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  1. Dreaded but Necessary Insurance

    Yes, I presume agreeing the market value of a newer car is more clear cut. It seems the problem is with older, classic or modified cars.
  2. Dreaded but Necessary Insurance

    My current insurance is with Aviva and is due for renewal but they refused to tell me their hypothetical write-off valuation unless, or until, I had made a claim.....Tesco, said it would be around £2,000! I suspect Aviva would use the same guide book - hence my decision to get insurance with an agreed valuation.
  3. Dreaded but Necessary Insurance

    I recommend you check your insurance company's theoretical 'write off' value of your older cars. If the insurance seems cheap, there is usually a good reason for it (in their favour and not yours).
  4. BMW M5 (E39): PH Heroes

    Nice write-up on the E39 M5 in Pistonheads today. Anyone here own the featured car? https://www.pistonheads.com/features/ph-features-heroes/bmw-m5-e39--ph-heroes/36958
  5. Dreaded but Necessary Insurance

    Sorted. Have agreed insurance valuation of £13,500 less excesses. Car may be worth more on the open market but this agreement is preferable to arguing with Tesco/Aviva etc it was worth more than £2,000 (their value) in the event of a write-off. Have had to send a load of photos etc to demonstrate its good condition and mileage etc Premium a tad over £500 via Adrian Flux but excesses are lower than Tesco and I dont mind paying a bit more for a sensible value on the car to insure against a worst case scenario.
  6. Dreaded but Necessary Insurance

    Yes going to try a few. Chris Knott helpful but unable to come up with anything remotely close to Tesco or with better write-off figures. Being an M5 and ungaraged the main issue.
  7. Dreaded but Necessary Insurance

    I received a similar quote today but it turns out their maximum valuation for damage/write off is under £2,000. My '02 M5 with 98k on the clock is clearly 'worth' more than that. Seems this low valuation is common across the mainstream insurers but I am struggling to find anyone who will offer a more realistic market value.
  8. 100k mileage not far off....

    I have not used the courier service so cannot help you with the pricing. Lepsons' website says it used to be a free service but this is no longer possible as courier costs have increased significantly.
  9. 100k mileage not far off....

    They are certainly as close in colour to the wheels that were on the car when I bought it, so yes. Some shadow chrome wheels I have seen are very shiny - too much for me. I think Lepsons have it about right as I prefer the slightly darker colour they offer.
  10. The old girl needs some tlc

    Great job. Car looks terrific! Are they new or refurbished headlight units?
  11. 100k mileage not far off....

    Not much change from £500 including four new M badges (£20) and VAT. Cheaper if you are able to just give them the wheels - £340 plus VAT. http://www.lepsons.com/prices/ Mine needed a small weld and a couple of bits straightened which was included in the cost.
  12. 100k mileage not far off....

    Approaching the 100k mileage landmark so decided to give the wheels a spruce up. I bought the car in 2006 with 32,000 on the clock and this is the third full wheel refurb (yes I am a bit anal over wheels!) This was my second visit to Lepsons in Gillingham who did a great job five years ago and I am very happy with their latest effort so happy to recommend them. IMG_20151024_124958.jpg - The mutt approved too....
  13. No decision yet as far as I can see. The most recent consultation which resulted in bringing forward these current plans said: Later this year, we plan to consult on proposals to expand the ULEZ on behalf of the Mayor. No additional information regarding the emerging ideas for expanding the ULEZ is included in this consultation. However, any relevant consultation responses received as part of this consultation and responses to the previous Stage 1 and 2 consultations, will be taken into consideration when developing proposals for expanding the ULEZ. Enforcement of all vehicles residing and driving within an area like the M25 would be an expensive nightmare.
  14. Short shift gear lever - How To guide!

    First class. Thanks for doing this.
  15. https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/bmw/m5/bmw-5-series-e39-m5-2002/7091051