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You do not have to have your car serviced at the main dealer to maintain warranty, that hasn't been a requirement for years under EU regs.

 

I have found Mercedes are one of the worst for servicing costs and I've picked them up a number of times for  mistakes too. I wouldn't buy another. Our current Jaguar had a 3 year servicing deal for, I think about £450, bargain.

 

The problem with not having a main dealer FSH with prestige vehicles reflects on re-sale values when you want to change it.

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Just got back from QMC again........the last eight days have been a bit Traumatic to say the least,,...blood tests,,X-rays,,and today a visit to a Consultant........cut a long story short......problem

Result........CT Scans all clear......just got letter..been sweating for a fortnight......

Two years ago today..........my life changed forever,,,about this time i was on my way down to the operating theatre for what turned out to be a ten hour operation...........its been life changing in

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My car is overdue a 'B' service, on time, not mileage. Quote from Inchcape Nottingham  - almost a thousand pounds. Basically all it involves is oil, filters, a visual inspection and a 20 second poor quality video clip, oh and they wash it for me..

When I had a Mercedes I never took it to the main dealer for servicing, I used MB-Nottingham on Lenton Lane a couple of times and then took it to a little local garage in New Basford.  This chap had all the stuff to deal with the in-car computer etc. and was a lot cheaper.  My Audi goes there now when necessary.  

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When my Mercs ran out of warranty I've used both those Lizzie. The guy with the ponytail at the Basford garage sorted my Mercedes Brabus out in minutes where Lenton lane failed.

 

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My phone rang just as we were about to have dinner earlier this evening. I saw it was a FaceTime call from our son, typical ...... always calls when we’re eating.  When I answered it I discovered it was our 7 year old granddaughter who has gone to stay with her other granny in Czech Republic for a school term, until Christmas.  She’s got her daddy’s iPad over there with her which is why I thought it was No. 1 son calling.  We had a great little chat, she was trying to teach us a bit of Czech and showed us how to write words etc.  The schools have closed there now, due to Covid, which is a shame as school was the reason for her to go.  My son is missing his little girl so much but he knows it’s doing her good, she certainly seems very confident  and happy, for now anyway.  Full marks to Czech granny though, I don’t think I could cope with a little one 24/7 for 3 months, it’s been a long time since I had to do that.  When the FaceTime call finished she sent me a text to say she loved us and speak again tomorrow. Bless her. 

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3 hours ago, philmayfield said:

I think you'll find that the independents have access to the service records on line as well. European ruling!

 

Are you sure? I don't know. If true there is a certain young man on reception that's going to get an earful...!

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Evening all!

 

I've been a bit busy and a bit 'below par'.. for a week or so.. but back on track now... I think.

 

Getting the garden 'battened down' for the winter.

Getting my car through the MOT.  No problems.

Getting Mrs Col's through is a bit more of a problem and I do keep suggesting that she'd be better off turning it upside down and using it as a skip.. but she's not biting. And to be fair .if she can get another 12 months out of it for a couple of hundred quid.. it's still far cheaper that a new one... And she's not proud..

 

Still plodding on with the decorating.. though as further lockdowns continue.. there really is no rush.

 

Still eating the last of the Runner Beans and we have loads frozen. Also still scoffing the Tomatoes. 'Crimson Crush'.. a fine outdoor variety and definitely the best I've ever grown. Fabulous for flavour  and quite 'meaty'.

 

Boris v Greater Manchester.. See the politics thread.

 

 

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Hi Ian  its amazing what you get rid of just because you want to get a bettr model. We had one of the 1960s mini which we traded in for a mini traveler,  thats the mini before BMW took over. 

Wish we still had our mini. 

Do they call it progress?

 

ps Petrol 4/6 gallon

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13 hours ago, philmayfield said:

I think you'll find that the independents have access to the service records on line as well. European ruling!

 

No doubt that will continue under Boris' 'Oven Ready Deal or No Deal'.  Not.

