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Car warranties – what will and won’t void them?

So you’ve got a new car and been given a 3 year warranty (or some other time), or you’ve purchased an extended warranty for your current car, now you’re hearing horror stories about what you can’t do if you don’t want your car warranty to be void, well let us help you out.

Generally, car warranties DO have a clause in them which will state exactly what will void them, red that clause carefully just in case your chosen provider has any additional voidable “offences” within their contract, however, in general reasons for voiding will be things such as;

-Using your road vehicle for off-roading.

-Damaging your car during a race event / otherwise in a manner which would be reasonably expected of a road going car.

– Modifying your car in a way which may cause damage or reduce the life span of a part covered by warranty, this could include things such as modifying or removing certain sensors, making modifications to the cars ECU or onboard computer, for instance a remap – remaps often change the fuel/air ratios and could cause damage to the engine (this is of course highly unlikely, but if there is a chance that it caused the damage then it will be seen as your fault, and will not be covered).

– Not sticking to an agreed service schedule. If you don’t have your oil, or belts changed, and as a result your engine seizes or breaks its valves, then you would not be covered under warranty, however, the services must be carried out correctly, but DO NOT need to be carried out by a main dealer, a local independant garage is completely fine, as long as you can prove it was carried out, for example with a stamp in your service book, or with receipts for the work.

Things which will not (unless explicitly stated in your contract) void your car warranty include;

Changes to the physical appearance of your vehicle, such as paint, stickers, window tints, bodykits etc, unless they can be proved to have contributed to the fault.

Interior changes such as new headunit, leather seats, lighting upgrades etc (if these items break they are unlikely to be covered under warranty though!)

So don’t let people misinform you, it’s harder than you think to void a car warranty, if you use your car in a normal manner and don’t do any crazy engine mods, you should be completely fine.

Why purchase when you can hire?

Before you think about hiring a crane, you will need to ensure you fully understand all aspects of the hire – including who is liable in the event of any accidents. A crane can potentially be very dangerous. Generally, a crane hire company will also send a crane operator/supervisor who will be responsible for all aspects of the crane’s use, meaning you won’t be liable if something goes wrong, but it is important to be sure. The hire company should be insured for loss or damage of the crane equipment in an accident, however, unless the operator was negligent, damage to your property may not be covered – check this when hiring.

Be certain that you read all small print as generally you will be required to ensure that the ground is stable and suitable for a crane, and that all information about what you are lifting, and where you are lifting it to is correct – the provided crane operator will not perform any lifts which he deems unsafe or too much of a risk to either the public or the crane hire equipment.

Any lift with a crane comes with its risks, ensure you have planned out the lift in the best possible way to ensure that the lift(s) go without any issues or unnecessary risks – if you identify any potential risks, either resolve them, try to find another alternative method to perform the lift, or in the worst case, ensure you are insured against any damage or loss caused by the lift.

Ensure there is good access to your site for the crane, as many crane hire contracts will state that you are responsible for the crane and related equipment once it leaves the main road and joins part of your site, whether that be your access road or the building site itself.

You should plan well in advance and do a full risk assesment on all aspects of the lifts you need completed, and be sure to follow all of the latest guidelines and standards. If you’re hiring from a reputable company such as ldncranehire.co.uk they will be able to advise you on the latest standards and guidelines and provide relevant advice where required. Remember, if you do not adhere to the required standards then the crane hire operator is highly unlikely to carry out the lift for you.

Be sure to make enquiries if you’re unsure about the type of crane required, the crane hire company won’t be liable if you order the wrong equipment to the site, and you will likely still have to pay at least part of the fee.

A good hire company will be able to assess your needs and advise on the best machine for your requirements if you give them detailed information over the phone, otherwise it may be worth having an on-site survey performed – it’s better to pay a little extra to get the right machinery, than pay out for something which will not suit your needs.

Web Development

Web development is big business, it is used to develop websites and online applications, every time you browse the internet you are using multiple examples of “web development” even this website you’re reading right now used web development to get it online!

Although the terms are often used together, or in place of each other, web development should not be confused with web design, likewise, search engine optimisation, whilst linked, is not the same. – web design is the art of physically designing a website, the images and the look of the website, whilst the web development part of the process puts the website together and makes it work. Search engine optimisation does what it says – optimises the website for search engines, to encourage better rankings.

Do you use Google or Bing to search for the answer to questions, or to find a website covering a topic you’re interested in? If so, you’re reaping the rewards of thousands of hours of web development time, not only the website itself, but the workings behind the scenes, the databases, the scripts and the calculations that take place in order to serve you the most relevant accurate results possible all take place because of web development.

