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45 minutes ago, John Lambies Doos said:

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I need a couple of new tyres but I also need to get the tracking done - does anywhere do both in one go (Stirling area if poss)? Otherwise I'm going to have to spend whatever on tyre fitting then almost the same again on alignment.

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I need a couple of new tyres but I also need to get the tracking done - does anywhere do both in one go (Stirling area if poss)? Otherwise I'm going to have to spend whatever on tyre fitting then almost the same again on alignment.

All tyre places will do alignment. My choice in the area is JK Tyres. I have a - maybe irrational - distrust of the KwikFit/NTS type places. Also check internet prices for your preferred brand of tyres. Most places will price match.

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I need a couple of new tyres but I also need to get the tracking done - does anywhere do both in one go (Stirling area if poss)? Otherwise I'm going to have to spend whatever on tyre fitting then almost the same again on alignment.
Jump on blackcircles and check the prices, I've always found them significantly cheaper for tyres than the likes of farmers or qwik fit.

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27 minutes ago, alta-pete said:


All tyre places will do alignment. My choice in the area is JK Tyres. I have a - maybe irrational - distrust of the KwikFit/NTS type places. Also check internet prices for your preferred brand of tyres. Most places will price match.

It's not standard though is it? Any time I've had tyres they balance them but I've always had to do alignment on top of it. If I'm spending £120 on a couple of tyres, another £60 for alignment is a sair one, I was kind of hoping somewhere might throw it into the bargain

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It's not standard though is it? Any time I've had tyres they balance them but I've always had to do alignment on top of it. If I'm spending £120 on a couple of tyres, another £60 for alignment is a sair one, I was kind of hoping somewhere might throw it into the bargain

Good luck. Hi, I’d like a bacon sandwich please. I’ll pay for the bread but can you throw in the bacon for free?

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Just now, alta-pete said:


Good luck. Hi, I’d like a bacon sandwich please. I’ll pay for the bread but can you throw in the bacon for free?

There's these magical things called loss leaders that businesses sometimes use to generate repeat custom. They'll sometimes refer to these as a 'special offer'. I was just wondering if anyone knew of anything like that but thanks for your contribution.

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10 hours ago, MixuFixit said:

There's these magical things called loss leaders that businesses sometimes use to generate repeat custom. They'll sometimes refer to these as a 'special offer'. I was just wondering if anyone knew of anything like that but thanks for your contribution.

I'd be surprised if any company used their £50k tracking machine and didn't charge for it. Just the way of the world.

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My local garage lets me supply my own tyres and they fit them for £15 a wheel. I find tyres on Ebay to be very cheap when they have 20% off and saving about £150 all in compared to supply and fit.

They are also fine for me to let them source replacement parts or bring my own as well. They even suggested it for some bits.

Not looking forward to the day they sell up.

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7 minutes ago, UsedToGoToCentralPark said:

My local garage lets me supply my own tyres and they fit them for £15 a wheel. I find tyres on Ebay to be very cheap when they have 20% off and saving about £150 all in compared to supply and fit.

They are also fine for me to let them source replacement parts or bring my own as well. They even suggested it for some bits.

Not looking forward to the day they sell up.

^^^

Cowdenbeath cheapskate.

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Car shopping tomorrow.

Going to test drive a Vauxhall Crossland X. It's within my budget and looks to have decent kit but it'll come down to the drive. I was put off buying a Corsa last time because I'm not an 18 year old ned and because even with a 1.4 engine it felt really underpowered.

Other options would be a year old Qashqai. I liked the size and the comfort when I had one as a courtesy car. Also looking at a 2019 Honda Jazz 1.5 sport. Had a first gen Jazz and it was a great wee car to own. I like the idea of the updated sport version.

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One for the mechanics here, is there an easy way to change the side light bulb on a grand scenic MK2 if you have big hands? How the genuine f**k am I meant to get my hand in there?
There is a battery and a bloody bar in the way
Also, there is a certain place in hell for whoever designed their bonnet release mechanism.

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Car shopping tomorrow.
Going to test drive a Vauxhall Crossland X. It's within my budget and looks to have decent kit but it'll come down to the drive. I was put off buying a Corsa last time because I'm not an 18 year old ned and because even with a 1.4 engine it felt really underpowered.
Other options would be a year old Qashqai. I liked the size and the comfort when I had one as a courtesy car. Also looking at a 2019 Honda Jazz 1.5 sport. Had a first gen Jazz and it was a great wee car to own. I like the idea of the updated sport version.


I bought the wife a Crossland X at the start of the year. She seems to like it. I drive it occasionally and it’s a decent enough drive. Not particularly powerful when pulling away, but depends what your used to.

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I’ve just ordered a Honda Civic EX. I needed to change from the Audi as the BIK Tax was crazy.
Anyone had any experience with the Civic (and particular EX)?
Low emissions help on the BIK Tax.

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Ford fiesta, 2015, 49,000 miles

 

Engine light came on in March, no obvious change in car behaviour, was due a service in April so fully serviced and ran fine till last month

 

Engine light back on, into garage, was told there's nothing obvious and the engine fault code suggested maybe the car maybe sat around a lot. Car is used 40 per day miles mon - fri. Was suggested I put some engine cleaner in the fuel and that would assist the problem.

 

Got that done, charged me 30 quid for it, now i trust this guy with cars he has serviced me and families cars for years. Engine light came back on 3 weeks later.

 

How worried should i be? Its got a lot of miles for its age, car has felt no different all 3 times light has came on, feel a little confused that the mechanic seemed unsure of the exact problem.

 

 

 

 

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20 minutes ago, weirdcal said:

One for the mechanics here, is there an easy way to change the side light bulb on a grand scenic MK2 if you have big hands? 

No.

18 minutes ago, Mitch said:

I’ve just ordered a Honda Civic EX. I needed to change from the Audi as the BIK Tax was crazy.
Anyone had any experience with the Civic (and particular EX)?
Low emissions help on the BIK Tax.

Depends. The 2.2 diesel engines are solid if you service them regularly.

6 minutes ago, Crroma said:

Ford fiesta, 2015, 49,000 miles

 

Engine light came on in March, no obvious change in car behaviour, was due a service in April so fully serviced and ran fine till last month

Engine light back on, into garage, was told there's nothing obvious and the engine fault code suggested maybe the car maybe sat around a lot. Car is used 40 per day miles mon - fri. Was suggested I put some engine cleaner in the fuel and that would assist the problem.

Got that done, charged me 30 quid for it, now i trust this guy with cars he has serviced me and families cars for years. Engine light came back on 3 weeks later.

How worried should i be? Its got a lot of miles for its age, car has felt no different all 3 times light has came on, feel a little confused that the mechanic seemed unsure of the exact problem.

Hard to tell without the actual fault code, tbh.

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Our fiesta has a light on with the fault code for the front o2 sensor I have a cheap code reader so turned it off. It's not driving any differently so going to leave it. O2 sensors are common on petrol cars so will just have to wait and see. 

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