The Grumpy Git

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

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 – what you need to know

This is what you need to know about the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and how to apply it to reinforce your legal rights. It is a common myth that you only have 30 days grace to act, whereas the 30-day rule applies to rejecting the goods and does not affect your rights....

Parking apps problems and your consumer rights

Councils and private parking operators are forcing motorists to use parking apps with no other option to pay. Parking apps are not foolproof and come with various problems. Accessing an app with a reliable mobile phone signal is not guaranteed, especially in...

Top motoring money saving tips that really work

Running a car has never been more expensive. With fuel prices at record highs, saving money wherever you can is more important now than ever before. Here are my top motoring money saving tips, and some of these won’t cost you a penny. Look for the arrow on the fuel...

How to successfully appeal a parking ticket with free template letter

HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY APPEAL A PARKING TICKET Parking tickets are a nuisance. Some are issued fairly and many are not. You need to prove your case on the balance of probabilities and beyond reasonable doubt to successfully appeal a parking ticket. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE...

My Year in Review – 2021 into 2022

Well, 2021 has been quite a year! My profile shot through the roof overnight when I was featured in the Daily Mail as 1 of 5 of the top consumer champions in the UK. I am seen as a go-to expert now for many journalists, local and national radio stations and the media...

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.

I am one of the top 5 Consumer Champions in the UK as featured on BBC Radio Scotland, Daily Mail, The Sun, The Sunday Post and the Daily Telegraph. I am a consumer expert on general consumer issues and I specialise in motoring disputes.

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 as 1 of the top 5 Consumer Champions in the UK.

The biggest pay-out on a claim so far is £23,000 from one reader with regular four figure sums being claimed by others every week.​

Are you struggling to resolve a complaint? If so, I can help. I have many years of successfully resolving complaints and disputes under my belt. As a consumer expert, I know how to easily crack the most difficult of consumer issues and motoring disputes and get results every time.

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 55,000 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

Parking apps problems and your consumer rights

Councils and private parking operators are forcing motorists to use parking apps with no other option to pay. Parking apps are not foolproof and come with various problems. Accessing an app with a reliable mobile phone signal is not guaranteed, especially in...

read more
Top motoring money saving tips that really work

Top motoring money saving tips that really work

Running a car has never been more expensive. With fuel prices at record highs, saving money wherever you can is more important now than ever before. Here are my top motoring money saving tips, and some of these won’t cost you a penny. Look for the arrow on the fuel...

read more

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