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You should pop down the shop to pick up the other one over the counter. Click and collect maybe?...

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When dealing with euro car parts it's a propper Turkish bizarre.

Never had a problem taking parts back but often have to or should I say did.

I've even rang to make sure the parts are there oh yes come on down you get there not in stock but the computer said we had it.

I've been given air filters that have been used oil that's been opened with some missing the wrong spare in the right box.

So even before I leave the counter open everything and check it all.

I ordered 5L of red OAT antifreeze and that turned up a day late but was ok when it did turn up.

I'm sorry for your frustration but that's euros for you.

On the flip side I also use AUTODOC in Germany and although usually £10 postage they have never got an order wrong and a fare larger selection of parts as well 

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@C8RKH My original intention was to use 'Click & Collect' (it's use is limited to key workers only, but I qualify) but as I needed the parts ASAP, the bizarre lead times of 2 days for C&C but 1 day if you have it delivered swayed me in that direction. I can't get hold of anybody at ECP as their recorded message is quoting at least 2 hour's waiting times on both phone calls and online live chat, and you can't just turn up at one of their stores unannounced apparently. I posted up my displeasure on their Facebook page and all they've done with that is delete my post without replying. I could place the order again, but then I'd have to pay for it again and still have the issue of trying to return 1 item (eventually, as they're not accepting returns at the moment) whilst trying to get a refund for 2, and it would be Friday before I could collect if I can't speak to anybody and get them to extract their collective corporate digits.

@philcool I'm kicking myself now. I looked at AUTODOC and they had them in stock at pretty much the same price but it was only their delivery time of 4-6 days that put me off. Looks like I would have been quicker with them in the long run. Similarly, Alfistishop (also in Germany) were dismissed for the same reason.

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I knew that @Alfa2Evora. Was just winding you up....!

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Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

The first guy to ride a bull for fun, was a true hero. The second man to follow him was truly nuts!   

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I’ve only had one transaction with ECP. I went in to ask for a fuel filter for the Esprit. Gave the girl at the counter the part number, and she just looked blank. She then asked me what car it was for. I told her she wouldn’t find it on the ECP system as I’d already looked that morning but she persisted. When I told her she said tapped away and then said, ‘It’s not on the system’. I said, “I know, that’s why I gave you the part number’. This was followed by a request for my registration number, which, as expected, also drew a blank. I told her to search for another car the filter fitted, but no dice. As luck should have it, another chap appeared from the back office, I collared him, and got the same runaround. I’ve never been back in there since then, preferring to use my local motor factors where the blokes know what I’m talking about, as I don’t have time to waste.

I can’t blame the ECP staff if they haven’t been properly trained to do what most people in the automotive parts business would think is reasonable, that’s simply unfair. But surely they need to engage staff with some kind of basic knowledge of cars?

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@Chillidoggy surely they need to engage staff with some initiative, motivation, a working brain, and the power of reason and deduction. Basically, some staff who actually give a shit.

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Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

The first guy to ride a bull for fun, was a true hero. The second man to follow him was truly nuts!   

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Just had some deliveries (5 different orders) from Amazon. Dropped at the door, delivery driver running back to his van.

Bugger some items missing.  They split one order and put 1/2 with another order - which is missing. Funnily enough, the only email I've received to say the that the order has been delivered is the one that it missing. The other deliveries - no email.

Can't find the on-line chat any more (or any contact details for a person)_, so I've had to report the missing items vis the "bot" on Amazon's website, which says they'll be delivered Friday. 

Not too happy as I have 1/2 a PC waiting to be built.

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Driving into the base today and a Jay decided to dive bomb in front of me, gutted as hate killing anything, I thought it went under the car until the MOD security said oh mate it’s still blinking pointing at my grille......5C2AD9E3-324A-42A6-8BE7-02C617240726.thumb.jpeg.0707dff60f4ab34e48dc0bba5c0055c2.jpeg

Poor thing 😢

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Sorry, this is cut down, but it'll still be long.........

