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    Default She's Back!

    Firstly I'd like to celebrate getting the car back! Good Times.

    Now for the horror stories!

    Went to pick the car up at 0830 yesterday. Bet you can all guess how excited I was after driving that purple Fiesta thing 80 miles a day!

    Well 6 miles away from the garage it all went wrong. Pulling away from a junction I heard a banooooshh! (cross between a bang and a whooshing sound), followed by plumes of thick black smoke out of the exhaust and no power in the car at all. (Limp mode didnt kick in and no indications on the dash).

    AA bloke turns up and starts looking at the turbo and various other bits until he notices the new intercooler and asks why I had a new one. I explained the badger incident to him, so he investigated that area, to find something so gash it was shocking!

    One of the thick pipes that connects to the bottom left of the intercooler had been tywrapped on instead of jubilee clipped, he was shocked and towed me back to the same garage.

    Showed the manager, who got someone to come out a take a look. Guy has a look and searches for a jubilee clip, he cant find one, so robs one from a written off car in the yard.

    Whilst he was fitting the 'new' jubilee clip, i noticed the bumber flapping at the bottom, so i lied down and took a peek. The blooming bumber wasnt attached underneath the car! So I got the guy to sort it out.

    Whist he was doing that, I noticed a lot of movement on the intercooler/radiator cluster. Turns out one of the rubber mounts on the top of the cluster hadnt been fitted! So the guy does this.

    I asked the guy out of curiousity how long he had been a mechanic at the garage, he said (word for word)

    "I'm not a mechanic mate, I'm a panel beater."

    Anyways the car seems fine now and all parts and labout has a 3 year guarantee so we'll see what happens there.

    Now any of you legal guys might be able to help me out with the following problem.

    I recieved a parking ticket today for an incident in beginning of June. I was driving through Grimsby town centre and my lad started to choke on a sweet, so I drove into the car park and sorted him out. Subsequently he was sick all over himself and the back seat, so I thought I'd quickly clean it before it dries! 32 minutes later I left the car park and drove home. At no point did I leave the car unattended.

    The company who have issued the ticket is called Excel Parking (anyone heard of these guys?)

    The have a picture of me entering and exiting the car park claiming I never had a ticket on display. There was no parking attendant to check if i had one!

    Do I have a good case at appealing this one?

    Cheers for listening.

    Russ

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    Pleased you have your car back but I would not be happy with how you found it. Regarding the Parking Ticket why not send a very polite letter setting out the circumstances of your family problems & see what happens hth ..........

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    Bit of a nightmare.

    You probably have to enter your reg no in at the ticket machine. As suggested write to them, however I wouldn't hold your breath.

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    If the parking ticket/fine whatever had been from a council, then after amending your story slightly ("I was attending to my son for 30 minutes" rather than "I was clearing up the mess he made"), then I'd say formally appeal and there's a very good chance you'd win. As it's a private company however, I doubt they'd give a monkey's uncle about the circumstances, they just want the money.

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    Ive researched these private companies and a lot of advice on other forums is not to pay them as their methods are illegal?

    Any clarification on this?

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    well russ......glad the car is now propperly sorted out and back on the road after it's little bit of dealer naughtyness...

    as for the ticket, just write to them and explain the sit, the worst they can do is say no to you, as for it being a private company if they are being snotty then get in touch with C A B and ssee what they have to say about it..

    hth

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    Glad its back mate hope you get other stuff sorted out

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    cheers for the replies. Im still reluctant to 'give her some' but im sure my faith and confidence in the old girl will be back in a week or two.

    thinking about it now, i think i would have cried if she had been written off.

    I love my vectra!

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