Its that time of year again, Perseus has gone into the garage for an MOT.
But wait, its worse than that. Over the past year I have been watching a crack in the windscreen slowly grow to a worrying size, so a windscreen replacement is needed. Also, as Pete can attest, my car has recently developed an all seasons passenger footbath... a leaking heater matrix gives you not just wet feet, but the antifreeze means you can use it all year round!
I had the windscreen replaced through insurance (elephant) at a mere Â£70 excess. I dropped it into Northcourt Garage yesterday, letting them know the problems I knew about. The agreed plan was to do the MOT then do a quote for the heater matrix.
They rang me back towards the end of yesterday. The car I thought was running okish apparently had:
- a damaged radial arm
- a hole in the exhaust, causing it to fail emissions at idle by an impressive 1600%
- a hole in the oil filter
- a handbrake not applying enough pressure on one wheel
The damage? around Â£500. But wait, it gets better.
That's not including the coolant leak that causes it to need topping up regularly and to overheat on relatively short trips (e.g. mine -> Pete's). That would be extra. However, the fact that if I drive too far my engine head will crack is apparently not a problem, MOT wise. And it will be expensive. Not the part, but teh fact that to get to the heater matrix you have to remove, well, the dashboard. Including the steering wheel.
As well as all this, in the last couple of years its had a petrol leak, a spark plug dethread itself and leave the engine and the other radial arm replaced.
So, basically, I'm going to be paying Â£500 for a car that overheats...
I have come to two conclusions:
1. Sell your car when it gets to 8-9 years old.
2. Need to talk to my brother about buying his car (he'll be posted soon, and has said it doesn't make much sense to leave a car sitting in a car park for months)