Today's theme – broken cars
Broken cars seem to be the order of the day.
Yesterday my car had what can only be described as a smokers cough in the morning – wheezed itself into life with a weary kind of mood. So I thought "that doesn't sound too good". It repeated itself in the evening on the way home so I resolved to head to the garage this lunchtime and get it looked at (i suspected either a dying battery, spark plugs or alternator).
Unfortunately the thing wouldn't start at all this morning – the dying battery had become a dead battery (it's not dead – it's pining for the …. (insert end to gag here!)).
The AA were very helpful, though I had to upgrade my cover to homestart which cost an extra £50. Whereas I used to live in a house with a friendly garage at the end of the street (btw – if you want a good reliable garage who don't cost the earth try Tyreman in Warwick) who would fix anything at v. short notice I now live about 5 miles from the nearest garage. I guess Homestart is going to be worth the money.
The AA man replaced the battery and got me to work. I hope it starts with no problem this evening…
It seems that the battery was the original one – which would make it about 9 years old. This may explain a few things – sluggish cold morning starts etc.
What's really annoying is I only want the car to work for 2 more months, then I want to sell it and buy Stephs car from her. So another £100 into the damn thing is a real pain.
BTW - don't let the above put you off – I have a lovely Renault up for grabs in October – perfect in every way ;-) – just don't ask the Comms Office about the odd late morning (cough, cough!).