Rant n’ Ride Special – Two Men Went To Mow

This is a new segment we hope to be doing more of. We get angry, you see? We get angry about cars. It’s because we care. And we rant, oh how we rant. And when we rant, we like to go on a little drive to blow off some steam. This coincided with us needing to go pick up Andrew’s latest vehicle – a lawn tractor. What’s got our manties in a twist at the moment? Well, a few things but mainly the Fiat Fullback pickup truck which is a poor showing from the usually creative and exciting FCA.

Fiat’s UK Pickup Truck May Be A Fullback, But It’s Utterly Half Arsed

I don’t need to test drive, buy, or conduct an owner’s report to tell you the Fiat Full Back is a dirty mark on an otherwise remarkable portfolio from FCA — and it’s got nothing to do with how good a truck it actually is. Continue reading Fiat’s UK Pickup Truck May Be A Fullback, But It’s Utterly Half Arsed

Now I Understand The Numbers, I Regret Every Penny I’ve Spent On Cars.

During our last episode of Men In Sheds, we covered the topic of car finance and why, what looks like hedonistic automotive freedom, is actually a horrible trap that locks you into a brand. I have to admit complete ignorance to this world before Andrew and I sat down for a cup of tea the week before and he explained it all to me.

I’m not a foolish man with money, not any more. However, when I left school, I was financially illiterate, and I think many of us are. I left college in 1998, walked into my first job, and was on the initial wave of the easy loans and credit card bombardment phase of that era. I made a lot of terrible financial decisions which I’ll get back to later in this piece.

Continue reading Now I Understand The Numbers, I Regret Every Penny I’ve Spent On Cars.

Episode 15 – Part 3 – Manufacturer Charging Networks; Why We Should Be Very Worried

It’s easy to skip around high-fiving each other about the electric car revolution. We finally get to enjoy driving without feeling like Mr Burns again. Sadly, for every business person who sees a chance to change the world, there’s ten more who spy an opportunity to fleece us. Oil, as environmentally unfriendly as it is, does come with the benefit of effectively being “open source”. Electricity isn’t like that and there’s all kinds of sneaky ways we think car manufacturers can abuse the charging networks they own to further their monopolies.

Episode 15 – Part 2 – Car Finance Isn’t Freedom – Here’s What Ya Could’a Bought

We know that feeling when you look at all the hard earned your car is sucking out of your bank account and you wander by a dealer forecourt telling you a few bob a month will see you in something new. Stop right there. We explain why car finance is a trap and play a little game of “Here’s what you could’a bought” which should have you running to the classifieds ready to invest in a classic.

Episode 15 – Part 1 – Backfired; Stolen Cars, Police Chases, & Near Misses

Look, we’re going to come clean here, we haven’t had time to do our history homework for this episode, so we’ve relegated to telling a few stories from our automotive past. We’re calling this segment Backfired since this isn’t just stupid car stories anymore. We’ve got a few tall tales from random suspension failures while hoofing down lanes to being in a police car chase with the roles completely reversed.

Episode 15 – Car Finance Isn’t Freedom

We know that feeling when you look at all the hard earned your car is sucking out of your bank account and you wander by a dealer forecourt telling you a few bob a month will see you in something new. Stop right there. We explain why car finance is a trap and play a little game of “Here’s what you could’a bought” which should have you running to the classifieds ready to invest in a classic. Before we get into that though, we reminisce a little with a new segment of Backfired and flash forward to a possible dystopian future of manufacturer charging networks.

Episode 14 – Part 4 – Tesla Semi & The Electric Car Tuning Scene

So it turns out Elon Musk has been secretly nurturing a semi that he’s very proud to soon show us all. We don’t know what a Tesla semi truck will entail but we have a lot of reservations over just how many roles automation can realistically take over. Truck drivers do a lot more than people think. We also report back on our research into the electric car tuning scene with mixed results. Either way, how does lots more power with zero drawbacks sound to you?

Episode 14 – Part 3 – Car News & Corrections April 2016

SO. MUCH. NEWS. Lots has happened recently and theres some stuff worth taking note of if you’re in the UK. Speeding fines are going to be wage based as of next week. As much as 175% if you’re particularly stupid. There’s an update on Dieselgate and there’s no getting away from discussing the new Challenger SRT Demon and Cherokee Trackhawk – a 1500bhp garage with just two family production cars.

There’s some corrections too regarding the Nissan Pike Cars and 3.5ton truck brand confusion. We’re trying our best. Keep in mind we tend to make mistakes faster than we can correct the previous ones.

Episode 14 – Part 2 – Potters Spotted April 2016

We’ve had a huge backlog of cars we’ve spotted around The Potteries over the past month and thought we’d better give them all a mention. We’ve seen all sorts from little Nissan Figaros to the possibly mammoth Tesla Model-X. Chris saw something that had him borderline braying like a horse while Andrew was snuck up on by something very unexpected. We’ve been taking photos where we can too. They’re in this vid but you can also look up “thosemeninsheds” on instagram for more.