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DonkeyApple

16,379 posts

52 months

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Friday 10th August 2012 quote quote all
Sorry to hear.

Just a brief additional thought, wasn't the car on SoR? It seemed to move around a few dealers so I don't know if this was the case. If it was, what's the bet the previous owner hasn't been paid?

Tang Soo Tim

504 posts

52 months

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Sounds like a complete nightmare !!!! just don't take it out on the car ! you will end up with a great car that will look stunning smile

Plus you will have the respect from everyone on here for saving another cerb and getting it back on the road where it belongs, it's going to take time but one day you will be cruising down the road listening to the pops and bangs with a huge smile on your face totally hooked like the rest of us

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natben

2,523 posts

114 months

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Friday 10th August 2012 quote quote all
Sorry to hear that Englishman, but stick with it, I can see a gorgeous car with a well sorted engine giving you lots of enjoyment in the future. But chase that dealer and get what ever you can by way of compensation but I do have the nagging feeling that getting anything from him will be unlikley!! he will probably fold and start again somewhere else!!.
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Englishman

1,078 posts

93 months

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Friday 10th August 2012 quote quote all
Car was actually previously registered to Driven Image according to the log book.

Phil Dicky

4,195 posts

146 months

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Friday 10th August 2012 quote quote all
I'm sure the guy from Driven Image used to post on here....I'm guessing not anymore !!!
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Englishman

1,078 posts

93 months

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Friday 10th August 2012 quote quote all
I'm sure he still looks and why I have to keep to facts rather than expressing my feelings - but you can all guess I'm sure!

Gazzab

15,727 posts

165 months

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Saturday 11th August 2012 quote quote all
There's a whole lot more to this story I'm sure. Best of luck with sorting it. Hopefully there is nothing else wrong with it.

Mr Tank

5,410 posts

158 months

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Saturday 11th August 2012 quote quote all
Hi

My case is with the courts.
He has till the 17th to respond if not the court will issue a order!
Then hopefully the Bailiffs will go in!
I am not holding out a lot of hope there will be anything there for them to seize! I just hope they give him a lot of grief!
In David's case if it becomes a criminal case then I hope he gets locked up, that will give David and myself the best satisfaction!

Andy

DonkeyApple

16,379 posts

52 months

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Saturday 11th August 2012 quote quote all
I wonder how good his tax returns are? HMRC can be rather annoying. smile

Flying machine

653 posts

59 months

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Wednesday 29th August 2012 quote quote all
Englishman said:
Car was actually previously registered to Driven Image according to the log book.
I've only just come across this thread, and really wish that I'd seen this earlier. From bitter personal experience with this couple of total shysters I would have urged you to have avoided with a massive massive barge pole - as other threads (a noble springs to mind) may also suggest. I can certainly feel your pain and what makes me really annoyed is that this isn't an isolated experience and I know that PH has its N&S rules, but it is such a shame that as a community of motor enthusiasts (and even more so in such small circles like TVR ownership) that people aren't well aware of such bds. Tweedle dum and tweedle dee spring to mind.

My experience - in case anyone cares - certainly has some parallels with yours. In early 2009 I bought a 911 C4S from them, assuming that the car would be prepared and checked over thoroughly before sale and that any problems would be backed up by a warranty, which you might expect from a dealer promising just that. This was my first mistake. Picked the car up and pretty soon noticed that the aircon wasn't working - told them and dum said no problem it'll just need a regass. Anyway, it didn't - it needed a new condenser and a few hours of labour. What is interesting is that this work didn't go through the warranty company, and a quick scan of my paperwork made me seriously question whether such a warranty (paid for) actually was taken out on the car. At first dum and dee were nice as pie, but then when the cost of all the parts and labour came in they switched and were the most unprofessional people I'v ever dealt with. My car was missing for almost 10 days with no follow up or updates - all of my phone calls suddenly went straight to answer phone and messages including via email were ignored. In the end it took my wife pretending to be another customer to get them to answer the phone and the threat of reporting my car stolen to the police to actually get someone on the phone. In the end the car was fixed. But there were lots of little things that told me it hadn't been inspected at all i.e. bulbs not working and corrosion to wheels, the left lamp unit filled with water and misted up and also the xenon lamps were actually a very cheap aftermarket kit (I was assured they were factory fit) that broke and I ended up fixing myself. To top it all off they told me that the V5 was in the post and after several weeks of it not arriving I had to take it off the road as the tax had run out. I was furious. Same pantomime re answering the phone and it's the only time in my life I've ever had to shout at somebody down the phone. Still took weeks to sort out that too. They simply don't care, not a tiny little bit. This was several years ago now and it's not a surprise that they didn't last that long.

