Toby's Activa and 406 Coupe

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Post by KP »

Sorry to hear that Toby :( its a bugger waiting ages for a response and then being let down at the last minute :(

Don't worry something better will come along soon enough :)

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Sorry to hear your news Toby,was really willing you to get the job :cry:

Atleast you have put the effort in and no doubt you will have learnt a bit from the process.Hope you get some good feedback when you manage to contact them.

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That's a bloody shame Toby :evil: Their loss... Like you Colin, I had everything crossed for you to get that job.

Keep at it, you'll crack it soon enough and more than likely it'll turn out a better one and then you'll be glad you did not get the Fawley job..

That's life and it goes about things in a seemingly odd way at times.. Some call it fate...

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Post by Toby_HDi »

Thanks all. Is a shame but I will keep looking...

Unfortunately, more bad news though.

I wanted to get the Activa insured so I could start driving it again. However, on looking around I just cannot afford it. Insurance of nearly £1000 cannot be justified especially as I'm paying for the Coupe's already. Yes, I'm young and have an accident against my name, but even so I feel that insurance is just getting silly now.

I feel backed into a corner and now think I have no option but to let the Activa go :cry: It's stood outside, not being used and I can't see me being able to for a long time yet...

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Post by KP »

£1000 is very bad!

try using a company called HIC :)

they always proved good with my 20v turbo and fast renaults when i was 18-24 :)

My insurance for mine is around £400 a year with limited miles and also i have 6ppoints for IN10 as well :( but they come off this year so can't wait to see by how much it actually affects my premium after my birthday :)

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Have you tried Admiral Toby?

Cost me a somewhat unbelievable £68 to insure the silver machine...

I agree that it's getting plain daft now. Insurance is perhaps the biggest outlay in running a car. It makes road tax look like a bragain...

Still, perhaps now Richard Hammond is transport minister, things like this will be looked into and resolved.

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Post by jgra1 »

sorry about job Toby :( and also the insurance..
I have same problem, a coupe and the TD xantia.. even at 35 it's expensive with 2 incidents in the last 3 years...

Is there someone who can own and name you for the activa? parents etc.. you only want occasional use on it..? that's what I have done..
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jgra1 wrote:Is there someone who can own and name you for the activa? parents etc.. you only want occasional use on it..? that's what I have done..
That's a good idea John :D

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Post by Toby_HDi »

Well cheapest I've found is £749, thats basic FC cover with no Legal Services which I'm debating on if I really need it. If I do its an extra £25.

I might book the Coupe in early for it's MOT (it's due June 3rd) and see what it might need. I have a suspicion its going to fail. If it does I may transfer insurance over to the Activa. I don't know if thats the best plan though. It also means I'm back to square one. One car, not being able to drive Coupe.

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Post by red_dwarfers »

So you have offroad space to keep one car?
Would it be possible to have a car rotation every few months?

I've always debated on having a second car whether it would be offroad until I could afford to use it or run alongside the current. I think the real underlying reason I won't, is basically down to a feeling of betrayal of the White Xantia. Its never unexpectedly let me down and I feel that if I did have another it would kick up a fuss!
All very silly really :oops: :lol:

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CitroJim wrote:Still, perhaps now Richard Hammond is transport minister, things like this will be looked into and resolved.
:shock: What, that midget that can't drive and keeps crashing? Help us all!

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MikeT wrote:
CitroJim wrote:Still, perhaps now Richard Hammond is transport minister, things like this will be looked into and resolved.
:shock: What, that midget that can't drive and keeps crashing? Help us all!
My bad.. It's Phil Hammond...

I knew it was a Hammond..

Possibly Richard's brother..

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CitroJim wrote:
MikeT wrote:
CitroJim wrote:Still, perhaps now Richard Hammond is transport minister, things like this will be looked into and resolved.
:shock: What, that midget that can't drive and keeps crashing? Help us all!
My bad.. It's Phil Hammond...

I knew it was a Hammond..

Possibly Richard's brother..
Phew, had me seriously worried there! :lol:

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So Toby,

All this insurance shenanigans, does that mean the Activa cambelt job is off then?

I took a stack of photos and a lot of mental notes when I did mine at the weekend ready to do a web article on it...

It is a nice easy one but I forgot how fiddly some parts are due to poor access. There are detail differences between doing an aircon and non-aircon versions too. The non-aircon engine has a lovely auxiliary belt tensioner...

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Post by Toby_HDi »

I've tried everything. Cheapest is £750. Considering it would only get used at weekends and the occasional rally I think I may forgo the legal cover.

Anyway, the Coupe is going for an early MOT tomorrow. If it fails, I will transfer cover to the Activa. I have a horrible feeling it is going to fail spectacularly.

I can then start sorting it while driving the Activa.