Pot Hole Repair Funds & Dogs Abuse

February 12, 2019 9:25 am

A couple of months ago I wrote a blog entitled Pot Hole Bingo. This was on the back of the government announcing the release of £420 million to local authorities to help tackle the UK’s growing pothole epidemic.

There have been no noticeable improvements in the three months and I wonder whether the cash was released or maybe put to better use.

It certainly was not spent on the traffic police who have reported not only a reduction in the number of front-line police officers but a shortage, wait for it, of breathalyser kits! The upshot of this has been that the number of deaths from drink driving is on the increase as significantly fewer – in some regions almost 50% – drivers are being breathalysed.

However, there is an initiative underway to raise cash. If you fail to secure your pet whilst driving there is the possibility of a £5,000 being levied. And, if this comes to light whilst you were involved in an accident, there is always the possibility that your insurance could be invalidated.

Leaving aside my increasingly jaundiced view of how motorists are being badly affected by the various cutbacks, the serious point is that, unlike the pothole saga, the safety of your pets, and fellow passengers, is completely within your control.

As well as investing in a suitable harness or dog guard, you should also make sure you carry water and use window shades to ensure your dog stays cool, especially in warmer temperatures.

Never leave a dog locked in the car alone, particularly on warm days when temperatures inside the car can rise rapidly, leaving dogs dangerously overheated in minutes.

I have no idea what will happen when we have driverless cars!

We serve a wide area from Farnham including Tilford, Frensham, Churt, Hazlemere, Hindhead, Headley, Headley Down, Lindford, Bordon, Kingsley, Alton, Crondall, Church Crookham, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnborough, Camberley.

Leased Cars and Their Return

January 31, 2019 2:46 pm

Isn’t it wonderful when there is something in the papers that is not directly related to Brexit?

The publication of new car sales made interesting reading albeit there were some (well many) who did try and introduce Brexit to these but let’s ignore them for a while.

What astonished me was the fact that 90% of all private new cars are bought on dealer finance agreements. If you are one of these then please read on.

As explained within our website there are significant penalties when the car is returned with anything that cannot be classified as fair wear and tear. Also, the interpretation of “fair wear and tear” varies significantly among manufacturers

We estimate that the charges made by the lease and contract hire companies, especially in respect of high-end vehicles, can be three times the amount that we would charge.

And, as the new car sales indicate, we’re buying more imports and fewer British new cars. This generally means that these costs will remain at the higher end of the range.

It makes great sense, therefore, to bring your car to us to inspect. We can repair almost any damage and are happy to offer a free pre-return audit service for all customers – private and business alike.

What is important though is that you bring the vehicle in good time before it is due to be returned. Too frequently we are given no time to carry out the inspection and undertake the repairs. Just last week we were approached the day before the car was due to be returned. We did what we could in the timescale but, had we been given the car even two weeks prior to this, we could have saved the driver almost £1,000.

So do please consider the costs that will be charged by the contract hire companies. By bringing the vehicle to us in good time (we suggest one month before the due date of the return) the cost of repairs versus assessed penalty costs is optimised, reducing the amount you pay to a minimum.

We serve a wide area from Farnham including Tilford, Frensham, Churt, Hazlemere, Hindhead, Headley, Headley Down, Lindford, Bordon, Kingsley, Alton, Crondall, Church Crookham, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnborough, Camberley.

Pothole Bingo

November 14, 2018 10:42 am

The government is listening to some of the motorists’ issues and one that is dear to our heart is the epidemic of pot holes. Whilst this has been good for business we look forward to the day when these become a thing of the past!

Local authorities are set to get a £420 million cash injection to help tackle the UK’s growing pothole epidemic.

However, as drivers contribute more than £45bn in motoring taxation every year, it really is not that generous. It remains to be seen how many of the famous pot holes in and around Farnham do disappear.

You can play your part in helping reduce problem potholes by spotting and reporting them.

To help with this we are setting out descriptions of the more common ones. When you do spot one simply call your local authority with the name:

  • The Great British Pothole: sometimes also referred to as The Classic. Sadly, this needs no introduction. More common in town centres than pigeons.
  • The Alcatraz: there’s no escaping this one. A pothole, or cluster of potholes, that are extremely difficult to avoid due to their size, location or number.
  • The Slalom: the collective name for a group, or groups, of potholes that have somehow escaped the attention of those that are supposed to carry out regular checks of our roads.
  • The Sniper: lurking just out of sight, this one will get you when you least expect it. Of varying depths and widths this is a pothole that is hard to spot which is normally found right in the path of your wheels.
  • The Alligator: it might not have teeth yet, but you won’t have to wait long. These are no longer just found in Florida: sadly, a plethora of crazy crack patterns just like an alligator’s skin are there for all to see on Britain’s roads – no need to book a wildlife trip.
  • The Canyon: Grand it isn’t! When construction joints open, chasms are created. Water gets in making matters worse until a river runs through it … and wheels fall into it. Bad news for drivers and vehicles, but a complete nightmare for two-wheelers.
  • The Fade to Grey: camouflage is best used by the army and a faded zebra crossing is no longer a black and white issue.