But, still every cloud etc - and as others have said, your car will be fantastic when it's properly sorted.

And as a nice happy ending it would appear that they have disappeared from the scene:

http://companycheck.co.uk/company/05737156

Sadly they may pop up again so keep your wits about you, although a little bird tells me that dum or dee has given up trying to rip people off on his own after they fell out and has had to go back to selling volume cars in a main dealer instead. Here's a little tip: if you treat customers really really badly this is what will happen. If you do something right like provide good quality cars that are thoroughly checked and repaired and backed up by a proper warranty like professionals then you might do a little better, but please do the public a favour and don't try. They were strictly amateur hour.

Sorry for the long post, I feel really bad that they just continued as they were and got you too frown

Oh, and it would be truly wonderful if either dum or dee does actually post on the forums and would like to explain their business model.

Englishman

1,078 posts

93 months

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Wednesday 29th August 2012 quote quote all
Yes I had seen some of the Driven Image saga, and knew the car had come from there, but I foolishly thought the car must have been sold as part of the liquidation rather than going to Tweedle Dum or Tweedle Dee's new company.

Now over 2 months of ownership and only had it for the journey south and then to the garage the following day!

coetzeeh

1,290 posts

119 months

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Wednesday 19th September 2012 quote quote all
Looks like the car is back on the market - were the issues with the car resolved as the ad suggests the car is perfect?
http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2012...

Englishman

1,078 posts

93 months

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Wednesday 19th September 2012 quote quote all
Well it isn't for sale - and awaiting the court case to be scheduled.

If anyone is thinking about contacting the seller - don't and certainly don't leave any money, just ask Andy!

Mr Tank

5,410 posts

158 months

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Wednesday 19th September 2012 quote quote all
Hi

Yes please don't offer him money as he will take it (from as many people as he can) and then you will have to take him to court to try and get it back!

My case is still on going!

The man is a crook and nobody should deal with him as David and myself have found out to our cost!

Its such a shame as the car when sorted will be a great car!

Andy

Englishman

1,078 posts

93 months

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Thursday 20th September 2012 quote quote all
You'll notice the advertisment has now magically dissapeared. Not sure if that had anything to do with reporting as a scam to Autotrader, the DVLA or the Police last night though.



Gray_101

1,036 posts

73 months

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Thursday 20th September 2012 quote quote all
So what's the currant status of the car ?


Englishman

1,078 posts

93 months

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Thursday 20th September 2012 quote quote all
Status is that I've owned the car since 20th June and not been able to drive it for 3 months!

Hopefully it won't be too much longer now though before it is sorted out legally and mechanically, because it really will be a great example in the end.

RUSSELLM

4,948 posts

130 months

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Thursday 20th September 2012 quote quote all
There's been a few overseas scam artists advertising that car over the years.

One year it was advertised on AT in 3 different places @ different prices smile The propper one being the advert in Scotland.

Englishman

1,078 posts

93 months

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Friday 5th October 2012 quote quote all
A quick update on the condition of the engine as described by TVR Power:

- heavily warn finger followers
- pistons partially seized
- liners dropped
- head gasket failure

Summarised as 'we have never had a speed 6 engine with so many mechanical failures at such a low mileage'

Plus of course the melted Cats....

Today's pic:


Gazzab

15,727 posts

165 months

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Friday 5th October 2012 quote quote all
And who inspected it...I'd sue him as well!
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