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  • Yes, I agree..but there will be changes come January next year, about how things like VAT, etc, will be collected. At present the collection of VAT [and customs duty] is pretty seamless. Done once the goods land in the UK.

    That , it appears, may/will change in January.

    There...
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  • alastairq
    replied to MOT Exempt
    Much will depend on what additional cover the insurance policy provides?

    Insurance cover [certainly in regard to 3rd parties] primarily refers to the 'public highway'. [Which also will include, ''roads to which the public have access''..like, Tesco's car park, for example? Private land,...
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  • Next January, and potential changes to import costs?

    Next January it looks likely that the costs of importing goods, etc from outside the UK may well alter.
    I wonder if anybody has a proper idea of how this will affect prices of spares, purchased from the likes of RockAuto, for example?
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  • alastairq
    replied to MOT Exempt
    Not so, [At least, not on my HAgerty Policy]....the small print requires the insured vehicle to be roadworthy..at all times. Not having a valid MoT certificate..or failing an MoT itself is irrelevant.
    But, if in the event of a claim against the policyholder, the insurer will look to see if the...
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  • alastairq
    replied to MOT Exempt
    All seems to me more a case of fitting modern-day drivers into yesteryear's cars?
    Aside from the odd French thing, I can't offhand think of any car I had in the 60's and early 70's [some of which were '50's bangers]..that couldn't achieve 70 mph with a degree of ease? Maybe, as a younger driver...
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  • alastairq
    replied to MOT Exempt
    Pollution is something that is used and abused I think.

    I have had carbureted cars that have fallen well inside the 2001 limits at the MoT...
    But what about the 'pollution' of manufacture? Or, with destruction? [Work out the cost to the planet of scrapping and dealing with, an...
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  • alastairq
    replied to MOT Exempt
    Are there really that many?? I don't think so....



    I suppose everything depends on locality? The DVSA are very active, but like everything these days, they have to target their activities quite specifically.

    In my County, the Checks are quite regular. I know...
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  • alastairq
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    Not strictly right.......the DVSA [and Constabulary] are busy conducting roadside checks for roadworthiness, load security, etc. In the end we all have a responsibility for the roadworthiness of our vehicles. It has always been thus.

    Yes, My old banger Mustang would pass an MoT tomorrow,...
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  • alastairq
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    Just make sure it doesn't smoke.....after all, the car is old enough not to. On brake balance? Decades ago when I drove for a very rural bus & waggin firm, the yard was mainly gravel and hardcore...with pronounced slope towards the gatehole. The resident fitter [a Russian ex-POW who...''stayed...
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  • alastairq
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    Something that may be of concern regarding the mot test issue, is that I know many vehicle owners use the test as a means of only doing what is strictly necessary to meet the test criteria.
    They don't actually look any further or deeper than is absolutely necessary.
    With older vehicles,...
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  • alastairq
    replied to MOT Exempt
    The danger of the MoT is , folk come to rely on it as a measure of roadworthiness.....in the legal sense.
    A near neighbour drives a summat-or-other...cannot tell what without studying the badge at close quarters...could be a BMW? Could be a Dacia?...Anyway...his O/S brake light, and one front...
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  • alastairq
    replied to 68 302 oil??
    Tried it recently, as it was more closely matched to Ford's original recommendation [ a commonplace multigrade available at the time in the USa..much like the uk's 20/50 was?].....but I found some of my hydraulic followers started to not fill...so, as a 'test', I went back to my older stuff, and the...
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  • alastairq
    replied to 68 302 oil??
    https://www.classic-oils.net/Classic...cle-Car-10W-30

    or

    https://www.classic-oils.net/Classic...Heritage-20W50

    I've found the above to be plenty good enough. Note the higher zinc content?
    One brand mine didn't like too much was Penrite...no idea...
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  • alastairq
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    Of course, no one fits a 'new' [2nd hand] speedo any more, do they? Do they??

    In the end, limited mileage is going to be a 'trust' thing. Plus, adding a few thousand to one's limited mileage actually costs almost coppers. [In my case].
    I use Hagerty. I find them helpful.
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  • alastairq
    replied to MOT Exempt
    The problem may be...if the car already has a current MoT test, then the tax can be acquired without the need to make a declaration for exemption. Exemption does not happen whilst there is a current MoT in place.

    When the MoT is ''due''..that is when the exemption is claimed [exemption...
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    Last edited by alastairq; 04-10-2020, 11:29 AM.

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  • alastairq
    replied to Heater Core Bypass
    Serves me right for succumbing to an ''offer''...from Frosts....My Mustang lives outdoors, more or less under a carport....those bags did indeed 'remove' moisture from inside, especially over the wintertime.....I also got one for a good chum of mine...I do hope his haven't split? Otherwise it's going...
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