Tuesday, 4 December 2018

How to Claim Against a Pothole

How To Claim Against A Pothole


Potholes are a common sight on many roads within the UK, especially around springtime. No matter how hard we try to avoid them, there is always that one pothole that catches us off-guard. If you are fortunate enough to leave a hit pothole with all coils and tyres in tacked, then you can drive off with little concern.

However, if you have been made a victim by a nasty pothole that has left you with a deflated tyre or broken coils, you can claim compensation.

 Collect the Evidence

The first action that you should take after hitting a pothole is to collect all the evidence possible from the scene. This includes the exact location of the pothole, photographs showing the pothole and any photos of any damage caused when you hit it.

If safe to do so, return to the pothole with a ruler or measuring tape. Place the ruler or measuring tape in the bottom of the hole and take a photograph. By doing this, it illustrates how deep the pothole is. 

Report the Pothole

Once you have collected all the evidence you now need to report the pothole to your highways agency or local authority. They are responsible for maintaining the roads in your local area and will need to organise a repair in due course.

Keep Your Receipts

It is unlikely that you will be compensated before you need your car back on the road.

This means that you will need to pay to get any damages fixed before receiving any possible money. Once your car has been fixed, ensure that you get a receipt for all work carried out to repair the damage, this will vital evidence in your case.

 Make A Claim

Each local authority has a specific protocol when it comes to claiming against a pothole. Contact your local council to find out what information they require and start the claim proceedings.

I’ve Submitted A Claim – What Now?

Now that you have submitted your claim, you may be starting to consider what you can do if you aren’t happy with your compensation offer or rejection.


I’ve Received A Pothole Offer I’m Not Happy With

You may feel that you have no control over what the council can offer you, but this is not the case. Don’t be afraid to negotiate costs of repairs with your local authority


My Pothole Claim Was Rejected – What Can I Do?


If your pothole claim has been rejected, you may be able to appeal the claim. Put in a request for the council’s road inspection reports. Once you have them you can check to see if they have followed the process as required. If the claim hasn’t followed protocol you can appeal for a review.


My Local Authority Still Aren’t Paying for The Pothole Damage


If you are struggling to reach a resolution with your local authority you can take your pothole claim to a small claims court. Seek legal advice before going down this route. If your legal team are in support of your claim and believe they can help you get the compensation you can further pursue your claim for your pothole damages.


Thursday, 1 November 2018

Cold Morning Tips: How To Safely Clear Your Window Screen


How To Defrost Your Car Windows Quickly And Safely


Winter is coming, and based on reports it's going to be a cold one!
As temperatures are already dropping, get ready for the dreaded morning routine of thawing your car before you can drive off to work. We look at some of the best tips to defrost your window quickly and safely!

Tips

  • Use a scraper, be careful to hold the scraper at an angle and to not scratch or damage your glass. If the ice is too thick for this to be effective, try combining it with some other options below.
  • Use a card if you don’t have a scraper in a pinch. Make sure to choose a more disposable card though, such as a loyalty card. Do not risk bending your credit card or drivers licence!
  •  Use a de-icer, available in aerosol or spray forms, leave the spray to sink into the ice for a couple minutes before you go in with a scraper and it should be a lot easier.
  • Use your car heater, turn the heating up all of the way, and aim the fans at your windows. This will start the ice defrosting from the inside and will really help when you come to scrape it off!
  • Lukewarm water, use the water to soften up the ice as you scrape at it. Be careful to only use lukewarm water and not hot.
  • A solution of rubbing alcohol and water, one part water to two parts alcohol is supposed to clear the ice right up!

What Not To Do

  •  Do not use boiling water! It is tempting to want to get rid of the ice as soon as possible, but boiling water will cause the glass to change temperatures dramatically which causes cracks or weakness in the glass.
  • Don’t use anything sharp. Don’t chip away at the ice with a sharp object, this will chip or scratch your glass.
  • Do not drive, this seems obvious but do not start driving and hope the glass will clear up quickly. This is not only dangerous but it’s against the law.
  • Don’t leave your car running as you go inside, there are reports every year of people getting their cars stolen as they were inside waiting for them to heat up.

Prevention

To prevent ice build-up try using something to cover your windows at night to reduce the amount of ice on there by the morning. You can get tarps or window covers, but even a folded sheet will help. Getting a ‘night before de-icer’ is also a good option, spray it on the windows as you park up for the night and in the morning you will have less or no ice! Or try getting a de-icer for your window cleaning solution, to similar effects, this should help prevent the ice building up. They coat the window in a film and help prevent the ice sticking. 





