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    Quote Originally Posted by Sentry View Post
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    The m5 has an oil temp gauge in the cluster, so yes I absolutely do know what my oil temp is, and it absolutely does get up to temp during my storage startups.
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    But what do I know
    Well then fine.. But a lot of vehicles do not have oil temp gauges so my view still stands. If you don't have a oil temp gauge I wouldn't suggest running vehicles that are parked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masked Bandit View Post
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    So are you with Intact or Economical?
    Whoops, we call brokerlink and they deal with economical. We have so many policys with different company's I cant keep track anymore!

    Just received a call back, no mistake. $6 for work commute and $40 for the kms cut in half. Did not make the change as it's only a few dollars a month.

    Maskedbandit we should've swicthed when I spoke with you a couple months ago... you wouldnt even believe how badly they fucked up our house policy since we moved. I dont think I've heard so many "I'm sorry", from so many different people in one company.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firebane View Post
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    Well then fine.. But a lot of vehicles do not have oil temp gauges so my view still stands. If you don't have a oil temp gauge I wouldn't suggest running vehicles that are parked.
    My shitbox turbo mustang has none of these features, but if I follow the exact same idle, steady 3000rpm, redline routine why would it not also reach operating temp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sentry View Post
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    If it's being ACTUALLY stored, and not just turned into a "pleasure" vehicle instead of a commuter, start it once in a while. Get the oil moving, let the battery charge, let it get up to full temperature. Once a month I'll make myself some coffee, start the M5 and sit in it for a half hour and listen to a bit of music. It's good to remind me I still have it, otherwise it gets forgotten in the garage over winter. Also good to remind the neighbours and rev the piss out of it a bit.
    Do NOT, for the love of pete - start a vehicle in the winter if its stored. Idling will cause the oil to break down much faster with combustion by products - not to mention BMW and its oil-related issues (depending on your model) potentially adding to your woes. Carbon can build up in intake/combustion areas from excessive idling too. Nothing good happens to a vehicle from idling in a garage.

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    If you're legit storing it for months on end top up the tank and let it sit. I dont start anything until its ready to be driven on the highway and really brought up to operating temperatures. I also remove the batteries and bring them in the house rather then trickle charge them all winter. Or if I'm really lazy I just disconnect them. Come spring I'll throw the trickle charger on them a week before I'm bringing the cars out and I'm good to go.

    No winter starts, no fuel stabilizer, no other witchcraft.
    This - I store my summer cars (bikes when I had them) covered outside. Battery topped up with distilled water and then disconnected. I might throw a charger on them once during a winter chinook though.
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    On some engines though, it is a good idea to manually turn the crankshaft like a quarter or half turn every so often. That helps make sure pistons are in different positions and you're not holding certain valve springs compressed for months on end. So I've been told, anyway...
    dv/dt

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    If you change the oil prior to storing, do you guys still change the oil when its time to take her out? First time actually properly storing my car this winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mostwanted View Post
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    If you change the oil prior to storing, do you guys still change the oil when its time to take her out? First time actually properly storing my car this winter.
    Absolutely no need over one winter if you dont run the engine.

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    Man, I'm with Intact but my broker has been absolutely brutal to work with.
    Never responds to phone calls, and rarely replies back to e-mails at all. It's like pulling teeth and I never know if my requests or questions are answered. Is this a problem some of you guys see as well, or is my broker just terrible? I mean, I get a good price but I don't want to beg them to help me when I need something answered. It makes things worse when Intact says I should always try to contact my broker for help first and they are the only ones who can change stuff for me. Ugh.

    First world problem: I don't want to shop somewhere else because that is a huge re-quote process to do and I might not even get the same rate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Disoblige View Post
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    Man, I'm with Intact but my broker has been absolutely brutal to work with.
    Never responds to phone calls, and rarely replies back to e-mails at all. It's like pulling teeth and I never know if my requests or questions are answered. Is this a problem some of you guys see as well, or is my broker just terrible? I mean, I get a good price but I don't want to beg them to help me when I need something answered. It makes things worse when Intact says I should always try to contact my broker for help first and they are the only ones who can change stuff for me. Ugh.

    First world problem: I don't want to shop somewhere else because that is a huge re-quote process to do and I might not even get the same rate.
    Exactly the same crap were going through. Stuff that should take a couple hours is taking weeks. Ask to speak with another person and let them know you're having issues with your current person.

