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 on: Today at 11:03:50 
Started by STEMO - Last post by Migv6
These scare stories are as old as time itself, good excuse to tax us all more. They've been telling us we're going to fry in global warming, it hasn't happened, run out of water, it hasn't happened, nuclear war, bird flu none of it has come to fruition like they keep saying it will.

You forgot to mention the new ice age, which was due to start just as they "discovered" global warming.  ;) ;D

 on: Today at 11:00:40 
Started by aaronjb - Last post by Migv6
The usual bollix that we hear over and over again.
Gordon Brown more than doubled the NHS budget while he was Chancellor, and the end result was what we have now, which is much worse than it was 25 years ago.
Anyone who really thinks the biggest of its problems are financial constraints, shouldn't be allowed to make public declarations, or indeed dress themselves in the morning.

 on: Today at 10:58:41 
Started by TheBoy - Last post by tunnie

As I understand current most common setup, is that a job advertises role with "5k car allowance" on top of a salary. So ~416/m, no doubt in 40% bracket, so take ~166 off that. Leaving you 250/m for a car....

That is correct, then you use that 250pcm to lease a car from JLR "entirely of your own accord" and nothing to do with a company car, its basically a special lease deal that's only open to (some) employees. Normally doing this would incur a BIK as the lease would be subsidised, but JLR (by arguing the cars can still be sold at a profit) has circumvented this BIK charge.
How does that differ from car allowance?  :-\ Is the lease scheme company sponsored, meaning you have to go via them? (bit like old days)

As I understand current most common setup, is that a job advertises role with "5k car allowance" on top of a salary. So ~416/m, no doubt in 40% bracket, so take ~166 off that. Leaving you 250/m for a car....

The BIK rates then hit you in tax, meaning if you take car you get hit in national insurance/PAYE tax hit. I was looking at Auto Express BIK calculator other day, suggested things like a Tesla could be had for 300/m  :-\

BIK only applies if its a perk of the job

This works by giving you the extra cash which, as you say, you pay NI and tax on.

You then have an option to join the lease car scheme which is heavily discounted (they base the monthly cost on the depreciation based on the price of the car after your company discount and the second hand value plus running costs), you pay for this post tax and NI the same way you would for any lease scheme from a third party.

Interesting, thanks  :y

Is a deposit an issue, or is the monthly cost worked out with zero deposit? Guess not if it's lease car via the company discount.

 on: Today at 10:53:09 
Started by tigers_gonads - Last post by Fuse 19
Or get hold of the guys in Heathrow:

(you need to call them and quote OOF).

 on: Today at 10:40:39 
Started by Tilbo - Last post by Auto Addict

 on: Today at 10:38:56 
Started by Auto Addict - Last post by Auto Addict
Merc often need a special tool (or big slip joint pliers....)

Arrived this morning, fits perfectly, wish I'd had it a week ago :y

Thanks Mark :y

 on: Today at 10:38:29 
Started by tigers_gonads - Last post by deviator
Surely you can find a scrapyard with one?

IIRC the Vectra B uses the same carrier and possibly the <02 Saab 9-3. Just be careful as both of these had a bigger brake option, although rare. 

 on: Today at 10:37:42 
Started by STEMO - Last post by jimmy944
My thought was 2-3 IBC tanks (food grade) in the garage (if double or outside if not) kept in the dark and insulated with celotex. This should keep the water at circa 10-12 degrees to avoid legionella. install a ballcock low down to topup in case of low rainfall (chance would be a fine thing!!). Pump to a header tank to run the toilets in the house, outside taps, washing machine etc. Basically any non-potable water.

Filter via several mesh grids and settlement, then add a UV purifier if we wanted to cover potable water. As I say, I think payback would be around 3yrs, but as we haven't been on a water meter for about 5yrs this is based on "typical usage" for 2 people. Once we move and are back on a water meter, I'll make a more informed decision.

 on: Today at 10:32:04 
Started by KENTISH MAN - Last post by Kevin Wood
If it's not even turning over then it'll be something more basic than the immobiliser and I don't think diagnostics will tell you anything, unfortunately.

The signal that engages the starter passes through the ignition switch, then the automatic gearbox selector switch and into the starter solenoid so it'll be one of these that's causing the problem.

If you can get underneath attach a longish wire to the solenoid terminal on the starter motor using a croc clip or similar (the smaller of the terminals - should have a black and red wire connected to it) you can check if this gets 12V when you turn the key to position 3. If it doesn't you have a problem with the ignition switch or gearbox selector. If you see 12V here, the starter or solenoid is the issue.

If you triple check that the gearbox is in N or P you can carefully tap this wire to the battery positive terminal and see if the engine turns over to verify that the starter is OK but beware that the solenoid will draw a few tens of amps so it needs to be a reasonably stout piece of wire.

 on: Today at 10:30:57 
Started by tigers_gonads - Last post by Nick W
Any motor factor in the country could get what you need, without you having to do anything except pay. The bigger ones will probably manage it the same day.

I know that's not as much fun as spending hours on the internet arranging for a parcel discretely wrapped in brown paper to be deposited behind your bins under the cover of darkness by a masked stranger, but it does get the job done.

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