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Jeff McCrory

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  1. Get a years AA Breakdown cover for £7 using Quidco. http://www.quidco.com/aa-uk-breakdown?nb Initial Cost £28 Quidco Cashback: £21 I signed up, been using quidco for just over 12 months now for all my internet purchases. Earned £170 in cashback so far!
  2. Snap! The woman in the post office said "£20 for 12 months?! What sort of a car is that?!" LOL She seemed very confused that the prices had all changed today, it was only announced 12 months ago!
  3. Thanks all! Picked it up today and it's definitely a Blue (like the darker blue in the photo above). Absolutely love it to bits already. In great condition (aside from rusty allot nuts - but looking over the forum, this appears to be fairly common, and with a bit of luck the Toyota garage will replace under warranty!), and whoever had it before me had fitted on front fogs too :) Not that I'll be doing much sitting in the back, but I was pleasantly surprised with the space there - fairly comfortable it would appear. Well, at least for shorter journeys. Just wonderful :) . As you can tell, I'm a happy owner! You have the same car as me, 2008 Aygo Blue with Style Pack which includes alloys, front fogs and scuff plates. I've had mine since April 2008. I love it! Downgraded from a Mini Cooper and have no regrets! Enjoy! :-)
  4. Meh! That morning just stick a note in the holder saying "tax applied for", but drive str8 to the post office. Not our fault the DVLA wont except our applications before 1st April at their advertised rates.
  5. I tried to renew via post for £20. I included a printout from their website with the £20 rate for Band B car hi-lited informing them that my renewal was dated 1st April 2010 so should be £20 for 12 months. Got it all back in the post today with a letter simply saying "I am returning your application because the payment you sent was wrong. You should have sent £35 for 12 months tax" What utter pratts, totally ignored my printout and note! Going to renew in the post office on the 1st April, if they don't take £20 I will kick up a right fuss!!
  6. The clue is in the expression "runs out 31/03/2010" not quite April 2010 Strange reply, but very helpful ;) And I thought the clue was "due in April". Not rocket surgery Just got my renewal which is due on the 1st of april 2010 and there asking for £ 35 !! this should be £20 i've checked parkers, what car, the AA etc all say £20. I tried to phone DVLA and a recorded message said due to industrial action no one is there to take the call....!!! Ditto with me, says "Renewal for 1st April 2010 for 12 months : £35". Yet on the website it clearly says "from April 2010 Band B vehicles pay £20 for 12 months". Gonna phone them tomorrow to clarify, will report back.
  7. Don't forget that the gummint has been systematically devaluing the pound for the last year or so, the scrappage scheme could be seen as one way for the government to mask this change in the pound's value). The cost of buying commodities such as steel has also gone up a lot since you bought your car. This means that imported cars like the Aygo are going to be more expensive. Yes I guessed it was to do with currency value and the recession :( Still its pretty dire it should increase so much! Oh well, I wasn't thinking of getting a new one, still loving my current Aygo. Might just hang on to it for 10 years.
  8. They have to get their Scrappage Scheme money back somehow :( They get that from the government, well £1000 from the gov. Its pathetic! I am certainly not earning any more than I was in 2008 so why is a "budget" car now £1700 more expensive!?
  9. When i bought my Aygo Blue with Style pack back in March 2008 it retailed at £8840. I managed to argue £400 off the asking price. Today I ran the configurator on the Toyota website for exactly the same car and spec and it came to £10434 ?!! Why the huge increase!? You can get a basic yaris for less than that! :( I suppose it helps second hand sales for us.
  10. Hi, here is my post where i sprayed my rev counter lagoon blue. I got the paint made up for me off ebay... http://toyotaownersclub.com/forums/index.p...&pid=828495 Have fun!
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    My Aygo Blue

