I’ve just spent some of today going round to different garages and getting quotes for the work on my car. And the news isn’t good..
This is for the MOT work:
Front bush thing: £167
Other ‘bits’: £60
The car also needs a new alternator at £165. I discovered this when it died on me this afternoon. I’d just been to a garage to get a quote and it wouldn’t start again. Battery is fine. But the alternator is buggered. AND it needs a new clutch. Though I might have a month or so left on the clutch, it will still need doing. I’ve been quoted £680 to do all the work apart from the clutch. The car was bought for £350 (plus some new tyres). Altogether it will need about £800 spending on it. Then on driving back from the garage, the indicators started to go funny and not ‘click’.. I think it might be time to say goodbye to my lovely baby and go and buy a new car…
I could go to a scrapyard for the Alternator. But how much would that save me? About £130 (when I figure in paying for labour to fit it). That still means I have to spend £670 on the car. And that’s about the limit of my savings at the moment.
So I have a car that won’t start without jump leads, a squeaky clutch and about a week and a half to either get a new car, sell this one or get it fixed. (the current MOT runs out on 3rd August). K has offered to let me use her car in the meantime.. though I’m only covered on her car as MY insurance is fully comprehensive. And if I don’t have a car, I don’t want to pay for insurance!
Decisions decisions…. and DOUBLE BUGGER!!