Monday, 1 October 2018

6 Car Parts & Their Uses

When it comes to motoring many of us know that operating a car involves the correct fuel, oil and yearly maintenance. If your mechanical expertise does not extend much further than this, you have come to the right place. We have put together the 6 most common car parts and explain what they do.

Looking for a Vauxhall car part? Get in contact with MegaVaux today! Specialising in Vauxhall car parts, we will either have the part your looking for in stock or order it for you.

Engine

The car engine is the heart beat behind everything. Found within your engine bay, the car engine works by allowing fuel and air to filter into the engines cylinders. When the fuel and air feeds into the cylinders a small combustion takes place. The combustion causes a rapid expansion of gases in the form of heat which in turn creates the motion.

Ignition

When you turn the ignition switch on, you are allowing a current to flow to the battery. The ignition system generates a high voltage and sends it directly to each sparkplug. This ignites the fuel-air mixture in the engines combustion chambers, causing the combustion with the engine.

Muffler

Under your car you can find a metal container, which contains a series of sub-chambers inside. The muffler helps to reduce the overall engine noise.

Alternator

The alternator is responsible for all the electrics within your car. The alternator turns a magnet which sits within a wired coil. This rotating movement of the drive belt get turned into electricity, which produces a voltage to charge the cars battery. The car battery is then able to power all the cars electrical components, such as headlights, brake lights and internal electrics.

Radiator

The engine produces a lot of heat when it’s running, meaning that it needs a radiator to keep it at an optimum temperature. The radiator is located at the front of the car. It allows fresh air to run over and through all the radiator fins. The fins on the radiator are used to help absorb excess heat to ensure that car doesn’t overheat. Coolant is pumped through the engine block and into the radiator and picks up heat from the engine.

Transmission

The cars transmission ensures that the correct amount of power and torque goes from the engine to the wheels. This allows you to drive within different gear ratios according to the speed of the road. To shift between gears your engine and transmission must disconnect temporarily. When you push the clutch in your engine is disconnecting from the transmission.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Can Vauxhalls Take The New E10 Fuel?



What is the new E10 Fuel?
The government is drafting plans to introduce a new E10 fuel to the UK. This fuel is already rolled out in other countries including Germany and France. E10 is a ‘biofuel’ – it is regular unleaded petrol made with 10% ethanol instead of the usual 5%. Which is hoped to be 2% less pollutive than usual unleaded petrol. The bioethanol in the fuel absorbs some of the carbon dioxide emitted which is why E10 is considered greener.

The problem with E10 is it cannot go into every petrol car as standard. Many older cars will be unable to run on the new eco-fuel, and this has delayed the release of E10 in the UK. Any car produced after 2011 will be E10 compatible – but many popular cars from just before this time, that are still on our roads, will be unable to change fuel. The official advice is that any car predating 2002 is unlikely to be compatible and are advised not to try as it can damage your vehicle.

Vauxhall has previously said, “E10 fuel can be used in all petrol-engine Vauxhall vehicles except models with the 2.2-litre direct-injection petrol engine (code Z22YH) used in Vectra, Signum, and Zafira.”

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Check out The First Peak At The Brand-New styling For The Vauxhall Range




Yesterday we were treated to a sneak peak of the Vauxhall GT X Experimental brand concept.
This is the new futuristic design that’s going to be a vision of Vauxhalls next decade of cars from 2019. Vauxhall is hoping this modern design direction will revamp the brand. Vauxhall’s Vice-President of design Mark Adams has said: “Design will be at the heart of everything that we do in the future. It will truly differentiate the Vauxhall brand, and make it sharper and more relevant to our core values.”

Photos By Vauxhall

While the images leave a lot to the imagination, what’s under the sheet gives us an idea of the shape of the new range, suggesting an updated hatchback body. Whilst the modern lights and general look appears similar to other ‘futuristic’ style cars such as other electric or hybrid models. Vauxhall has explained these lights are called ‘Vizors’ and will be a prominent feature on the future range.

Overall Vauxhall has said the new range “will embrace its core values – British, Ingenious, Progressive and Approachable – and provide a template for the future design of its production cars”.

What do you think is this a good direction for Vauxhall? Let us know in the comments!

Monday, 2 July 2018

Vauxhaull – 25 Years of the Corsa


The Corsa model turns 25 this year! To celebrate this achievement Vauxhall released a list of 25 things you may not have known about the Corsa, Check it out below!