Moved house on Friday. All packed up arrived outside the new place at 11.30. Sat there waiting. Asked for ETA from solicitor at 12. (bear in mind there are only 2 houses in this chain Renters -> us -> Empty house).

Your buyers say that they have sent the money, but not turned up yet. Then follows many phone calls. At 4.30 the buyers solicitors come clean - we sent it BACS not TT. So that means it'll take 3 days to turn up. Bank says we can try and recall it, but it'll probably take longer, so leave it until Tuesday. So we get permission to move in under licence and allow our buyers to do likewise at our place.

In the meantime the new place needs a full going through redecorating throughout, new kitchen, new roof to the garage (double obviously :yes:) and eventually new bathrooms etc etc. So I have 2 weeks off to make a start - but cannot do anything until we complete.

Tuesday rolls around. The money arrives. My solicitor then hits the buyers solicitor with the penalties for both our place and the new place due to the late completion. It is the sols F*£$ up and they knew this was coming but still took virtually all day to agree to pay in the meantime ignoring emails and phone calls. Then before these funds come over the purchase moneys disappear from our solicitors account. Apparently they have been recalled (how the hell can that happen once they have cleared?), the banks are not sure where it is, but say it could well be another 3 days before it appears again. Fingers crossed for some better news today, or the situation will be complicated by having to return our mortgage advance and re-request it (seems sensible, not).

In the meantime the interest charges on the 2 houses are racking up at £170 a day and at some point I can see the solicitor being more resistant to meeting these costs, despite it all being because of their incompetence. 

When this is over I plan to go straight to the Law Society with a complaint.

So what do we think the next chapter will be?

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No offence to the profession but isn't it always the very expensive solicitors that screw house moves up? That sounds like mistake after mistake and I'm sure we're not talking about a small amount of money that keeps going awry!

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You would think it was something they have never done before hence why they screw it up.

Mind you, you could think the same of builders - how do they always manage to so over promise, underwhelm and under deliver?  Again, you'd think it was their first time every time.

@Colin P - you are sounding very stressed to me and this will be having a significant impact on your health and wealth. All of this, including the interest penalties and the actual cost of two days holiday lost, will need to be factored into the settlement that your solicitor agrees for you to receive from the numb fooks on the other side. However, alas, based on my own experience they will be reluctant to push your case hard as the professions never really go against the professions. So, just get the Evora out for a drive and relax and chill...... :)

Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

The first guy to ride a bull for fun, was a true hero. The second man to follow him was truly nuts!   

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1 hour ago, C8RKH said:

Mind you, you could think the same of builders - how do they always manage to so over promise, underwhelm and under deliver? 

Don't start me on the builders - we are supposedly remodelling our house driveway and barn (read very big garage 🙂). We started the process last August and we still haven't had written quotes / estimates from most of the people involved - it supposedly starting in September. What gets me is that they are all happy to come up for a morning (in some cases two or three times - as they have forgotten what they are supposed to be doing). What little has been done (garage and barn doors) have been completely mis-spec'd by the fitters, the barn door has destroyed itself twice over the winter and I now need to brace it for high winds as we have only just discovered it is only rated to 59mph winds when we were told it was rated to 80mph - we live on Dartmoor ffs - it gets windy and we told them so.

Rapidly looking for other builders / roofers - the roof won't survive another winter like last.

So if anyone on here is only a half-arsed or better builder - move to Devon, you could make a fortune - it's a licence to print money, there must be so much work as if a customer has the temerity to ask 'How much is all this going cost' the local builders totally ignore you. Before COVID we were actually thinking of moving just because we just don't trust the trades people round here any more - our neighbours also had a hell of a time with there builders.

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Knowing I’m not restarting work until September earliest.

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk - that will teach us to keep mouth shut!

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Somebody exchanged on a house of mine but on the day of completion (when I was fully packed up) they admitted they didn't have the funds to complete. Solicitor gave them 14 days at a penal interest rate but even after that the funds never materialised. The (almost) purchaser lost their 10% deposit plus the racked up interest. Felt sorry for them but I had to take a hit of more than the deposit when it was finally sold.

