General Discussion: The Motoring Thread Incorporating All Motor Vehicles (Including Motor Cycles.)


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toocan
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879 posts since 7/11/07

15 Jul 2021 13:25
Cat n is non structural damage… it might have been stolen and damaged (almost always goes hand in hand)… if it was stolen it would be cat x insurance claim…

Cat n will be a higher insurance premium, if the car is mega cheap it wouldn’t put me off but I’d pay a mechanic 200 quid or so to properly go over it to make sure it’s been repaired properly

Having said that the seller hasn’t been 100% truthful so personally I wouldn’t proceed
Kadafi39
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2011 posts since 30/10/09

posted 15 Jul 2021 13:40, edited 15 Jul 2021 13:40
themistake wrote: A fashion forum is probably not the best place to seek this sort of advice, but I know a few of you are well into your cars.

I'm looking to buy a second hand car.
I've found one I like, but the owner is saying its stolen/recovered and that's has been classified as cat N.
He claims he bought from a police auction as non runner and 'all it needed was a new battery and a few bits like spark plugs, 1 ignition coil, rear spring and new filters (air, oil and air on) as it had been sat for a while'…

All sounds fairly innocent, but just not sure if this is one to avoid?
I've asked for the paperwork from the police auction and initial garage inspection.

The battery, spark plugs, filters etc are maintenance items, a car would never be written off for that.
As toocan says above cat N means non structural, but there must have been some more damage (bumpers, lights etc but not chassis related) or bits nicked, trim, seats, idrive or other media controllers and screen etc for it to be written off in the first place.
themistake
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10839 posts since 20/2/06

15 Jul 2021 15:28
Cheers guys. It's a bit mad that you can't check the insurance report for why something has been classified.
I assume the insurer is the one filing the classification, so why not give a bit of background info.
Mookie_blaylock
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1668 posts since 19/7/06

2 Aug 2021 20:23
Is ceramic coating essential on a (almost) new car, 11 months old to be precise?

Any recommendations a reputable company in North London OR within M25?
jogon321
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710 posts since 13/4/12

3 Aug 2021 20:09
Mookie_blaylock wrote: Is ceramic coating essential on a (almost) new car, 11 months old to be precise?

Any recommendations a reputable company in North London OR within M25?

Why would it be essential? Technically it should keep your car a bit cleaner plus it helps if you don't want to apply a wax every 3 - 6 months or apply any finishing products after you wash your car.
schtoop
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13036 posts since 9/4/07

16 Aug 2021 18:28
Has anyone experienced bluetooth/Spotify stuttering in their car? Mines started doing it recently out of nowhere and it's the most annoying thing, I've tried "forget this device" and reconnecting to no avail… no MacBook or any other conflicting device in the car either Sad
jogon321
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710 posts since 13/4/12

16 Aug 2021 18:46
Are you logged in on more than 1 device? Mine does this if I'm logged in on Apple carplay and BMW idrive so just using it through carplay and logging out of idrive seems to solve the issue.
schtoop
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13036 posts since 9/4/07

16 Aug 2021 19:30
Spotify? nah just my mac at home which won't even be on, I also disconnected from airpods etc too
Rirawin
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9546 posts since 17/7/05

posted 13 Sep 2021 10:18, edited 13 Sep 2021 10:18
Any electric car owners here? Or is Ismvil the only one? Looking to get a home charging point and I'm after recommendations. Been advised not to get a Tesla one, even if you own a Tesla. Also as I understand it all home chargers now need to have the ability to connect to WiFi? What if your WiFi doesn't reach the garage?
ismvil
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1881 posts since 16/9/11

posted 13 Sep 2021 10:20, edited 13 Sep 2021 10:20
PM me Rira, I literally have an energy broker business as of December so I can get you a good price on a range of chargers and commercial energy if anyone fancies saving money, agree on the Tesla charger thing broadly speaking.
inversesquare
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6744 posts since 7/6/08

13 Sep 2021 12:51
Why don't get a Tesla one out of interest?
ismvil
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1881 posts since 16/9/11

13 Sep 2021 12:56
Because unless you’re only going to be driving Teslas it’s not worth the extra money, the best ones are now smart whereas all the ‘smarts’ on the Tesla one are in the car itself (scheduled charging and so on). Plus you can’t get the government grant with the Tesla the way you can with all the other ones.
Mr.X.
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3121 posts since 23/6/13

13 Sep 2021 13:46
I haven't seen one electric car that looks amazing except the Porsche Mission E which was a cool concept car rebranded as an ordinary looking Porsche called a Taycan.
swiftus
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1516 posts since 1/7/09

13 Sep 2021 15:02
Got a Nissan Leaf as a daily commuter. Definitely doesn't look amazing. But can't imagine going back to petrol, just for the amount of time saved not having to fill it up. Gamechanger.

Plus off the line speed is great. Never gets old at the lights.
Mr.X.
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3121 posts since 23/6/13

posted 13 Sep 2021 15:06, edited 13 Sep 2021 15:06
Do you have your own charger at home or charge at work? What to people who live in a town house or terraced housing do?

I think I will wait until 2025 and they do 500 miles, there's something I like the look of and when they lower the cost to buy.

RRP of a leaf is 30k. Laughing out loud
swiftus
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1516 posts since 1/7/09

13 Sep 2021 15:40
Mr.X. wrote: Do you have your own charger at home or charge at work? What to people who live in a town house or terraced housing do?

I think I will wait until 2025 and they do 500 miles, there's something I like the look of and when they lower the cost to buy.

RRP of a leaf is 30k. Laughing out loud

Charge at work. Got an alternative car for long distance drives, but mate who has a Leaf does trips from London to Leicester on a regular with his (stopover at Watford Gap).

RRP is a complete rip off. The interior of the Leaf is pretty bad, not worth that much at all. Got ours on lease, good deal at the time.
Rirawin
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9546 posts since 17/7/05

posted 13 Sep 2021 15:43, edited 13 Sep 2021 15:43
There are a lot of barriers to entry for home chargers (https://youtu.be/mzAi1hMUaDw), which doesn't help with easing range anxiety. Having said that, the charging network does seem to be getting better and better in some cities, and there are people who own electric cars who just solely rely on the public charging network.

If you're a business owner, the tax incentives make it incredibly attractive to own an EV. Mate who owns his own business was touting that his Tesla 3 only "cost" him £27k.
stoney
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17766 posts since 22/1/05

13 Sep 2021 15:44
Rirawin wrote: Any electric car owners here? Or is Ismvil the only one? Looking to get a home charging point and I'm after recommendations. Been advised not to get a Tesla one, even if you own a Tesla. Also as I understand it all home chargers now need to have the ability to connect to WiFi? What if your WiFi doesn't reach the garage?

I’ve got an EV, got a home charger too, cheapest way to go. I wouldn’t run an electric car without a charger as when we were having the drive done the public charging network still isn’t up to scratch even in London.
ismvil
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1881 posts since 16/9/11

13 Sep 2021 15:44
I’m looking at the EQS next with the big range, won’t be going back to Tesla now after owning a 3 and a Model X - although if you’re doing regular national driving it’s still the supercharger network that changes the game
Rirawin
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9546 posts since 17/7/05

13 Sep 2021 15:48
Elon is opening Tesla's supercharger network soon ain't he? that should be a game changer for those looking at non-Tesla EVs.