As the iconic Corsa turns 25, here’s 25 things you may not know about it 
  1. The original Corsa was introduced in an advert with supermodels Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista 
  2. It was once claimed that about 70% of learners make their first car purchase the same model as they pass their test in[1]
  3. Vauxhall has sold two million Corsas in the UK and 9.86 million globally
  4. ‘Corsa’ means ‘race’ in Italian
  5. When Arctic Monkeys signed a publishing deal with EMI publishing, lead vocalist Alex Turner celebrated by buying a Vauxhall Corsa 
  6. The Corsa replaced the much-loved Vauxhall Nova
  7. Matt Smith sold his Corsa on eBay for £6.3k, donating the fee to children’s charity Starlight
  8. Tinie Tempah, boxer Nicola Adams and ex-Doctor Who actor Matt Smith all bought the Corsa as their first car
  9. The most popular latest Corsa colour bought is the Grey, with 45,050 Grey Corsas currently on British roads
  10. The original model sold for £7,195, with the price rising by just £3,850 in 25 years. Assuming an annual inflation rate of 2%, it would be less expensive now than in 1993
  11. Vauxhall has sold 20,000 Corsas to UK police forces in the past ten years
  12. Original Corsa designer Richard Shaw still works at Vauxhall, working through the ranks to Chief Designer for Interiors
  13. Famous celebs involved in campaigns for the Corsa include Sean Paul, Claudia Schiffer, James Martin and fictional rock band, The C’mons
  14. Vauxhall has supplied thousands of Corsas to driving schools including BSM, Red and Hitachi Capital
  15. British artist Alex Chinneck designed a gravity-defying illusionary artwork which saw the artist suspend a Corsa fifteen feet in the air at London’s Southbank Centre
  16. Vauxhall renamed its yellow colour to Maddox Yellow to show support for pensioner Peter Maddox, whose yellow Corsa was vandalised
  17. The Corsa is one of the most popular used cars bought, with 63,000 sold each year through Network Q, the best place to buy a used Vauxhall
  18. Over 100 models of the Corsa have featured in the annual Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair at locations across the UK for the past 13 years
  19. The latest generation of the Corsa is available in 13 colours 
  20. Some Corsa models have a hidden shark on the hinge of the glove compartment
  21. Unusual Corsa models have included a convertible version and a sporty pick-up
  22. In 2014, the prototype fourth-generation Corsa was in gear to win the Guinness World Record for the “Largest GPS Drawing” 
  23. Vauxhall created a pair of bespoke headphones in the shape of a Corsa to help launch the fifth year of the UK Beatbox Championships in 2011
  24. The Corsa previously shared some of the same parts with a sports car, the Lotus Elise
  25. A new electric Corsa model will be launching in 2019 – Vauxhall’s first electric Corsa. Which you can read about here!


For all Corsa parts, no matter which of the models you have from the last 25 years visit MegaVaux

Friday, 1 June 2018

Beware of Corsa Cannibals


There has been a wave of thefts among the Midlands and North East, as ‘Corsa cannibals’ are stripping Vauxhall Corsa’s. The thieves are stealing parts in the night while the cars are parked outside their owners’ house, some were even on drives. The cannibals are targeting the Corsa model due to their popularity, and the price that these parts will go for on the black market, as there is such high demand. The cannibals have been causing havoc, as people wake up in the mornings to find their bumpers missing or front ends completely dissembled! Which means expensive replacements for anyone targeted. Parts taken include bonnets, bumpers, grills and lights. These thieves have been described as highly skilled to remove these parts so quickly without damaging them, mechanics say this type of work could be done in as little as 10 minutes if someone knows what they’re doing.

This is the second wave of crimes like this, as this craze started back in 2013, during which over 500 Corsa’s were targeted in Bedfordshire. Police believed this was an organised crime network, that proved to be very profitable. A Vauxhall spokesperson has said that the cars are being targeted specifically as the Corsa models are very popular among younger drivers. The young inexperienced drivers are more prone to crashes, with the stolen parts being sold for replacements of damaged parts.

Police have warned owners of Corsa’s to be careful where they park to avoid the cannibals, preferably in a secure location, with CCVT, where thieves will be unable to get to the bonnet. Vauxhall has since teamed up with the police to try and catch these cannibals.

If you’re not a Corsa cannibal, you can get your Corsa Spare Parts with us at Megavaux.