Yesterday’s chaos finally came to an end at 6pm when my hire car was delivered. Not my first choice but I needed a large car, and this is what I got. A Vauxhall Zafira Tourer SRI Turbo 7 Seater. Enough room for us and the dogs and everything else we have with us when out and about, usually dog stuff as they can be high maintenance LOL. Not the worst car, but it’s not my lovely X-Trail. Drives well, and is very nippy, but that could be due to it being petrol and having a turbo. My X-Trail is black and inside is all black and chrome and privacy glass and tinted front screen, so inside it is quite calm and low light, but the hire car has standard glass, and there’s bloody tones of the stuff. My car has a double privacy glass retractable roof, and the hire one does not, and it still streams in more light than the sun can pump out. One thing I cant get used to is the missing items I have use of every day like rain detection windscreen wipers, automatic light, touch button parking brake which disables when I go to pull away, the hire car is manual lights (when I eventually found them) manual windscreen wipers whos controls are backwards to all other cars, and a handbrake that I keep forgetting is there when I get in and go to pull away and the car does not move. I am nitpicking really as it will get us all from A to B and I should only have it for a week or two. I just miss the comfort and lazy modern man’s tech and gadgets I have in my car.
However, above all, yesterday is now in the distant past and all the car troubles can now stay there, in the past.
Things happen when you are on holiday, it is inevitable, but usually, it is something small, like being charged for something you did not have (bread on table in Europe), or having a meal that you did not really enjoy (that was my lunch yesterday), but sometimes it is something really big, like missing a flight, losing luggage, but since we drove here that has not happened, but this did…
Yes, on Tuesday something hit my bumper, stoved it in and scratched and cracked the bodywork below the lights and took the trim off from around the driver’s side wheel. So needless to say, I was not a happy bunny.
Even though it does not look like much it will cost thousands of pounds to get back to new as apart from the new parts including the front bodywork and bumper moulding, the paintwork needs doing, body clips need replacing, everything needs realigning. I spoke to my insurance yesterday and they said they would sort it out and I only have to pay my excess which came as a relief. My car is a Nissan X-Trail T32 2017, so only 1 year and 5 months old, so I am sure you could imagine how pissed off I was with it, but what can you do.
Back in 2009 I had just bought a Peugeot Sports and had it all of a week when someone went the wrong way in my work carpark and tore the whole back end off it. Luckily there were witnesses and van driver who did it was working at the office next door. I gave the insurance all the details and the witnesses contacted them too, but the guy denied it all, even though his red paint matched that all over my car. The insurance fixed it and went after him as they had lots of evidence, but he denied it all the way to the end, his insurance buckled and paid out in the end.
Oh well, onwards and upwards as the saying goes.
First Service of my car, it seems like only yesterday when we bought the car, but a Year has passed in what seems like the blink of an eye.
The weather outside is shockingly cold and the ice like winds off the river would freeze the most hardy of people. So with that I have decided to sit in the showroom and wait for the hour or so to pass in the warmth with a cup of black decaf coffee, thankfully I have my kindle and they have WiFi here too, so all good.
One of the things I dislike about being here is that I see brand new cars and want to get a new one. That is what happened last year. I was looking at the latest X-Trail and quite honestly drooling over it as it was gorgeous. My car at the time was only two years old, in perfect condition and was a great car, but temptation took over and a few days later I drove out the showroom with a brand new X-Trail. Obviously I’d love a new one but we are going to keep this one for now, but mid to late next year we will look at getting a new one.