    My Aygo Blue
  12. From the album: My Aygo Blue

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  13. Well i have owned my Aygo Blue for just over a year now. My 2 previous cars where a Mini Cooper and a Ford Puma, so it was a downgrade in engine power terms. However the little car comes with Electric windows, CD player, ABS, Air Con and Bluetooth, Side airbags all standard! I paid a high premium for those sorts of "optional extras" in my previous cars, and they didn't even have bluetooth as an option! My insurance is £160 a year, my tax is £35 (£20 next year). My puma's insurance was £960 a year, and tax was £160. My mini did around 200 urban miles to a £50 tank fill (in early 2008) My aygo does around 400 urban miles to a £33 tank fill. It doesn't take a scientist to work out that this is fantastic value! Everyone thought I was joking when I said i was going to get an Aygo, but they realise now why I chose to. I love it cos it doesn't try and pretend to be anything other than a reliable and economic car. Its also great fun to drive!
  14. I've had my aygo blue for over a year now, its sat thru torrential rain and its never leaked. My 2004 Mini Cooper leaked at the driver side window if it rained really hard so I wouldn't worry about having to spend more on a more expensive car to ensure its leak proof!
  15. Being in Northern Ireland you wont have to worry about the English registration change it doesn't affect sales here as we have different regs. If you're buying a 206 or Yaris from Shelbourne check it over throughly, 206's aren't that reliable. Hopefully its a diesel 206. I still see very few Aygo's round belfast, compared to the torrent of 107's and C1's.
  16. Here are instructions on how to fit the rev counter And here's my guide to colour coding it with the aygo blue. Your colour code will be different for the 2009 Aygo Blue.
  17. I got this one off Ebay, just do a search for retrofit 16" flatblade. I had to take the centre surround off the arm where the normal front wiper arm attaches, but then it just clipped on.
  18. Interesting! I had a feeling that the primer for this blue was yellow/gold. Was that primer off ebay too? Or did you get that from Toyota? I got it from Halfords, you can get different grades of primer, the plastic grey primer is probably the best but there was none left when I went in so I got the yellow filler primer instead, seems to have worked just as effectively. The paint was made for me by Central Car Products ebay username is: centralcarproducts. Just need to tell them you want Toyota 8M6 Lagoon Blue when checking out in the extra info text box and a few days later it appeared at my doorstep! I had already waited 2 months for Toyota to supply me only to reply with "Sorry we dont actually supply cans spray of paint, only touch up pens". Good luck to anyone trying to colour code their cowels :-) Remember if your doing this indoors to have lots of newspaper down cos the spray goes everywhere and LOTS of ventilation for the nasty fumes to get out!
  19. Well as far as my Aygo Blue goes its... 1. Cheap to Insure 2. Cheap on fuel - I haven't filled up in over a month! 3. Cheap to tax - a fraction of the cost of most cars. 4. Nice To Drive - I love driving my aygo, its nippy in town and brilliant on twisty country roads. 5. Ecological - One of the lowest polluting cars on the market! 6. Feature Rich - Bluetooth, Air Con, Electric Windows, ABS, Side airbags. You get lots for the price! 7. Funky - I think it looks fantastic! 8. A Toyota - good make with good residuals. I have previously owned a Ford Puma and a BMW Mini and I have to say after spending a collective £30000 on those cars (that's not even including the interest on the big loans I had to take to pay them) I have made the best decision ever to go for an Aygo. Its just as much fun to drive, its a fraction of the cost to own and also to run. My Puma insurance was over £1000 a year! Its £160 with the Aygo! OK its not as refined as a BMW Mini, but its HALF the price, I dont expect it to be! I love my little Aygo and I'll have it for many years to come. People who thinks its a poor car should spend the extra money and buy something else. At the end of the day all cars are just metal, rubber and plastic, some people just choose to spend more on getting one with a designer label.
  20. Has this happened on the M1? Cos if so mine was doing the same, but it was due to the high crosswinds, especially between Moira and Lurgan!
  21. Personally i think VSC is a complete waste of money. I have had it on my last two cars and it did little for me. There is proper VSC and Traction Control which has a computer with accelerometers and highly sophisticated software which controls the engine and brakes. However in the Aygo I suspect that the VSC is little more than enhanced ABS, if the wheel starts to skid it will unlock the brake, if the wheel spins it applies brake to that wheel, and possibly cuts engine power. That's how it worked in my Puma and my Mini, and it certainly wouldn't stop you spinning the car in icey conditions. Also its only active at low speeds, once you go over 20mph the VSC systems are deactivated. The cars in that video would have much more sophisticated and expensive monitoring and control systems than the little aygo. If your Aygo has VSC then please don't think you can drive without taking any notice of hazardous road conditions!
  22. You might have got it cheaper online... Click here!
  23. Are you using the iPod's headphone output direct into the aux input on the stereo? It sounds MUCH MUCH better if you use an iPod dock or another cable that gives you access to the 'line out' part of the wide 'iPod connector' on the bottom of your iPod, rather than the 'headphone-out' 3.5mm socket. I have used my iTrip which uses the ipod connector, and its still pretty dire. :(
  24. Nope, no sub, wasn't going to bother with one. I just want a basic sound system with a bit more bass and am able to hear on the motorway. My ipod via the aux port is barely audible without the volumn setting going into the 40's and even then its tinny. I dont know why they bothered with rear speakers, you cant hear them either!
  25. Yeah I am not going to bother about DAB now. I think this is the one... Kenwood KDC-W5041UA Has everything I want and has nice amber lighting to match the aygo.
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