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KWIK FIT REFUTES MAIL ON SUNDAY INVESTIGATION

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KWIK FIT REFUTES MAIL ON SUNDAY INVESTIGATION


Chain denies tabloid claims

Chain denies tabloid claims

A story in the Mail on Sunday in February claimed that Kwik-Fit charged for parts that were never fitted on a car.

The article claimed that a reporter was told that her wheel ‘might fall off’ if she didn’t replace a bearing and charged for a plugs that were ‘not fitted’. Kwik-Fit responded with a statement that rebuffed most of the claims in the article. “We made a series of recommendations in respect of these cars, the majority of which the newspaper accepted were reasonable, however the article focused on a small number of allegations with which we fundamentally disagree” the statement read.

“We provided evidence to the newspaper to support our case, and offered to re-inspect the cars, however they refused and published the story. It is entirely appropriate and correct that we provide you with further details that counter the allegations made by the Mail on Sunday”.

The chain also published a read-out from the alignment equipment, which it says shows the vehicle presented was ‘ever so slightly toeing’ and the adjustment brought it back into manufacturer’s tolerance.

On the subject of the spark plugs, Kwik Fit says that it recovered waste spark plugs with UV dye on it “thus establishing that it did come from the car in question”. It also refuted that ‘scare tactics’ were used to sell a wheel bearing.

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CAR PARTS PORTRAIT OF THE QUEEN REVEALED

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CAR PARTS PORTRAIT OF THE QUEEN REVEALED


Photo credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Photo credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

A 10 ft. portrait of Her Majesty the Queen created entirely out of car and truck parts has been unveiled to celebrate the monarch’s 90th birthday.

The portrait pays homage to Her Majesty’s work as a trained mechanic and driver in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service during the Second World War.  It has been put together by technicians, including some form national chain Kwik-Fit.

The team behind the sculpture was led by artist David Parfitt.  The Queen herself has previously admired David’s work, signing a sculpture of his in 2011 built to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Crawley New Town.  For this portrait of Her Majesty, David was supported by technicians from South-Eastern branches of the company.

The construction of the monarch’s mechanical mirror image took the crew over 280 man-hours to complete.

 

The giant crown itself includes brake and indicator lights from an original Austin K2 – one of the types of military vehicles that Her Majesty completed her mechanical training on in 1945.

There are over 50m of cables and hoses, 125 spark plugs, 60 gaskets, 150 washers, 24 pumps, 20m of leads, 10 headlights, 6 bumpers and 100’s of springs, nuts and bolts.  This enabled the team to create a highly accurate likeness, even down to the smallest detail.

The final portrait weighs in at 115kg.

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