Remote working engineer assessors

Welcome to the Desktop Team

Growth for the Desktop Engineering Team Lockdown & tier restrictions have had one positive effect on Laird insofar as we’ve seen an increasing number of clients taking advantage of the various digital ways of providing automotive reports & other solutions.  The most obvious is the desktop report; whilst working & effective since the early Nineties,…

ik Ellis & Niki Harbron Laird Assessors

A Decade for Nikki

We re delighted to celebrate (virtually) one of our finest engineers, Nikki Harbron, for reaching their 10th year anniversary with Laird. On behalf of everyone at Laird we would like to share our huge congratulations and thanks to Nikki for a decade of hard work, development with a few laughs along the way. This week…

Remote assessment

Virtual Car Examinations

By Nik Ellis Experts have transitioned towards virtual examinations through video calls and video conferencing rather than face to face appointments. But what are both the positive and negative effects of virtual assessments? We’ve been rattling on about virtual examinations since we helped BT trial their RVI (Remote Video Inspections) system back in 1995.  We…

Classic Estate cars

Modern Classics: Iconic Estate Cars

By Jonathan Mitchell Modern Classic Estate Cars It’s hard to believe when you look at the new car market today (just take BMW’s recent announcement of the new M3 Touring for example), that there was a time, not that long ago, when estate cars were the exclusive reserve of the sensible, practical and dare I…

Classic car inspection

What constitutes a classic car?

Left of Centre or Leave of Senses? What constitutes a classic car? If you were to take HMRC’s definition to the letter, then for tax purposes, it’s any car that is worth more than £15,000 and over 15 years old.  Meanwhile, the DVLA deems any car built over 40 years ago to be a ‘historic…

Fast Ford Frenzy

Classic Fords It’s a gloomy October morning as I write this. It’s dark, cold, and raining. Most of the country is back in an extended lockdown (pick a number between one and…..), the pubs are (mostly) closed, the politicians are arguing (again), unemployment is at an all time high, and you can’t go into a…