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  1. That is sobering to hear. On the radio 4 news this morning the means of transmission continues to be a topic of discussion. There seem to be many more scientists/medics now leaning towards the idea that 'aerosol' transmission could play a bigger part than previously thought. It sounds as though this results in airborn sources of infection remaining in the air much longer than previously thought there by making it easier to catch and where for instance hand washing wouldn't prevent this means of transmission. I suppose we shouldn't be surprised to see changes in advice as a result of the scientists/medics gaining more experience of dealing with the virus and learning more about the methods of transmission.
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    Basic toolkit

    I always carried a mains socket tester in the tool kit, many different models available at different price points. https://www.screwfix.com/p/lap-ms6860d-socket-tester/91596 Would always plug in on hooking up the electrics and a handy tool to help diagnose any problems with mains sockets.
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    Oil change

    I have done exactly that with each of my cars, that is why I am happy to vacuum. Engines are always hot, cars lifted to provide best possible angle for the sump plug to release the debris. In my experience it doesn't make a difference, there is no excess of crud that is released from the sump drain. And if you look carefully sump drains are not always positioned to release every last drop of oil anyway.
  4. Most 'fuel quality' problems reported at forecourts in recent years have been attributable to 'misfuelling' of the forecourt tanks not contamination as such, this is very easy to detect and prove, and relates to some of the 'supermarket' fuel issues that people refer to. The turnover, or throughput, rate of most service stations does not allow time for contaminantes to collect in tanks. I am not sure what current forecourt legislation requires but periodic testing of the tank bottom for water is a part of quality control. There should be records to prove this. Over the last 30 years I've viewed many thousands of fuel tank samples and certainly the picture of the sample in the glass does not look good. However a question I would ask is how long the sample had been in the glass when the picture was taken, this is highly relevant to determining the nature of the contaminant. A full and proper chemical examination of the sample is going to be require but will cost many hundreds of pounds. Without a reference sample being taken from the same pump in short order after the fuelling it is going to be very difficult to link the sample in the car to the fuel in the forecourt tank. In my (part of the fuel) industry we offer cast iron fully documented fuel quality certificates right up to the point of delivery. Hower once the fuel leaves our nozzles it is impossible to account for quality. Fuel quality issues after the point of delivery are down to the customer. As a point of interest fuel tanks that are maintained at less than full levels are prone to condensation, the larger the interior surface of the tank that is not covered by fuel the more chance there is of condensation and remember that ethanol in our modern fuels absorbs water.
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    Oil change