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The money from our buyers is there. It’s been seen in our solicitors account. It’s their solicitor that screwed up, then the banks. Still not located, now saying it could be 10 days and pressure to complete being ramped up (not sure how that can happen without the money). So it’s the 3 owners being screwed by cock ups by those being paid to do a job. 

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Just hope none of you have an insurance claim, another cluster fcuk waiting to happen there then.  hehehe!

Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

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It made me extremely unhappy that my Local Dealer wanted 3k USD for bolt tightening, and that a friend was able to do it for me for around 600, it annoys me how obtuse Alfa Romeo's Service is in the United States, mind you I understand it's not a prestige brand, but I get friendlier more accommodating service with my pick up truck. 

 

Annoyed is probably a better word, than unhappy.

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Watching the BBC News, it makes me more “Unhappy” every day, why do I pay my license fee🙄

Out for a Blat or on the Allotment

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23 hours ago, Jason is Chasing said:

..............it annoys me how obtuse Alfa Romeo's Service is in the United States, mind you I understand it's not a prestige brand....................

I know that it won't make you any less annoyed to hear that it's not any better here in the UK.

Especially here in Scotland. The dealer who had the franchise for several years eventually lost it after countless complaints to AR in Italy from a huge swathe of owners, myself included. The franchise then passed to another company who were really very good, with staff who were knowledgeable and passionate about the marque's heritage. However, for a variety of reasons, they gave-up about 3 years ago and somehow the previous dealer got the franchise back, :realmad: .

I've had at least 1 Alfa in some shape or form in my 'fleet' for the past 40 years or so but I fear that the current one could be my last. Here, it is regarded as a semi-prestigious brand but the dealer network is more suiting a 'bargain bangers' car lot,  :cry: .

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Unhappy. Yes. Just been ordered back to work on Doha after having a couple of weeks off following on from a 12 week trip. Worst part is that I am in the middle of doing an Esprit SE clutch change along with a few other service items and upgrades for a fellow owner. Now the car has to sit and wait for possibly up to 10 weeks before I can get back to it. In fairness, the owner is not worried about the delay as it was always understood that me being called away was always a possibility. Just a pity I hadn't managed to squeeze out another couple of days and it all would have been done.

Frustrating as hell. But then the job pays for our toys and in the current climate we have be thankful of employment where thousands of others are less fortunate.

Stay safe guys.

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On 06/07/2020 at 12:45, Alfa2Evora said:

I know that it won't make you any less annoyed to hear that it's not any better here in the UK.

Especially here in Scotland. The dealer who had the franchise for several years eventually lost it after countless complaints to AR in Italy from a huge swathe of owners, myself included. The franchise then passed to another company who were really very good, with staff who were knowledgeable and passionate about the marque's heritage. However, for a variety of reasons, they gave-up about 3 years ago and somehow the previous dealer got the franchise back, :realmad: .

I've had at least 1 Alfa in some shape or form in my 'fleet' for the past 40 years or so but I fear that the current one could be my last. Here, it is regarded as a semi-prestigious brand but the dealer network is more suiting a 'bargain bangers' car lot,  :cry: .

This seems like the EXACT same thing we experience here, and it's terrible for not only the Brand image, but hurts the future sales of a legacy that had just returned to the United States, it is rather frustrating, I had hoped your experience in the UK would be better, especially since your market seems to have a more healthy Driver's community.  It's unfortunate, it really is.

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The Alfa network is hopeless, worst I've ever seen, which is a real shame, but the specialist network is amazing. I loved my GTV, which I had for 12 years. if I had somewhere to put one, I'd have another in a shot. I'm really worried for Alfa now, the Giulia is a great car but it didn't sell because of the dealers and the flaky quality of press cars.

The 4C is a great car, if you take the time to correct the errors made by Alfa from the factory. They have cancelled the new GTV and I'm worried that's it for their efforts in sports cars. I'd love to be in an Alfa,I love the community and the heritage but they are just not helping themselves.

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