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  1. OK, It sounds as if you have tried where many members would have suggested, so just as well we asked. Website suitabilities can be rather generic, so you need to persist in finding the right one from a reliable supplier. Have you tried Car Parts in Motion? Whatever their listing says, make sure you confirm with an e Mail enquiry quoting reg. and VIN. Kind regards, Gareth,
  2. Thanks Jamie, If they were separately fused then you would still be in (more?) trouble since the fuse will have blown for some unknown reason , which must be established. Kind regards, Gareth.
  3. Hello Jamie, We take it the passenger side one does de-mist -? If so, it unlikely to be a fuse issue ( I think it’s unlikely that the n/s and o/s are separately fused). Possibilities:- the element has failed in the driver’s side one. The electrical feed to the mirror has ‘failed’, and you would need to test for 12v at the mirror connection. If you are not confident/competent with carrying out this test, then you will need to invest in 1/2 an hour with an auto electrician. The cable feeding the mirror has fractured-? The usual place for this to occur is where the harness goes from the A post into the front end of the drivers door - within the rubber covering - due to continued opening and closing of the door, although I would have thought your car was not old enough to have yet suffered from this issue. Kind regards, Gareth.
  4. Hello Aaron, Thanks for joining and posting your plea. To avoid duplicate suggestions- where have you searched so far? Kind regards, Gareth.
  5. Hello Chris, Thanks for joining and posting your plea. To save us suggesting what you may already have tried - where have you tried so far? Kind regards, Gareth.
  6. Hello John, Thanks for joining and posting your plea. Simple things first:- tyre (mix?) and condition? Might be worth swopping backs to fronts and seeing if the noise alters. Kind regards, Gareth.
  7. As I say ‘ your call Robin’, but you leave yourself wide open to be challenged if your buyer faults the car in any way after purchase. My take on having sold a few cars over 5+ decades, is that the car has to sell itself - since I don’t want to influence any potential buyer by stating my opinion of its condition. Kind regards, Gareth.
  8. Hello Robin, Thanks for joining and posting your advert. This is just a personal opinion, but you advertise your 15 year old car is being in ‘outstanding (etc) condition’ , which may be considered a great way to entice potential buyers, but that description must then stand as being totally accurate in all respects, and subject to comeback if proved to be lacking in any reasonable respect. Although it’s not a trade sale, it must be ‘as advertised’ even with a private sale, and if it is proved not to be, then there can be comebacks. Obviously your call Robin. Kind regards, Gareth.
  9. Hello Sharon, Thanks for joining and posting your plea. For advertising coverage, you won’t beat EBay and Autotrader websites. Of course, you are very welcome to post on here - just provide the fullest of descriptions, some photos, and the price you want for it. Kind regards, Gareth.
  10. Many thanks Paul, I still think you are being unnecessarily premature in getting the gearbox and differential fluids renewed on a 6 year old, sub 40K vehicle, and I stand by the principal of the earlier post where I would have thought 75K ( or say 8 years) would have been more acceptable. However, I would welcome additional views from other forum members. Having said that Paul, it’s your money, and you must do with it what you may. Costings? For gearbox change, I thought around £400 was about the ball park, but things have increased in price - but to £600? Again, others may have more up to date experience to go with. If this were mine, I would be more inclined to follow the wishbone replacement requirement/not yet required as my priority. Kind regards, Gareth.
  11. Hello Vinny, Sorry your are not getting the replies you require. Back to your battery - when you say you have checked the battery voltage - with what equipment, and what was the voltage reading? Kind regards, Gareth.
  12. Hello Paul, To get straight to the point- what exactly is now going to cost you £900 - the gearbox service, plus a normal service, and renewing the wishbones?? Or just the gearbox service?. Has some independent experienced person inspected the wishbones yet, and declared them to require attention in the immediate future? Apologies, but I’m a bit lost with this thread. Kind regards, Gareth.
  13. Hello Emma, Sorry to hear of your issues. If this were mine, I would be seeking an alternative quote, since c£3k sounds rather expensive to me. Kind regards, Gareth.
  14. Hello Liam, Have you considered searching for a secondhand one as a temporary measure pending receipt of the new part? Search Partsfinder or similar on- line car breaker link sites. Kind regards, Gareth.
  15. Hello Karen Many thanks for joining, and for posting your plea. The days of ‘Whats the price for cash?’ have long gone - if they ever existed for long. A sizeable chunk of the salesman’s commission is reaped from commissions from arranging finance, and from selling you add-ons. As I understand it, you can arrange the finance deal and settle in full the following day without penalty to you - the salesman’s commission? - not sure. Your £250 plus a couple of services? - again I don’t know, so you will need to enquire at the source. Are you really struck on getting £250 from them, and again , do you really want to be locking into a ‘free’ service? I ask, since it’s not unusual to find some wear item that apparently needs renewing, and your ‘free’ service ends up costing you! Having said all that, there are advantages to you in taking out finance ( at a low interest rate?) and hanging on to your funds, if only, if something goes pear shaped with the car, then you have a finance company involved who may back up your case, due to their interest in the vehicle. Just noticed, the car will be under manufacturer’s warranty, so this might influence your decision. Kind regards, Gareth.
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