The list is much longer so the time has come for all of us to report these to your Local Authority. It is their responsibility to make sure that we, the public, come to no harm on the streets. Now that a budget has been made available there can be no excuses.

We serve a wide area from Farnham including Tilford, Frensham, Churt, Headley, Headley Down, Lindford, Bordon, Kingsely, Alton, Crondall, Church Crookham, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnborough, Camberley. So, whatever Local Authority covers those let’s hope we see a dramatic reduction in all types of pot holes soon.

Up To 20% Off! – Our Autumnal Offer

October 5, 2018 2:41 pm

Enjoy the Bumps & Scuffs Experience

Bumps & Scuffs has been trading in the Farnham area for almost 10 years. Like all businesses we have had our ups and downs but, thankfully, mainly ups as we continue to grow year on year.

We believe we have done this by a combination of:

  • Good service
    • Most repairs are completed on a next day basis which is considerably less than most body shops
    • All quotes are emailed within 24 hours
    • Courtesy reminders are sent 48 hours in advance
  • Technical competence
    • Our first-time satisfaction rate is 99%
    • There are very few jobs we cannot tackle
  • Referral business and repeat customers
    • Some 60% of our business is generated from referrals and repeat business
    • Our star customer has brought the same car back on six occasions!
  • Demonstrable value for money
    • We convert more than 60% of our quotes into orders

We would like your help in improving these conversion rates, especially where there has been damage to two panels or more. All we ask in return for offering these multi-panel discounts is that you provide a testimonial!

So, for the first 20 orders we book in October we are offering:

  • 10% off any repairs to two panels
  • 15% off any repair to three panels
  • And a whopping 20% off to four panels or more

We do not intend repeating this offer so do come and see us during October and be one of the twenty customers to enjoy the Bumps & Scuffs experience.

IDLING MOTORISTS ARE A TURN OFF

October 5, 2018 1:55 pm

Not so long ago there were incentives to buy diesel cars due to the positive impact on the environment: greenhouse gases were the big thing but the particulates from diesel engines are now regarded as being worse. No doubt, as technology improves, and diesel engines become more efficient, the pendulum will swing the other way.

One thing that nobody can change their mind about is that fumes from cars cause major health problems. What I find absolutely amazing is the number of parents who leave their car engines idling whilst waiting to drop off little Johnny or pick up Olivia. Imagine sitting in an enclosed area with your engine idling. Let’s take it one stage further and imagine that you have young children in the car with you.

You might think that that was simply nuts but if you walk around, especially in proximity to schools, how many parents sit there with their engines idling? And when challenged,

“I was cold.”

“I was hot”

“I was listening to the radio.”

Do you ever hear, “I was trying to increase the level of noxious fumes so that the school children in this area could develop even more respiratory problems?”

Research suggests that young children are being exposed to almost a third more toxic car fumes than their parents and, because of they are still developing they are at greater risk than adults.

A simple solution for parents would be to walk or cycle their children to school, away from the traffic, thereby reducing their exposure to unnecessarily high levels of damaging air pollution. It is recognised that, for many, even if they had the will, this is impractical.

It is not impractical, though, to switch your engine off when waiting outside of schools.

Sadly, even though there has been recognition of the problem, and more and more councils across the UK are threatening to hit drivers with fines if they leave their engines running while parked, there has been little evidence of enforcement.

Recent figures released by some local authorities show that, despite having being able to dish out fines to idling motorists, few have actually been issued.

It is estimated that around 30 local authorities in total now have rules in place to target idling drivers, with most handing out on-the-spot fines particularly around sensitive areas like schools and hospitals.

  • Westminster City Council fines motorists £80 for leaving their engines running, but figures show they have dished out just 28 fines over the last 12 months.
  • Neighbouring authority Kensington and Chelsea has proved to be even less effective at targeting culprits, penalising just one solitary motorist during the 15 years since the fines have been in place.

Surely, therefore, the solution lies with the schools and the responsible parents. A note from your local school setting out some guidelines would go a long way as would responsible parents helping complete the education of those others who fail to recognise the effect of noxious fumes on all children – including yours.

Please take the initiative and let others worry about whether diesel or petrol engines are better or worse!

We would be interested to hear your views on this topic especially from those who live within our primary customer area. We serve a fairly wide area from Farnham including Tilford, Frensham, Churt, Headley, Headley Down, Lindford, Bordon, Kingsely, Alton, Crondall, Church Crookham, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnborough, Camberley. There are a lot of schools in this area!

 

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