Tuesday, August 20, 2019

There is a common saying that bad luck comes in threes...

The kitchen sink drama, Sue's cancer and now my car is off the road and in for repairs.
Last week as I reversed into a driveway there was a terrible screeching sound. Not good and I assumed it might have something to do with the knocking noise I could hear from beneath the car. I booked the car in and a day off assuming some minor repairs. I drove around slowly and at times very cagily and then I noticed the oil leak from the nearside rear wheel yesterday. Car in today and the following needs to be done.
New clutch.
Offside rear shock leaking fluid.
Front drive shaft needs replacing.

In total, very expensive and I am lucky to have not encountered other problems this past week as I drove about Lincolnshire. I need the car for work so repairs are on going and my booked one day off is now two days as I use another precious annual leave day off. The good news for the latter is that I provided the evidence required to obtain extra annual leave as I have worked over twenty years in the NHS. Oddly enough I am not complaining about the costs but I am unhappy at having to book days off, move patients around and worry that I am letting the team down. However, better that than I suffer a breakdown miles from home and end up having several days off. In other news but related, aren't the roads dreadful. Pot holes, poor or inadequate repairs or roads not repaired at all. Given the recent changes to road tax, taxes on fuel, VAT on nearly everything...where is the money going (rhetorical question, I know it's being wasted on all sorts apart from the necessary repairs to the roads)? The car is over ten years old but is low mileage at 63k but it will need replacing next year for a younger and more economical model. Possibly a SUV or a 4x4 given the rural nature of much of my driving. I had considered a small car but the smallest 4x4 is a Fiat Panda and I have no desire to spend my days crammed into a tiny car with a poor reputation for reliability. What has grabbed my attention is this...

I'm not considering buying a new car until next year and the Dacia Duster has caught my eye. A two year old diesel might just do the trick and from some recent intensive research if I buy a 2017 model it will come under the old road tax system, so even cheaper.  The other advantage of the Dacia is that both Sue and I can just step into the car instead of having to contort ourselves to access the current car. At our age we have to consider our comfort! The Dacia Sandero Stepway doesn't look too bad either and is cheaper although not a 4x4 but it is also raised higher off the ground.

The model buying is now very much on the back burner but I have enough kits to last me at least a year if not two. I tend to build at weekends anyway and I am mindful that as much as I like building models, there is more to life and getting out and about more is very much on my mind. As Scott noted, I have become a collector and the reality is that I buy kits to build. I want to avoid being a modeller who collects a large stash of kits which will be sold off by relatives when I eventually pop my clogs. There are some mad buggers in the modelling world and some of the pictures of rooms full of unbuilt kits, upwards of thousands is a good indicator of the extent of that madness. Happily I am a novice with only 50 kits in the stash and several of those are figures to go into dioramas. The above photo shows many of them although the others are stashed elsewhere and are mainly smaller aircraft.



Blogger Scoakat said...

D'oh! Kicked when your already down, I'm sorry to hear. Maybe she'll go forever after all the repairs, you never know. Otherwise, we favor the toyotas, but the car market there is surely very different than here. But I know I've written about getting the SUV-style cars that are much higher, probably about 9 or 10 years ago when I first got one. I'll probably never buy a lower profile car again, I think you'll like it, too.

And just a second - 50 kits? That's one a week over a year, one every two weeks for two years. Yes, you are set for a while, and perhaps a collector-to-build, but you are no longer a novice! :)

11:05 pm  
Blogger Scoakat said...

I just re-read that. I was talking about the car repairs in that third sentence. Cheers, Sue!

11:07 pm  
Anonymous Blue Witch said...

Well, that's the three then. Good.

Our experience (and that of others we know) accords with Scoakat's: Toyotas are the most reliable and need least doing of all cars. Mr BW's has now done 43K in 7 years and yesterday needed its first anything (and it wasn't an MOT failure, just an advisory, so didn't have to be done): brake pads and discs.

That said, we looked at a Skoda Yeti 4wd when we nearly bought the Northumberland house (at the time it was the smallest most economical 4wd). Not the most aesthetically pleasing of shapes, but huge capacity for carry stuff, and drove nicely. It's recently been replaced with another named model, so there could be bargains around: now or later.

8:48 am  
Blogger delcatto said...

Thanks folks.
You made me chuckle Scott about her going forever.
Yes, a higher SUV and it doesn't necessarily have to be 4x4. Ease of access and ground clearance is what is needed.
I will have a look at the Skoda Yeti BW, I hadn't considered that.

10:52 am  

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