• I have back problems and once had a MEGA-Spasm attack(so you really have my sympathy too.) Am headed to hospital this morning for another xray as a matter of fact. After doing the last split rail fencing at our place, my back went “out” before Xmas; nothing like the spasms but even with pain and anti inflammation relief, it’s remained “tender.”…[Read more]

  • OP I could have written this post myself – ive had the same issue every 3/4 months after certain exercise. The first time I was taken to A&E in absolute agony, the following times I’ve been brought to tears but havent needed a hospital trip. I need 2/3 days off work each time. I’m gradually finding a coping mechanism – I see a fantastical ost…[Read more]

  • I suffer terribly with back pain and spasms. I have tried all sorts, and the only thing that seems to budge it now is Robaxin 750g and a heat pad.

    You do have to get these as a private prescription as they are too expensive to give on the NHS but they work out about £25 for 100 tablets and are brilliant. I would speak to you GP about these.

  • I feel for you – I know well that back pain that paralyses you and is almost too sore to breathe past

    I took so much in the way of pain relief i was out of my head, but a herbalist gave me valerian, passiflora and chamomile alongside pain herbs and that worked a treat.

    The thing that helped me most was a hot water bottle and rest

  • You could try these?

    Chiro
    Physio
    Lie on a golf ball
    Hot bath
    Heat packs
    Shoulder support

  • @mike I’m guessing pcp, is something other than drugs?

  • Do not believe a single world a dealer tells you about PCP. Whilst sat waiting for a test drive I had to force myself not to interrupt a sales person talking to some potential victims about it… Sure, you can have something great for little up front cash, but the same is true about buying all your gadgets on a credit card and only making…[Read more]

  • If buying new… work out exactly which model you want. Go in to dealer morning of the last Saturday of the quarter ask for the best price for model X. Depending on the value, popularity (inc. options you want), if you are after an ex-demo, point in life cycle of the vehicle make an offer lower than their best price, you will be rebuffed, give…[Read more]

  • Bought my most recent car new from a main dealer a couple of months back, first new car I’ve ever bought, however a quick look on autotrader shows only 3 of them in the UK so realistically having set my heart on it, it had to be new. However 2 things I learned in this experience of buying new:

    cash isn’t necessarily king – paying outright isn…[Read more]

  • There’s something itching the back of my mind, but all this leasing does not seem right.

    There has to be a catch?

    I rent now too. I’m still wondering what the catch is……..but still went with a PCP finance deal (after always buying cars outright in the past). The deal works for us, get a new car at an affordable price per month with options…[Read more]

  • There’s a hell of a lot going for leasing (with ours anyway), known monthly payment covers everything; insurance, tax, MoT, tyres etc. etc.
    No worries about breakdowns, it gets fixed and we’re given a courtesy car for free.

    I love it, takes the stress out of car ownership.

    @dizzy There’s something itching the back of my mind, but all this lea…[Read more]

  • There’s a hell of a lot going for leasing (with ours anyway), known monthly payment covers everything; insurance, tax, MoT, tyres etc. etc.
    No worries about breakdowns, it gets fixed and we’re given a courtesy car for free.

    I love it, takes the stress out of car ownership.

  • I’ll work on the being nice while haggling.

    Thanks everybody for the useful advice.

    I know which car I want, and it will be the same that I have now because I love it.

    Nissan Cashcow.

  • 1) If you are buying new, decide on what you want and then contact every dealer in the UK asking for a quote for the specific model, engine size, extras etc. that you want.

    2) Take the cheapest quote and contact everyone who replied again asking them to beat it.

    3) Repeat 2 (optionally you can knock another £X off the price and lie about the…[Read more]

  • @peter heres what you do
    a, though I hide it well on these forums, I do have a certain imbecilic charm. So do not be aggressive.

    b, Often with a new car the manufacturer will offer a deal on finance or lease, think £1K. You can usually after a month pay off the deal which netts a the £1K

    c, Dealers do special deals for NHS, BAE and big e…[Read more]

  • Certainly not says Arthur Daley

    1 hour later we are down to £10K which was cheaper than the same car secondhand.

    @saffy May I ask what techniques or such like did you do to get a discount?

    When I go to a showroom and ask for best deal they say, sorry can’t do that. So I walk away. Not a fan of haggling.

    Also not a fan of leasing a car.…[Read more]

  • Don’t know if it’s an option for you but there are some great lease deals on Volvo V60’s at the moment, have a search if you’re interested but one I saw was £1500 deposit and £99 per month over 3 years at 8k pa. You never own it but it’s cheap for what you get and it’s their problem if something goes wrong.

  • I tend to have a pretty solid idea of what i want, so all this test driving and shopping around i don’t understand.

    Eg: I wanted a food focus, so I went and bought one.

    In all seriousness, there are some amazing lease deals around at the moment, im tempted myself.

  • If you go in a showroom, if you want to test drive a car, expect to spend 1- 2 hours. So just to try eg a Corsa, Fabia, Fiesta will take a day. Then sussing if new or secondhand is better is hardwork.
    eg We saw a brand new Corsa. Any discount says I.

    Certainly not says Arthur Daley

    1 hour later we are down to £10K which was cheaper than the…[Read more]

  • Go to Autotrader. Select options. Find suitable cars. Go and test drive one. Repeat until you find one you want to purchase.

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