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Mrs Col's car failed MOT on.. among several other things.. 'foggy' headlamp lenses.  So after a bit of research, I shelled out £20 for a Holt's Headlamp Restoration Kit.  It turned out to be very good value and I spent a happy afternoon on Friday sanding and polishing the lenses of Mrs Col's headlights back to a near new finish.

 

Today (Sat) I was keen to visit a small local nature reserve on the site of some former railway sidings and a long closed colliery. The weather forecast said:

' Mostly overcast with light showers'. I don't mind that so set out.. obviously forgetting that in the North West.. 'light showers' means 'Deluge of Biblical Proportions'.

Still.. there were lots of interesting fungi to be seen,.. some of them swimming... and it got me outdoors for a couple of hours.

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I've brought quite a few headlamp lenses and motorbikes screens back to near new condition with 50/50 Tcut  and water.

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I will keep you boys in mind if ever my car needs any headlamps.

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WD40 & toothpaste does the job, bailed out of the rip off thieving M.O.T. inspector your seat belts twisted malarkey years ago, treat yourself, life's to short to run around in a banger, you’ll be dead soon.

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Just a thought Have you all remembered to put your clocks back 1 hour?

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Suffering again with 'toe' ingrowing nail''......so not been out,,,trying to get it seen to is bleddy hard work....anyway when i do i intended to buy some shoes from Matalan..seen a pair a bit back i really liked think about £70,,,so thought i'd lash out not bought any for a few year now...

                       However been put off by what i read on face-book...Matalan dont take cash anymore PLUS  no checkout staff,,you do it all yer-sen.....anybody know if this is true?....

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well our oven croaked today ,so Lovelace put the joint in her new pressure cooker ,it came out superb,I don,t know whether to  fix the oven now, oh and for cooking types she put some stuff in with it including oranges!

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Untl about 18 months ago,,,i was still going....so after moving started doing em myself again,,,but started paining,,so went to new lady up here,,about 3 weeks ago,,cost £30....and had nowt but pain since,,,,so now trying to see doc to see what NHS can do for me....

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Sorry to hear that Benjamin ,I just had six weeks off with flu or covid getting over it all now though ,lets hope 2021 is an improvment

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Last time I had an ingrowing toe nail I did the operation myself. It was a bit bloody but it was successful. I don't think now I would be flexible enough to bend my leg that far. There's a good chiropodist in Southwell, who does both private and NHS work. Hyde Barker.

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I worked with a Sandra Hyde Barker when I was nursing at Harlow Wood.  Maybe it’s one of her children?

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I've only ever been to one once. Nice young lady who trimmed my nails, filed the hard skin round my heels finished with a nice oiled foot rub and sent me merrily on my way with ***! verrucae!  By the time I realised I had it it was well established and a bugger to get rid of.

Needless to say I've not returned.

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This morning, before I’d even opened my eyes, my husband went for his usual 10k step walk.  A gale force wind and heavy rain beating on the bedroom window woke me up.  He arrived home, wet through, put some bacon in the pan and came upstairs to get dried off.  When he got back downstairs the kitchen was full of smoke and a pan of cremated bacon on the hob.  All day we’ve had windows open and a fan on.  I’ve wiped everything in the kitchen down, sprayed air freshener and still it stinks.  

Meanwhile, the other day I suggested we get a new shower door for the guest bedroom en-suite as it was rattling a lot.  I got my way, he removed the old door and we took it to the local tip then went to B&Q and bought a new one.  Well, those Chinese are something else!    We got a 35 page  book with no written instructions, only ridiculously tiny diagrams.   Two days on and we’ve managed to put the frame up and had lots of disagreements!  Still need to work out how to insert the static panel and the sliding door.  At least we have a good reason to stay out of Nottingham.

 

Our little granddaughter has Facetimed us from Czech Republic this evening, just as we were Zooming family in Victoria BC.  The World is so small these days.   Granddaughter is there to learn the language so she can communicate with her mother’s family, and to go to school for a term.  Now their schools are closed due to Covid.  Goodness knows when and how she’ll get back home.  
 

I have no idea what time it is, this daft clock changing has to stop. 

 

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