Ever used a website to find out when your favourite game is being released, or to organise matches with friends, or even play in Online Fifa Leagues? Those websites have had countless hours of development put into them too!

If you’re an amatuer when it comes to web development, there are many systems out there which take out all of the hard work – one such system is WordPress (this website is built using WordPress). With thousands of pre-built themes, and plugins to add any functionality you could think of, you can have a website up and running out of the box within a couple of hours from start to finish.

If you choose to build a website using WordPress you have a choice to make – WordPress.org or WordPress.com. What’s the difference? I hear you ask!

Simply put, WordPress.com is slightly simpler to use, however, it is a hosted solution, you will need to host your website over on WordPress.com and if you wish to use a domain name you own, you’ll need to pay them extra. Some plugins are included for free, as are a selection of themes, however if you wish to use custom plugins or themes you would need to pay extra again.

WordPress.org can be used on any webhost (as long as it supports the minumum requirements – PHP 5.6 and MySQL 5.6, we strongly recommend that mod_rewrite is also supported) and has no restrictions on which plugins or themes can be used, you will also be encouraged to use a custom domain name as with any standalone hosting, so you will not be stuck with the WordPress.com domain.

Should you decide to go with WordPress.com and switch to WordPress.org down the line, you should note that whilst moving your posts and images is easy enough, it’s trickier to move custom themes and plugins, and you may need to manually install these and configure them to look like your old WordPress.com hosted website.

So you’ve chosen WordPress as your website’s platform – either .com or .org, you now need to install a theme (or go with the default!) and add your content.

WordPress has 2 main content types, “pages” and “posts”. I’ll quickly explain the differences between the two so you can decide which is more suitable for your requirements.

A page;

A page in WordPress is basically what it says on the tin, we generally use these for the main pages such as About us, Contact Us, Home etc – these are static pages and would not show up in a blog or news feed.

A post;

Posts should be used for news style content, for example announcements, industry news, random musings, all of your posts will show up on your “posts” page in a blog style format, you can then click on these posts to read the full post.

Once you’ve added your posts and pages, your theme, and any plugins you wish to use, your basic website is complete, the actual web development involved was minimal, but why is this?

Well quite simply, the majority of the development work itself has been done by the team of coders who work on the WordPress core, WordPress themes and WordPress plugins – if you needed some form of custom functionality then you would need to get into the real gritty side of web development – writing custom code, and that is certainly a lot less achievable than setting up a basic WordPress website for most people.

So if you’re looking to develop a website from scratch, take a look at a pre-built content management system such as WordPress, Joomla or Drupal before you think about considering expensive custom development, you might be surprised just how versatile these systems are!

Product Development

When we hear the word development, we think about the technical side of things, whether it be web development, software development or application development, but did you know, development goes into almost everything around us from the food we eat, to the sofas we sit on, to the TVs we watch whilst sitting on our sofas, to ensuring we get the best dash cam video quality.

One local company has gone through multiple development processes when bringing their Smart TV Box to market. Talking to the head of marketing, he gave us an insight into exactly what was involved, and the various different development processes which came together to make the product what it is today.

“Firstly, we knew what we wanted to market, where we wanted to market it, but we weren’t set on the how” he said, continuing “We knew we wanted to retail Android TV boxes to the mass market, to do that we had to stand out from the crowd, and thats where the Starbox name was born.”

“The name itself was chosen and we knew we needed to develop a recognisable brand around the name, with the products themselves, our website, our stationery and invoices, and indeed our shop livery all going to feature the logo, we had to get it right”.

The guys over at DroidStar Electronics had a logo created by a professional team of designers, both for their DroidStar Electronics brand, and also the StarBox brand too.

“Next up, we had to do some work on the product itself, we worked with a trusted group of manufacturers we’ve used over the years to make sure the product was of the highest quality, and could be the best value for money possible”

So the business was born, with the product in production and the logos and brand rady to go, the next stage was to market the product.

“We have a team of in-house web-designers and developers so this part was fairly painless for us – we could create our vision exactly as we wanted it, and we soon had a website online accepting orders from across the globe”

Something that not all products and brands require, but DroidStar did, was a custom Android firmware for their TV boxes, this was also created in-house.

“We didn’t want our boxes to run a stock version of Android, we wanted our customers to feel the love we’d put into our product, all of our Starbox range runs a fully customised version of Android, with each new box we add to the range having the same level of development time put into it to ensure we keep everything truely StarBox”.

So to market a product, not only was product development involved, there was also brand development, website development, electronics development and Android development all required. We asked if knowing what they do now, they would do it all again.

“Absolutely – in fact, we’re still developing new models and Android versions, we’ve just re-developed our website, and we always have some exciting new projects in the pipeline too!”.