Month: January 2014

January 31, 2014
I have my new car – I put a deposit down on Tuesday, and picked it up today.

Very similar to my old car – same body shape and layout, same engine and semi-automatic gearbox. It does have the Modutop that I originally coveted, but didn’t get with my last car. This has non-opening glass panels in the roof, together with additional overhead storage compartments, and airconditioning vents for the rear seat passengers. Together with the airline-style seat trays, one might expect an air steward to appear halfway through the journey.

January 24, 2014
Car is a write off, no question about it. However, all 3 cars involved are insured with the same insurer, and it looks like this may get the claim settled quickly. Also, reading through the paperwork of my original purchase, I discovered that they had thrown in GAP insurance cover, which should top up my insurance to the original purchase price.

Meanwhile, I have discovered that the showroom where I originally bought the car has a similar model, albeit with slightly better features, available as an ex-demo. Once I know that the insurance is going to pay, I plan to move on that; rather than wait for the payout, as it is too good a bargain to miss.

January 20, 2014
So on Saturday, while visiting brother and sis-in-law in Chingford, we went up town to have a meal and see a show. We got back latish, and then stayed up for a while before going to bed.

At 2am, my brother heard a crash outside, and sis-in-law woke me up. A car had piled round the corner of my brother’s road (and the brow of a hill), lost control and went straight into the back of my car. Fortunately no-one was badly injured – merely seat belt bruising – but my car was shunted 8 feet, half way across the pavement, and into a neighbours car.