The Grumpy Git

Educating and inspiring people to hold firms to account and seek redress based on consumer rights.

Motorist beats speeding fine on temporary roadworks

MOTORIST BEATS SPEEDING FINE ON TEMPORARY ROADWORKS BACKGROUND The background to this case is that a motorist was on his way to work on the M5 and was allegedly caught speeding through temporary roadworks. He was adamant that he wasn’t speeding as he had his car set...

Obscured Road Signs

https://youtu.be/WrePt3AhHw8 How to respond to obscured road signs and understand your rights if you are prosecuted as a result of an obscured road sign.

Warranties – what you need to know

WARRANTIES - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW A common question was posed to me after the Daily Mail feature that I took part in here which is worth looking at in a blog. BACKGROUND The question was; "I bought a second-hand car in October 2018 and it has been a nightmare. I paid...

Private parking tickets – what you need to know

PRIVATE PARKING TICKETS - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW  I know that this is a hot topic and a bone of contention with every motorist, so I thought I would write about some top tips on how to get these cancelled. This is an unregulated industry that revolves around contract...

Car problems and warranties – what to look out for

CAR PROBLEMS AND WARRANTIES - WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR An interesting case came to light on Twitter at the time of writing this which I thought would be worth covering in a blog. He tagged in Hyundai and Evans Halshaw, it travelled far and wide and caught my attention....

What I Do

Are you fed up of being fobbed off when you have a legitimate complaint?

Do you simply think it’s the way of the world and there is nothing you can do about it? Think again!

I can show you how to effectively complain to get fast results and good compensation with the minimum of effort and fuss on your part. This isn’t about complaining for the sake of it – this is about effectively complaining to hold individuals and firms to account, seek redress, raise standards and improve customer service for everyone.

My book spans 7 consumer laws including the Consumer Rights Act 2015, the General Data Protection Regulation Act (“GDPR”) 2018, Freedom of Information Act, Small Claims, the Misrepresentation Act 1967, the role of the Ombudsman and various aspects of the Road Traffic Act including pothole claims, parking tickets, speeding offences, car hire contracts and other motoring scenarios over 3 jurisdictions namely the Isle of Man, Scotland and England and Wales.

Throughout the book I refer to real life cases and give you all the tools you need to win disputes. There are templates and guidance on legislation to seal your case from the outset and secure a quick resolution in your favour.

This second edition has been updated to the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation Act 2018 (“GDPR”), which has replaced the Data Protection Act 1998 (2002 in the Isle of Man).

So who am I?  My name is Scott Dixon and I am from Prudhoe, Northumberland via the Isle of Man and now live in Edinburgh.

My writing journey began in 2011 where I wrote a blog to encapsulate a fly / drive holiday in the Shetland Isles, which was published by the Shetland Islands Tourist Board to promote the Islands as a holiday destination.​

I received good feedback from a blog that only took about 30 minutes to write, and people said that I should be a travel writer and that I have a natural flair. I didn’t really think much of it until the idea came to mind about various bad and unique consumer experiences that I have had over the years that could fill a book. I made a start doing just that in October 2015, the book is called​, unsurprisingly, HOW TO COMPLAIN  – THE CONSUMER GUIDE TO RESOLVE COMPLAINTS AND MOTORING DISPUTES

This consumer book was found and read by BBC Radio Scotland and I was interviewed in April 2019 for their five-part series on consumer issues (Clever about Cash) which was broadcast in May 2019. I was interviewed by the Daily Mail in May 2019 and took part in a feature on ordinary people who have become consumer champions.​

The biggest pay-out on a claim so far is £23K from one reader with regular four figure sums being claimed by others every week.​

My restaurant reviews can be found on TripAdvisor where my attention to detail is second to none and I have articulated my experiences with honest appraisals that have been viewed by over 45,000 readers. My profile is ‘awriterinedinburgh’.​

I have also written blogs for other publishers, bloggers and the travel industry and I can ghost write blogs for other writers.​

I have other books in the pipeline on different themes that I shall be publishing in the foreseeable future.​

Latest from the blog

Hays Travel flew to the rescue

Hays Travel flew to the rescue

Hays Travel flew to the rescue recently and saved 555 Thomas Cooks shops. John and Irene Hays were meant to be in Japan watching the Rugby World Cup. Instead they found themselves competing against two other bidders for the shops to salvage what was left of the...

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Why it is important to use good manners

Why it is important to use good manners

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO USE GOOD MANNERS One thing that was always instilled in to me as a child was to say 'please' and 'thank you'. I would be surprised if my upbringing was unique in that respect, so why is it so rare for people to actually do it nowadays? This has...

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Motorist beats speeding fine on temporary roadworks

Motorist beats speeding fine on temporary roadworks

MOTORIST BEATS SPEEDING FINE ON TEMPORARY ROADWORKS BACKGROUND The background to this case is that a motorist was on his way to work on the M5 and was allegedly caught speeding through temporary roadworks. He was adamant that he wasn’t speeding as he had his car set...

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