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The car cleaner drove my car through a wall

Old 9th Oct 2015, 19:54
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The car cleaner drove my car through a wall

I wasn't best amused when the guy I asked to detail my car and make it all shiny and new looking, failed to mention he'd never driven an auto box before.

Range Rover vs Wall

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Old 9th Oct 2015, 20:45
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Hope they gave you a discount on the cost of the valet.
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Old 9th Oct 2015, 21:08
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I hadn't driven an auto box before I drove an suto box, but bloody hell, they're not exactly difficult to master!
Did he have a driving license?
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Old 9th Oct 2015, 21:15
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Will insurance cover the cost of repairs ?

Also,is there a trick to the auto in a Rangie ? I always thought autos should be easier to drive,as long as your left foot is hovering over the brake pedal when you gently squeeze the accelerator in an unfamiliar vehicle.
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Old 9th Oct 2015, 21:34
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The very first time I drove an auto it was also left-drive.

I was parallel parking and, having selected reverse, I used my left foot on the brake pedal as I would have on the clutch pedal - the car stopped mightily quickly!
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Old 10th Oct 2015, 00:32
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I'd be initiating a major complaint to the builder of that wall, if a Range Rover Sport could knock it down so easily! That's pathetic!

A properly-built wall would see the Range Rover crumple up and the airbags deploy!
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Old 10th Oct 2015, 04:48
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It will all buff out!
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Old 10th Oct 2015, 05:22
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Whenever I drive an auto I keep hitting the brake pedal by mistake....but hard to imagine how you could possibly hit the throttle unintentionally....
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Old 10th Oct 2015, 06:50
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Told a long time ago by a Metropolitan Police driving instructor that you don't, definitely don't, use both feet in an automatic unless you are racing/in persuit and trained for it!
There is usually a rest for the left foot, use it!
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Old 10th Oct 2015, 07:13
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Thats very interesting about the Met Police. I too drive an auto and have done for 15 years and would never try an brake with my left foot. More concerning is that "Honest John" the motoring correspondent in the saturday edition of the Telegraph advocates you should always brake with your left foot. Its not only uncomfortable and feels unnatural but I would be more concerned about the confusing inputs to the CPU if both pedals were touched at the same time, which would be possible.
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Old 10th Oct 2015, 10:17
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Unfortunately the insurance didnt cover it. His Public Liability didnt cover it as it was a motor accident. My Insurance didnt cover it as i'd given him the keys and he wasnt on my policy. So he hadnt stolen it.

The wall was part of an old storage building on a disused airfield. So it was some age, and probably not too strong. within 3 days we had a new wall erected. Within 10 days the car was returned to me as good as new. No structural damage to the car. Just superficial damage to paintwork etc. New bonnet 700, bumper 360, lights 900, wipers 80, screen 743, wingmirrors.400 Paint 450, Tyre 120
Eyewatering costs from rangeRover.
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Old 10th Oct 2015, 10:18
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I'd be initiating a major complaint to the builder of that wall, if a Range Rover Sport could knock it down so easily! That's pathetic!

A properly-built wall would see the Range Rover crumple up and the airbags deploy!

I reckon the wall builder probably died around 60 years ago
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Old 10th Oct 2015, 10:42
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The first time I ever drove an automatic it was my first time in a left hand drive car, out of a rental company's compound at a busy international airport onto a busy motorway junction. And it was also the first time I'd ever driven on the right hand side of the road.

Talk about squeaky bum time. Mrs. Martian knew to keep very quiet until we were a mile or two down the road and I started to breathe again.
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Old 10th Oct 2015, 10:53
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Fortunate to see that some of the wall bricks were saved from further damage by landing on the 'soft' hood/bonnet.
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Old 10th Oct 2015, 11:06
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helimutt,did the cleaner pay the repair expenses ? Hope so !
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Old 10th Oct 2015, 11:34
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Dashcams - a good investment these days.
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Old 10th Oct 2015, 12:08
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Dashcams can be particularly amusing if you leave them switched on when your car goes to the garage for something. Some of the conversations/comments and singing attempts from the guys fixing your car are priceless.

Make sure you're nice to them when you drop it off to the garage though....
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Old 10th Oct 2015, 15:53
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The OP has a 'be aware' point of law and got me wondering. Myself while visiting a supermarket chain ending in 'o' there is a car valeting service in the car park. People park near to the service, hand over the keys and shop.

The valliter (not employed by the supermarket, an independent valeting company) then drives the car to the area where it's having a wash and brush up and then parks the car in any available space after.

My car is insured only for me to drive, having said that, the supermarket car parking for shoppers is on private land and not under jurisdiction of road traffic laws.

The point being, if this valliter pranged my car (and most of them do not have a good command of English) while driving my vehicle, where do I stand for compensation?
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Old 10th Oct 2015, 15:59
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Originally Posted by dazdaz1 View Post
... where do I stand for compensation?
I would suggest the back of the queue
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Old 10th Oct 2015, 17:10
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In the UK if the public have access to the area you're driving on (eg supermarket car park) the driver must still be insured.
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