A string of bad luck

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  1. SPCleaning

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    Just in case any of you had a bad day, I thought I'd tell you of my last three weeks.

    I went into the fuel station and filled up the van with diesel. (It is a diesel by the way) Drove two hundred yards and shudder, shudder, stop. I tried to start it but it was not having it. I couldn't have broken down in a worst stop. The street was busy and very narrow. It was causing traffic chaos. I called the AA and was told they would be an hour and I called the police to advise of the obstruction my van was causing.

    After about an hour the AA turned up, grinned and sniffed my fuel tank. Then he looked disappointed. I know am stupid but not so much so that I'd put in the wrong fuel. However after a tow to my local mechanic and a description of the break down it is declared that the Diesel pump has failed.

    Oh well says I throw another one one.

    After the laughter died down it was explained that a new pump was about £800 plus fitting so a bill of about £1200. More than my van was worth.

    The next week was spent searching for a van. There is a lot of rubbish vans out there. I viewed loads and walked away.

    The following week I drove past a small village garage where they were selling vans. I was on my way to view yet another beaten up transit, so decide to have a look before I continued. Nope everything was too small. Except a Vauxhall Vivaro on 08 plate very nice looking no dents and shiny.

    I ignored it, got to be too expensive. But they walked me around it and told me they would do it for £3000. I drove it and really liked it. So agreed to have it.

    When I returned two days later to pay they told me there was no warranty. I should have put my money back in my pocket, but I needed a van and this one looked good.

    It has broken down four times. It is leaking oil suddenly, the hand-brake failed and the back doors wont open.

    As there is no warranty my local mechanic is my only option. So it has had a new crankshaft sensor. The hand-brake needed new cables. A crack in the engine casing has been treated to chemical metal. It is booked in to have part of the casing removed and reset with 'proper' sealing paste.

    In between I have refitted all the window cleaning kit, and I don't feel very lucky at the moment.

    However, I have been drinking plenty of red wine.
     
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  2. jamiesmack

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    Holy **** man, thats rough. Hopefully thats the end of it and your vehicle can start earning instead of costing!
     
  3. daveyboy

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    I would be sending Dominic Littlewood round to see the garage
     
  4. Cghwindowcleaning

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    I'am not 100% certain but I am sure by law or trading standards that garages have to give 3 months warranty.I could be wrong but I purchased a car last year and it came with a years warranty but it was something the garage owner said.

    It could be a little late as well but if you still have the first van get a second opinion.
    I had an old Vauxhall combo years ago that would cut out on me when driving.
    I took it to a garage that said it was the fuel pump and at £900 plus I would be better to scrap it.
    I enquired about a new fuel pump at my local Vauxhall main dealer where the bloke said "don't bring it here we are £90 an hour try these" and passed me a number.
    I phoned up and took the van to the garage the Vauxhall guy recommend who fixed the fault for £25 quid and I never had a problem again had I listened to the first guy I could have wasted over a grand on it.
     
  5. Eviestevie

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    Agree with the above
    When I was doing a lot off buying and selling we had a legal right to provide 3 months warranty with every used vehicle even if sold on eBay
    That is unless they stated spares or repair
    Keep a documented record and all receipts
    Take this to the garage and tell them unless they will offer something then trading standards will be the next step and small claims action and solicitors as well as contacting the local paper
    They shouldn't won't he hassle
    How much mot came with the van?
     
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  6. steve garwood

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    Welcome back SPCleaning. Long time see.
    Blimey, hope your luck picks up. Can only just echo the above comments. I would also be telling them in getting in contact with the local papers etc unless something is done.
     
  7. SPCleaning

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    It does have full years MOT.
     
  8. Eviestevie

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    Ok so is there anything else wrong that shouldn't have passed mot?
    Lot little garages use the same mot centre and send lot work there way but they let things slide
    If so you will have some good bantering tools
     
  9. SPCleaning

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    #9 SPCleaning, Sep 24, 2016
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    Yes I know I've not been around much lately, but I have a busy life. My wife and I are Foster Carers which means that I attend a lot of meetings with Social Workers and other partner agencies. We are building a single storey extension to provide two downstair bedrooms. We were quoted £35000, so we are slowly doing it ourselves. This will mean we can take more children. The building work is taking all our spare cash so thats why I had such a small budget for replacing the van.
    I'm Chairman of the Parish Council and have my door knocked by parishioners with various problems that need sorting as well as the council meetings and I have to fit cleaning windows in too!
    So this was why I stepped down as a Moderator, and now I just pop in and out to catch up with you guys.
     
  10. SPCleaning

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    I know that they should provide a warranty, and I know I should have walked away, but I messed up. I know if I contact trading standards there would be a whole heap of trouble for them. If I get my Mechanic to sort things he will do it right or as right as he can. They will probably just bodge it and send me away. Once these issues are sorted it will be a nice van. (He crosses his fingers)

    Its all kitted out now and ready to work, it will be sign-written in October so I'm trying to be positive.
     
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