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o/t car advice

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:53 am
by the flying pig
Revival of a popular past thread.

I only have on-street parking where I live. Overnight some traitor to the human race stole all four of my hubcaps on my slightly scratched & not-very-smart 2007 ford focus. I was literally hopping mad when I noticed.

Three questions for SB'ers, since i still know nothing at all about cars - only the missus really drives ours.

(1) should i replace them or just leave the car without [it doesn't look great]?
(2) if replace, what's the best option - generic ones for about £15-£20 per set or ford ones for about the same price per wheel?
(3) are there any future steps i could take to discourage theft after i've replaced?

Thanks

Re: o/t car advice

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:58 am
by Ponte
Alright, who's first?

o/t car advice

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:05 am
by topbin
Karma's a bitch.

Anyway, just get some cheap locking ones. Saves it from happening again.

o/t car advice

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:15 am
by Disco Dan
Cable ties are a cheap way to discourage hub cap theft. Of course, the canny thief may carry a pair of snippers, in which case your planning is redundant.

Re: o/t car advice

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:16 am
by MightyWhite
Ponte wrote:Alright, who's first?


Continuum etc

Re: o/t car advice

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:16 am
by MightyWhite
Disco Dan wrote:Cable ties are a cheap way to discourage hub cap theft. Of course, the canny thief may carry a pair of snippers, in which case your planning is redundant.


Yes, they are a cunning bunch

Re: o/t car advice

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:18 am
by eric olthwaite

Re: o/t car advice

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:23 am
by the flying pig
topbin wrote:...Anyway, just get some cheap locking ones. Saves it from happening again.


mightn't cheap generic ones:

1 - leave me more vulnerable to theft since all car owners, rather than only Ford owners, would potentially want them; and
2 - look rubbish?

thanks

o/t car advice

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:33 am
by topbin
the flying pig wrote:
topbin wrote:...Anyway, just get some cheap locking ones. Saves it from happening again.


mightn't cheap generic ones:

1 - leave me more vulnerable to theft since all car owners, rather than only Ford owners, would potentially want them; and
2 - look rubbish?

thanks


I think you can get cheap(ish) ones that lock, i.e. one of the bolts is a funny shape so you can only undo it with a special adaptor.

Might look shit, yes, but your other option is more expensive, so... Guess it depends on how much you want your wife to look good when she's prowling the streets.

Re: o/t car advice

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:33 am
by dirty leeds
the flying pig wrote:
topbin wrote:...Anyway, just get some cheap locking ones. Saves it from happening again.


mightn't cheap generic ones:

1 - leave me more vulnerable to theft since all car owners, rather than only Ford owners, would potentially want them; and
2 - look rubbish?

thanks


1 - No, since cheap, generic ones put you in the same class as everyone else, so you're less likely to be picked on. They took Ford 'cause they wanted Ford. They can get the others without revisiting your address.

2 - Who cares? They're fucking hub caps. You don't care. No, you really don't.

Re: o/t car advice

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:35 am
by AndyPaul
the flying pig wrote:s on my slightly scratched & not-very-smart 2007 ford focus.

(1) should i replace them or just leave the car without [it doesn't look great]?


Well it sounds like you ain't that fussed about how your cars looks so maybe not bother replacing them?

Also however has stolen your hubcaps might possibly make a return visit in a month when they may think you will have replaced them?
Alternatively it may have been revenge for a past indiscretion and it signals the end of a vendetta, in that case replace them.

Re: o/t car advice

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:34 am
by Ponte
Or next time you clip a car, slow down and see if any hub caps fall off the victim's wheels.

Re: o/t car advice

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:41 pm
by barry white
You see them on the roadside all the time, just use some of them. It’s recycling and the sub-humans won’t steal your new variety set :thumbl:

Re: o/t car advice

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:27 pm
by Phil LUFC
Get some cheap ones, if you're happy with the look, and more importantly the missus is, job done and if they're obviously cheap, noone will take them. Cable ties are a good idea, added benefit that the cheap shit ones you buy won't then just fall off while the missus is driving you about.

Re: o/t car advice

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:42 pm
by thechubbyone
Do they sell large, inflatable ones? I'm picturing something like the things they put in bowling alleys for kids - should be a lot kinder to your neighbours' cars.

Re: o/t car advice

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:52 pm
by OWETB
Are you sure that your misses hasn't kerbed the car? Sounds more plausible to me than some cunt robbing them.

Re: o/t car advice

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:24 pm
by the flying pig
OWETB wrote:Are you sure that your misses hasn't kerbed the car? Sounds more plausible to me than some cunt robbing them.


i doubt it. it'd need to have been a spectacular kerbing to account for all four of the wheels.

these are the mean streets of saaf london. daft stuff gets twoc-ed all the time. i don't think i've kept a dustbin lid for more than a few months in 10 years of living there. and on the one day that just by chance i happened to only remember to lock my front door with t'yale rather than that plus the big chubb lock someone happened to pick the lock & help themselves to a few choice possessions. this 'coincidence' in timings suggests to me that something similar is attempted on almost [here i exagerate for effect] a daily basis.

Re: o/t car advice

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:34 pm
by moscowhite
the flying pig wrote: i don't think i've kept a dustbin lid for more than a few months


I've just had a great idea about your new hubcaps...

Re: o/t car advice

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:23 am
by topbin
So, liking to live life 'on the edge', I have booked my car in for M.O.T. today, with 30th April being the last day of my old certificate. The silly little bugger needs new tyres and brake pads for it to pass, which can't be done until Thursday.

Now, I also couldn't get a new tax disc until I had a new M.O.T. (or so I thought) as it, for some reason, wasn't on the DVLA website as being MOTd last time, though I did have the certificate (which I don't now have with me to pick one up today). As such, it'll be Friday at the earliest I can pick up a new tax disc.

Am I breaking the law if I drive the car tomorrow? i.e. out of date tax disc and no official M.O.T.? I'm allowed to drive it to the MOT station on Thursday morning without it being a problem, but I was told by someone or other that there was some grace period of 5 days or something.

I've had a look around on dvla etc, but can't find an answer. Are there any itk guys around here who can help?

Re: o/t car advice

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:48 am
by Phil LUFC
I recon you're screwed for tomorrow. Not convinced by a 5 day grace period at all, but even if it exists, for the MOT it'd presumably exclude anything termed as dangerous but even then, I think you only have until the other certificate expires at most - my thinking was that the new certificate supercedes the last and as its all computerised, you're probably listed by the DVLA as not having a valid MOT.

As for the tax disc, maybe a 5 day grace period could cover you ifyour tax disc was in the post, but again, it'd be on the DVLA computer.