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Why are there so many people on other forums who are complete experts on absolutely everything.

Just today I have learned from another one-make forum:

1. It is illegal for a car trader to sell a car without an MoT. (Which means most classic car mags are chock full of law breakers.)
2. A car without an MoT is not a car at all, it's just a pile of bits. (I'd like to see you argue that one with the Police. "No officer, it's not a car. It's got no MoT you see, it's just a collection of parts that looks like a car. Therefore, it doesn't need insurance")
3. Petrol with ethanol in dissolves metal fuel tanks. (Not sure about this one but apparently it's a fact)
4. A leaky waterpump gasket is most likely caused by a blown headgasket putting more pressure in the cooling system than it can handle. (The radiator cap is presumably just there to stop coolant sloshing out if you corner too fast.)

If someone came on and said I'm thinking of performing a heart transplant on my dog, I've got a spare dog from the dogs home, what tools do I need? None of us would feel qualified to answer, even if Big Tony in the Nag's Head had talked us through it. However, when it's cars, everyone knows the construction and use regs by heart, has intimate knowledge of the MoT tester's manual and is a qualified solicitor with specialist vehicular knowledge.
 
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2. A car without an MoT is not a car at all, it's just a pile of bits. (I'd like to see you argue that one with the Police. "No officer, it's not a car. It's got no MoT you see, it's just a collection of parts that looks like a car. Therefore, it doesn't need insurance")
That's an interesting one.

If I took a plank of wood and some pram wheels on a road is it a pile of rubbish or a car?

What if I fitted a lawnmower motor? Is my little go kart a car?

At what point do I need to apply motoring regs?
 

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To go off-topic in the second post is a massive achievement! :thumbs:

I salute you, fellow LITERATI.
 

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So if I make a go kart from bits of wood, it needs registered with the DVLA/DVA, taxed, insured and MOTd?
Are you on a wind-up, sirwiggum? :confused:

Any motor vehicle used on the public highway must have numberplates, tax, insurance, MoT and all that jazz.

There are exceptions for invalid carriages and the like, but not for the sort of vehicle you're talking about. If it's a vehicle powered solely by a human, and not used for hire or reward, I believe the rules are different.

Or have I got this all wrong? :rolleyes:
 

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It's a funny rant, because if you ignored the sarcasm, you could apply it and talk about a good thing.
The thing is you can go on a forum and find experts on an amazing range of stuff. Look at PaulR who got an obscure Catalonian poem translated a while back, and some of it's background explained.
But when you get 'experts' who are nothing of the sort, that I imagine is what you're ranting about.
 

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maybe folk should use the status function to provide details of their expertise ;)
 
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I wanted to put a washing machine motor on the go kart :lol:

Yes I'm on the wind up :)
 

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I wanted to put a washing machine motor on the go kart :lol:

Yes I'm on the wind up :)
That's a relief! I was close to having you drummed out of THE LITERATE for rank idiocy. :lol:
 
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This place is just as bad for so-called experts as any I've been on.

Trouble is, there is a lot of good info too - you just can't always tell what's [email protected] and what's not. Fact, opinion and parrot-like repetition of others' views/experience (just to appear knowledgeable) are all present in equal measure except on just a very few forums.
 
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This forum is infinitely better than the other forum referred to in many many ways. Yes you get advice offered by people who have no clue about that they are talking about but if someone more knowledgeable interjects, nobody seems to have a hissy fit.

If I see a question asked and I've an idea of the answer, I'd put "Have you considered.... when did you last....... It could be........etc"

I wouldn't put "It's the thrappling pins scrunging on the wangshafts. Anyone who says otherwise is talking ********. If they disagree, I'm going to go round to their house and shoot their dog."
 
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