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cars and garages - Fri, 18 Apr 2008 20:02:37 GMT

Well, as you all know, I'm supposed to be starting my new job on the 6th of May. It takes 90 minutes by bus or 75 minutes by train to travel 11 miles. To me, that's mad. So...as you may or may not know...I was looking for a car. Casually, I asked a lad at wrk (Colin) if he was selling his, jokingly! Anyway, to my surprise, Colin said he was looking to sell it and buy a new one; he wanted a Citroen C3 (I think). Anyway, there was some work to be done on it, the indicator didn't work properly and the airbag was whinging about something or other and the Citroen garage in Wolverhampton said it would be about 200 quid to fix. OK we thought, Colin said he would knock his price down that amount and Ill buy it from him. We booked it in later that day, low and behold, the price had jumped from 200 to 900 quid! I thought 'what the hell?!' and rang the garage myself. Basically they said, they had taken it apart, diagnosed it needed a complete new airbag system, new central locking and a new indicator, they said they had mis-quoted us for the wrong parts. I told Colin, I wouldn't be able to afford it which ticked him off something chronic having put a deposit down for his new car and everything, theyy said they would have to charge him 85 quid just for looking at it! I rang the garage and told them to forget all of the odd bits like the new aerial, hub cap etc, I'll do that myself (not be averse to tinkering with cars). The woman said, it would still cost 495 quid. I got off the phone and spoke to Colin again and suggested I pay 200 as before and he pays the rest. Being the fantastic catch that he is, he agreed and we booked Chutney (his name for the car not mine) in to be done. Midway through the day, we had heard nothing and Colin needed the car this evening to get to Coventry. The woman at Citroen assured me it would be done and they would halve the inspection cost if we booked it in. Colin went bollistic with them, he needed the car and they still hadn't done it come 16:00. That in mind, Colin went off on one. To cut a long story short, not only did we get the repairs done, they came in a tenner under budget, we had the inspection fee halved, they fitted the new aerial for free, put a new remote locking unit in free and valeted it! How fantastic is that!? Maybe sometimes it pays to be arsey and persistent! All going to plan, i'll be driving my new car on Monday, I'll let you know how it all goes! I would like to point out, Colin, if you read this.... you're one in a million (shame you're straight)!


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