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About alex282

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  • Birthday 07/10/1992

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  1. Write Off Valuation

    You can argue and usually their third offer will be the final. When I wrote off my first Gen 7 four years ago I paid £2000 and was offered £1500 but managed to argue it up to £1600 and then £1800. Probably too late now but you should have had the option to buy it back from insurance for around 15% of the write off value and take the parts off that you need. In your case that might have been worth doing for the engine but stripping and selling parts is a lot of work
  2. Selling a car... Test drives?

    When I bought all of my cars I just asked the seller to take me a drive. When I sold one I took the buyer out for a test drive driving myself then let them drive it for 5 mins. It's unlikely there would be any problem but to be on the safe side I probably wouldn't advise letting someone else drive because if something goes wrong it's most likely that they only have third party insurance for other peoples cars which wouldn't pay for the car
  3. A drunk guy in blackpool "your cars s**t!* A guy walking past my drive "I bet that uses a lot of fuel why not get a diesel?" One of my friends "Is it a 1.6?" The compliments are funnier though; A boy to his dad in a car park "look its the NEW toyota" A boy to his mum in tesco car park "look its a ferrari" Lots of kids "nice car" or "wow look at that car" One of my friends whilst drunk "is this a lamborghini?" Makes me wonder what all the other comments people have said that I haven't heard. The only time I hear them is when I have the window down driving slow or walking away from it while parking
  4. Happy 3 Anniversary alex282!

  5. How to post a body kit

    I think the other courier specialising in car parts I used was googling carpartcourriers.co.uk that I found from google. I think this and paisley freight are 3rd party companies so all they are doing is redirecting you to citylink etc so sometimes it might be better to get a quote off parcel2go or parcel monkey as it quotes you directly from the company. A lot of companies say they don't deliver car parts or they wont offer compensation if they break however If you are selling a whole bodykit I'd probably offer collection only, meet half way or use shiply. Couriers are ok for things like spoilers
  6. Car Compliments

    I don't seem to get many compliments from adults but usually see or hear kids point and say stuff like wow look at that car if I have the window down One that made me laugh recently was when I got out and walked across the road and a boy a couple of years younger than me said to his dad "look it's the new Toyota"
  7. Yes almost every day since I've had the car. If I didn't drive anywhere during the day I'd take it round the back-roads or into the country Would hate to see how much money I've spent on petrol for "pointless drives" but then again they aren't pointless just getting the most out of my pride and joy and it's like a hobby
  8. Happy Birthday alex282!

  9. "BHP Loss"

    Maybe he's just thinking of that the actual horsepower at the wheels is usually a bit less than at the flywheel I remember reading that the BHP could go up when it's older because the engine loosens up but who knows From the gen 7 naturally aspirated power list basically every car is reading +/- 8bhp from the rated horsepower so it's not any major difference Think it depends on how the car has been serviced over the years and things that could make a minor difference may be the driver, wheels, sparkplugs, exhaust, air filter, fuel filter etc
  10. Pesky bluetooth/mp3 player

    Since upgrading my phone from the Galaxy S2 to the S4, the bluetooth compatability works much better and I'm not having any of the problems I used to
  11. Opinions on a replacement

    The fins bend so easy even with just picking it up with your hands. It's nothing to be worried about plus no one will see them. They are basically just sheets of metal that touch the pipes to increase the surface area for better heat transfer
  12. celica GT vs GT86

    I know Toyota want to focus on fuel economy these days but they definitely should have had a turbo version of the GT86 so at least it's an option for those who look for this sort of car but with more power. Other manufacturers are cutting the 0-60 times down more and more each year they should keep up to keep those customers that want that as one of the top priorities in a sports car. Over 10 years ago they were doing it with the Supra and GT4 which made them the legends that they are today so why not on the GT86?
  13. celica GT vs GT86

    Wonder if his was stock. Would be interesting to see a comparison of track times between the T sport and GT86 I reckon it would be really close
  14. Custom exhaust

    I went custom and would recommend it. Just make sure you ask around to get the best price and don't get conned. I emailed a few powerflow and maganflow etc for quotes Drove a 200 miles round trip and was still much cheaper than the £450-£500 I was quoted for a catback from some companies (or even under the same powerflow name). Managed to find one for £290 and they made a great job of it. Favourite mod by far
  15. celica GT vs GT86

    I think some of us get bored of our Gen 7 now and again whether it be due to the lack of low end torque, poor reputation in the car scene or just having the same car for a long time But when you really think about it, it still looks better than almost every other car in the price range (and above), and ticks a lot more boxes than anything else Keep that lovely GT until you are absolutely sure that the next car won't make you regret selling it for