    They have really gone downhill over the last year.
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    I'm with Hub International and they have been great to deal with FWIW.
    dv/dt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disoblige View Post
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    Man, I'm with Intact but my broker has been absolutely brutal to work with.
    Never responds to phone calls, and rarely replies back to e-mails at all. It's like pulling teeth and I never know if my requests or questions are answered. Is this a problem some of you guys see as well, or is my broker just terrible? I mean, I get a good price but I don't want to beg them to help me when I need something answered. It makes things worse when Intact says I should always try to contact my broker for help first and they are the only ones who can change stuff for me. Ugh.

    First world problem: I don't want to shop somewhere else because that is a huge re-quote process to do and I might not even get the same rate.
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    Exactly the same crap were going through. Stuff that should take a couple hours is taking weeks. Ask to speak with another person and let them know you're having issues with your current person.

    They have really gone downhill over the last year.

    Are we talking Intact or Brokerlink here? Intact is the underwriting insurance company and Brokerlink is a "broker" (sort of) that is owned by Intact?

    I say Brokerlink is only sort of a broker because being owned by Intact that's where most of their policies end up (duh).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mostwanted View Post
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    If you change the oil prior to storing, do you guys still change the oil when its time to take her out? First time actually properly storing my car this winter.
    Curious, why would one change the oil prior to storing and not after?

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    Shouldn't we be expecting insurance rates to drop due to fewer people driving during the pandemic and thus fewer claims & accidents?
    My stack of bills just arrived in the mail for May and I'm wondering when they will reassess rates.
    Probably not until 2021, right? I'm tempted to not put a full year on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePenIsMightier View Post
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    Shouldn't we be expecting insurance rates to drop due to fewer people driving during the pandemic and thus fewer claims & accidents?
    My stack of bills just arrived in the mail for May and I'm wondering when they will reassess rates.
    Probably not until 2021, right? I'm tempted to not put a full year on...
    Auto insurance premiums are adjusted based on 3-5 year rolling claims costs trends. A 3-6 month blip on vehicle usage isn't going to change base rates long term. Truth be told this might actually make premiums WORSE long term because during times of financial hardship the rate & severity of fraudulent claims goes way up. Add to that the fact that insurance companies make most of their profits from investment income and not from underwriting the actual policies and prices might actually go up long term, not down.

    Who knows though, this industry is a dumpster fire right now anyway, might as well throw a can of gas on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Masked Bandit View Post
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    Auto insurance premiums are adjusted based on 3-5 year rolling claims costs trends. A 3-6 month blip on vehicle usage isn't going to change base rates long term. Truth be told this might actually make premiums WORSE long term because during times of financial hardship the rate & severity of fraudulent claims goes way up. Add to that the fact that insurance companies make most of their profits from investment income and not from underwriting the actual policies and prices might actually go up long term, not down.

    Who knows though, this industry is a dumpster fire right now anyway, might as well throw a can of gas on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Masked Bandit View Post
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    Are we talking Intact or Brokerlink here? Intact is the underwriting insurance company and Brokerlink is a "broker" (sort of) that is owned by Intact?

    I say Brokerlink is only sort of a broker because being owned by Intact that's where most of their policies end up (duh).
    I am talking about my broker specifically. But did not want to name them publicly.
    I don't have an issue with Intact, but the problem is that I cannot change any of what I want without going through my broker. Phone number change, address change, insurance change, it all needs to go through my broker as Intact can't do shit for me directly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disoblige View Post
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    I am talking about my broker specifically. But did not want to name them publicly.
    I don't have an issue with Intact, but the problem is that I cannot change any of what I want without going through my broker. Phone number change, address change, insurance change, it all needs to go through my broker as Intact can't do shit for me directly.
    Yep, that's how it's supposed to work, trust me you want that filter between yourself and the underwriters. If the broker isn't helping you out then you should look to change them out, either with a different staff member at that firm or a different firm all together.
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    My issue is with brokerlink, was confused there for a second they called back this morning and number came up "intact"...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonytiger55 View Post
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    Curious, why would one change the oil prior to storing and not after?
    More applies to long term storage (3-5 years) but some feel that used oil is more acidic than new and having that around (even sitting in the pan) can be a bad thing long term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    Disagree. Keep the battery charged and that's it.
    Charge your batteries people :
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