July 26, 2005

Today's theme – broken cars

Writing about Expensive holiday from Katy's blog

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!).

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  1. tom sharp

    I had the same issue a couple of years back. Moved to a flat in Leamington, car wouldn't start, got the AA out knowing full well i didn't have homestart, so blagged that i was just visiting a friend. The AA guy saw straight through it, but didn't seem too bothered. Turns out the battery was the original, so not surprising. Cars, who needs 'em? (ok, we all do…)

    27 Jul 2005, 08:58

  2. Steven Carpenter

    When our Focus died on holiday, we immediately joined the AA - it seemed a bit cheeky at first, but the Relay guy told me people do it all the the time – so long as they have the membership money, they are happy to come out as soon as your payment clears :-)

    02 Aug 2005, 11:13

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