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General Car Chat / Re: Tracing your car's history...
« on: 27 November 2018, 11:59:38 »
All good info, ta!  :y

Sadly I have zero clue who actually leased her / who the Company car actually belonged to etc. I'll hold my hands up I'm not entirely clued up on how 'a company car' process works. Having never owned a car newer than 15 years  :D ;D :D

Omega General Help / Re: Seat compatability
« on: 26 November 2018, 22:58:01 »
Physically they'll fit no probs. the only issues I can think are if yours is a PFL '97 car, not a MFL '97 car...

Different multiplugs. AFAIK the looms changed for the MFL, and they're the 'same' from then on. (I have stripped PFL and MFL doors and found the loom differences to my cost!) Not sure if they use different shaped multiplugs on the seat looms, though.

Pretensioners. MFL cars have difference seat pretensioners to PFL.

Side airbags - If your 97 car doesn't have airbags (so confirms it as a PFL), then you're fitting seats that DO have side airbags...but they're inert, and I can't see any issues with dormant airbags. If both cars have side airbags, well, again, can't see an issue.

I don't see an issue, but someone else may be along with knowledge I don't have.

General Car Chat / Re: Tracing your car's history...
« on: 26 November 2018, 22:44:42 »
Just to answer a couple of Qs, I'm interested because ...

1. I think it's interesting discovering history
2. I'm actually trying to get a new set of numberplates made up, and if I'm going to get them, they might as well be the 'most right' they can be. So finding the original dealer's name on them would be brilliant.

I worked for Autolease back in the day (Birmingham based, changed to Loyds TSB autolease and now lex autolease )
they leased to many companys nationwide ,purchasing from many dealers and cars got serviced local to where the client was
I suspect there are many such fleet lease companys ,even just in Brum  :-\

That's in interesting spin, thanks. I've noticed my oldest MoT certificate from when the car should have still been a company car was MoT'd in Staffordshire!

Omega General Help / Re: HBV
« on: 26 November 2018, 22:24:10 »
Haven't they been subject to a few failures lately? Seemingly the newer ones are made in China and they're the ones that have been known to fail prematurely?  :-\

General Car Chat / Re: Tracing your car's history...
« on: 26 November 2018, 13:11:26 »
brick wall...  :'(

I've narrowed it down to (theoretically) two garages, I've called the Dealers who bought those sites, Lookers, who have nothing on their system, put through to Vaux's Customer Services, who couldn't find my VIN on the system (!) and so werent able to help.
Had a brainwave - the car was, as part of a Fleet, of course serviced by a Main Dealer until 2002, this would in theory be the same Dealer that sold it in the first place. If they have even one record of my car being serviced there, then bingo, that should be the original retailer. ... So called the physical site of the one remaining old dealer - which are no longer sales, but just a parts dept, the guy was very helpful, tried the Lookers and the GM system. Can prove the car exists (thank God my car hasn't been fictitious for all these years)but nothing regarding anything else. Again, he can only search as far back as when they were bought out, so 2007ish, nothing before.

No dusty old ledgers with lists of cars serviced there, I did ask! Unless I can find the old service manual (neither me nor the previous owner are sure we ever had it) I'm stumped for now...   :-\

General Car Chat / Re: Tracing your car's history...
« on: 25 November 2018, 20:17:22 »
Aye, cheers mate  :y

Yes the ones I have narrowed it down to are Elt Bros Ltd, 109 Amington Road and Ryland Birmingham - now both Lookers.

Checking Google streetview (brilliant thing) if you look up their addresses Elt seem to be still trading - the showroom rather sadly gutted but signs up claiming 'spares dept still open' but the other seems to have been knocked down and replaced with flats.

However, as I say, Lookers have bought both and so if they've chosen to keep the information, there is still a functioning organization that could have access to it. I can well see the ring binder long since slung out of course. But it's technically possible.

General Car Chat / Re: Tracing your car's history...
« on: 25 November 2018, 19:20:22 »
Ahhh fine! Just a thought (perhaps a shade optimistic)

But any information is good information. I wonder if AndyC, or indeed anyone else at a main dealer would be able to punch in a chassis number and find out where it was delivered. (perhaps, again, a tad optimistic)

General Car Chat / Re: Tracing your car's history...
« on: 25 November 2018, 19:11:35 »
Ta  :y  But, as you say, for example - if one dealer (as I've now narrowed it down to two) were issued with letter codes OX, OY and OH, and the other was issued that year with OV, OB and OA for instance, then we'd know that she had to have been registered at the first dealer  :y

All good info  :)

General Car Chat / Re: Tracing your car's history...
« on: 25 November 2018, 18:44:21 »
PS Ta TB  :y

General Car Chat / Re: Tracing your car's history...
« on: 25 November 2018, 18:44:03 »
Thanks for the replies people!  :y

I think that obtaining info via the DVLA is no longer doable unless you have a legitimate excuse, for date protections reasons. The days of writing a letter and discovering Elvis Presley used to own your Cadillac etc are nearly gone. Looking at other classic car forums that seems to be the case, anyway. What a 'legitimate' reason is, I don't know.

That all said, however, I am not really looking for a personal owner (though that would be nice) but just the original retailer. Which surely can't really contravene any data laws - but the DVLA wouldn't hold that info, only registered keepers.  :-\

I have one document - the 12 month annual inspection (circa 1997), which the Dealer has thoughtfully not bothered to stamp in the space provided!

SO... Bit of progress - I have found a 1994 copy of the Dealership Guide - a list of all UK Vx Garages. There are 5 in Brum... only TWO of which are marked as Fleet Garages (she was a Company Car) and one Company bought all the Vx Franchises for Birmingham in 2002.  That company are still going - Lookers Group. SO if they didnt sell her, they bought the garage that did.

NO idea if theyd hold records, but next thought...

How are numberplates assigned their 'area codes'? OH is Birmingham, as are about a dozen others OV, OM, OA etc - do they work like postcodes, or are they distributed 'evenly' in a given area. So a car anywhere in Birmingham may get the code OH, or would it have to be from, eg: the NE corner only.. Anyone have a clue?


General Car Chat / Tracing your car's history...
« on: 24 November 2018, 22:15:41 »
Just wondered if anyone's had any experience on tracing their car's history - specifically the original Dealer which it was sold from? I have no paperwork dating that far back, only some from when she was a rep's car in her first year on the road, but nothing with an address on.

'OH' reg is Birmingham, so unfortunately I have maybe about half a dozen dealers to choose from (many of which I suspect have since closed/merged etc)

Any thoughts? Bit of an odd one, I know  :)

General Car Chat / Re: What have I turned into??
« on: 23 November 2018, 22:35:05 »
If you hang on until spring, mine's due in April, we can do them both together  :D

General Car Chat / Re: Black Friday Car gubbins...
« on: 23 November 2018, 22:32:00 »
A good read  :y

my favourite is the 'taping a banknote to the offending part' Christ!

General Discussion Area / Re: Black Friday Deals
« on: 23 November 2018, 12:38:38 »
I got my B4s at a good deal, and never seen them cheaper since, but aside from them, I'm still looking for anything that's a 'bargain' over what you'd normally see ...

Please lock, admins. Sourced and fitted the other day  :)

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