    Definitely the way to go, there are those who will baulk at the last drips that vacuum doesn't remove but realistically I think the change of the 95%+ is far more important than worrying about the residue. Vacuum is the way many dealers do it these days. If some folks want to make work for themselves then so be it, in the real world I think vacuum is fine. With this in mind we really need to see the manufacturers making filter available from the top. Oil change on my Benz is a piece of cake, filter changeable from on top and oil removed by vacuum via dip tube, could not be simpler. Making it easier makes it far more likely it will be done.
  6. The ultimate resolution to the loss of fuel tax will be road pricing. There is undoubtedly going to be a period of time when EV's will be less expensive to run than ICE, but once the market matures and EV's are more numerous the lost fuel duty revenue will have to be made up. It will be then that EV running cost increase because road pricing can be used to make sure that the tax load is spread far and wide. Just my 2p
  7. I understand the carrot and stick approach but for me there needs to be a magic wand! My main car is 12 year old diesel Benz estate, at very best its worth £4k. I don't have a nest egg to draw a lump sum from, I don't have the income to support a monthly payment of £100's for PCP or other finance. So for me the idea of an EV is an unaffordable dream, and I'm sure I'm not alone in this situation. I know that I could get a very early Leaf for about £6k, but that would have a realistic summer range of less than 70 miles, unfortunately that isn't adequate for our primary car, that's why I have the Benz estate car. Even if it was adequate there is a cost to change that would take years to recover. And this is nothing to do with towing a van, we've already given that up.
  8. I understand the governments aim but how can it force people to buy something that is unaffordable. The EV market needs time to develop so that there are capable affordable cars available in the secondhand market. I'd be happy to drive an EV tomorrow but I simply can't afford one. There is no amount of savings to be realised from running an EV that will actually cover the cost of buying on.e
  9. Thanks for that, my last enquiry was a few weeks ago and my insurer was very negative about Covid coverage, its good to see this information.
  10. I really don't think that any travel insurance policies will cover Covid in the foreseeable future. I frequently buy travel insurance to cover business trips, I always buy a policy for each trip, I've made tentative enquiries for travel later in the year, covid won't be covered. I am looking to travel to Jeddah in October/November for work. I'm an independent contractor so normally cover insurance costs myself. But specifically on the matter of anything covid related I'm in discussion with my client about them being willing to cover that specific risk. There is no doubt that covid does bring an additional element of risk to the table, however my client is taking (what I think is a measured and realistic approach) and it looks likely that they will cover any costs arising from a Covid related situation. I'm not sure how you get that sort of cover in the recreational /holiday sector.
  11. Every driver on the road has the option to explore the likes of IAM Roadsmart or ROSPA driving tests. Both systems offer coaching and the opportunity to be tested against a higher standard than the normal driving test. Some people are willing to put time and effort into upskilling themselves and maintaining a higher level of skill using these systems, both of which come with a time and financial cost. There is a small flow of people through both systems which demonstrates that 'some' people are willing to put their money where their mouth is, but it would be nice to see more people take on the challenge.
  12. There is a lack of standards in terminology which is can be very confusing. Self charging models are not battery powered vehicles with very efficient fossil fuel engines to do the recharging; they are fossil fuel powered vehicles with additional technology. Self charging simply means that a car can capture energy on the over run or when braking which normally would have been simply wasted as generating heat from the brakes and causing wear to the brake system. Self charging definitely brings a level of added efficiency to the table but it is far from a silver bullet. Self charging vehicles are predominantly fossil fuel powered with additional systems to capture energy wasted when braking. Yes, self charging vehicles do not plug in but they also have significantly limited electric range, if any at all. Take the Suzuki system which does not have any capacity at all for electric power, but having harvested energy from braking can return the power to 'assist' the petrol engine. Advertisers are bringing in various terminologies to make us think that EV technology is giving us something for nothing, I worry that some people are taken in by the advertising when in reality they don't really understand what they are buying. If you frequent EV car forums it is really surprising how people can be influenced by advertising when they have little real idea as to what they are getting involved with. I am not against EV at all, I just think that people need to have a good understanding of what they are actually buying.
  13. A different type of product but again impacted by supply/demand at the moment. I'm sure everyone is familiar with the shortage of flour, particularly in 'consumer' sized packets, what is everyone baking? We've recently had cause to look for a food mixer, which among other things will knead dough. We bought one from the Kitchen Aid range a few months ago (after much research) and we want another similar one to give as a present. Brilliant piece of kit, gets well used, not a toy with a short shelf life! Trying to find one at an agreeable price is proving very difficult, we paid £280 on a bank holiday deal, normally has a list price of £400. There aren't any deals to be had just now and machines are predominantly out of stock. I'm not putting this in the 'gouging' category but it appears that anyone with machines in stock has certainly reverted to 'list price'. We have a high demand for various incontinence related products and single use gloves, as a regular customer of a reputable mobility aids business most products have been available, in limited quantity, but at their normal price. Although gloves went out of stock and looking for alternatives I did see some terrible examples of gouging, breaking open boxes of 100 and selling them in 10's and 20's at 5-6 times their normal price. Lets hope we all remember those who took advantage!
  14. I don't think it is designed to appeal to you, your mileage in the i10 isn't what needs changing. It's people like me with my 11 year old 2.1 turbo diesel covering 12+k miles a year they are after. However, from a financial point of view the grant could never make it cost effective for me. Also, he reported grant is "up to £6k" no doubt the maximum benefit would only be given if buying say a £70k+ Tesla or something else in that price range. I am enthusiastic about the future of EV's, sadly my finances don't match my enthusiasm
  15. Exactly without the OP clarifying the relevance of the two figures, £1500 and £2000, in the structure of the deal it is not possible to be 100% certain.
  16. My understanding is that a spacesaver spare will maintain the performance of the vehicle in all respects other than than speed and they have a limited duration because they are only designed as a get you to a place of repair facility. Personally I don't have a problem with that. Spacesaver spares, or goo and pumps are clearly not everyones cup of tea but they have been introduced as weight/emissions savings measure in order to respond to customer demand for vehicles with the lowest possible running costs. As stated by @matlodave it is perfectly easy to equip yourself with a full size spare if that is particularly important. In my experience punctures occur so infrequently that I don't regard the provision of spare full size vs. spacesaver as an issue.
  17. We have a family friend who has worked as a specialist repatriation paramedic for several years. From what he has told us of his work all repatriations are 1) expensive, or 2) very expensive, 3) extremely expensive, 4) eye wateringly expensive. Often the people who take a chance without insurance are the ones who have to resort to crowdfunding when something goes seriously wrong. Also he has told us that there are often misunderstandings about the level of cover offered by the EHIC card, with some people naively thinking that if they have the card they're covered for anything and everything (in Europe at least).
  18. I understand your point of view, is it even possible to get travel insurance to cover ALL eventualities at the moment? I suspect not and that anyone who does travel will have to accept a certain amount of uncovered risk. I don't do holidays so it isn't a problem for me.
  19. But there is the matter of getting there. Mrs JetA1 is primary carer for her mother who lives with us, for several years she's been able to look forward to two weeks in Greece with her best mate, it is her once a year respite break. This years trip was booked for the last to weeks in August, the girls were deposit paid and due to pay the final balance just a couple of days ago. It appeared that the only way to keep the protections in place was to make the full and final payment and hope that in the likely event the holiday didn't take place that refunds would be forthcoming. After having a great deal of difficulty in contacting the tour operator (TUI) she finally got through and they've reallocated the deposit for the same holiday in 2021, with the final balance being paid this time next year. It doesn't fix the upset of missing this years holiday but it has given financial certainty to the situation with no losses incurred.
  20. This subject was discussed on the Martin Lewis Money Show a couple of nights ago, As with so many issues this is a developing situation and there is no guaranteed advice at the moment. However, what did come out in the discussion was that the Competition and Markets Authority has already voiced an opinion on the matter along the lines of "if services can't be accessed refunds should be given". Here is a link to the discussion article. https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/05/can-i-get-a-refund-on-static-caravan-fees-if-i-can-t-use-it--/
  21. WhatsApp is a popular alternative for voice and video calls, sure it uses data, but not excessively in my experience.
  22. Isn't that exactly how the state pension system works though? This months pension payments are funded by last months tax take. So in that sense the 'working' population (of all ages) funds the retired population. While contributions to a private pension certainly end up in a 'pot' I've always understood there to be no such thing as a state pension pot, payment of state pension is a current account/cash flow matter, not an investment matter.
  23. I think it is mistake to get into the "who's supporting who" discussion, it is likely to result in resentment of one group of the other; that wont help anyone and won't solve any problems.
  24. Against a background requirement for social distancing I'd like to think that caravanning/camping would be high on the list of activities that are acceptable
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