’s enough one off the Sportline plus to add the heatpump instead…. Lol

                                            in reply to: Everything Enyaq #270919
                                            Rich44
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                                              They automatically knocked the £400 off in January from a December order, I don’t think I have the nerve to ask again even tho the car isn’t built yet.

                                              The number of people discussing this on the FB group and not being very nice about people asking for a discount price. I said if it was your order and it was £500 I bet you’d at least ask, hypocrites

                                              in reply to: Quarter 2 1st April 2024 – News and updates #270872
                                              Rich44
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                                                Not really sure you can compare the ZR-V and the Enyaq, ones an EV the others a hybrid.

                                                Also not really sure I agree. Looking at trim levels and price the Enyaq Sportline 85x is £900 cheaper now than the ZR-V advance and an almost identical spec to the advance except the Enyaq has AWD. All the safety gear is the same, power boot on the face they’re basically the same aside pan roof and the Skoda has 20/21″ wheels

                                                The only difference is the Honda has a pan roof as standard. However the boot is nearly 50% smaller than the Skoda. I think other than fuel type and dimensions they’re incredibly similar cars. Probably comes down to do you need the extra boot space and do you want petrol or electric. I did consider it it’s a lovely car, but I wanted to stay 100% electric as I just hate ICE now.

                                                in reply to: Quarter 2 1st April 2024 – News and updates #270871
                                                Rich44
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                                                  I had numerous DNO visits. Initially they upgraded me from 60A to 80A because we were looped.

                                                  Later they came and ran a new cable in and unlooped is and fitted a 100A fuse. We weren’t charged a penny by UK power networks

                                                  in reply to: Quarter 2 1st April 2024 – News and updates #270854
                                                  Rich44
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                                                    Yeah the previous Enyaq trims were pretty bad. The current ones are a lot better. It’s private because both BMW and Skoda are going to allow people to buy extras later I see the software is already there in the Skodas

                                                    in reply to: Quarter 2 1st April 2024 – News and updates #270715
                                                    Rich44
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                                                      There’s nearly 1000 cars on the scheme Inc variations and only 229 of them are EVs.

                                                      There are plenty of reasons to be critical of Motability like RAC response times, lack of hire cars, excessive “profits” etc but they’re not ramming EVs down anyone’s throats the vast majority of cars aren’t electric

                                                      Remember the push to electric is government driven, also manufacturers are probably behind this as much as Motability given the huge fines they face if they don’t keep % ice to EV right.

                                                      I get home charging is a big issue for a lot of people that needs addressing but honestly if you make changes at home an EV can be a total no brainer (at least for us we’re lucky as we can get an EV really cheaply). We’re lucky we have an air source heat pump and in December we got a 4kw solar install. Today we’ve been running the house and still exporting 1.6kw this plus an EV saves a fortune each month vs diesel and heating oil.

                                                      I’d strongly urge anyone sceptical about electric unless you tow get an EV for a long test drive you’ll be surprised

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