I was looking forward to a cheering lunch of very delicious local salami and salad after getting my duties done this morning. Alas and alack and all that. Intending to take the car a few miles down the road to make sure the battery was charging ok, friend with jump leads following in his car in case there was a problem. It didn’t get as far as that. The car started all right but stopped within ten seconds, before I’d even put it in gear. The warning light had not been showing. The electrics were quite dead. Mike put the jump leads on his battery and I started it again – all seemed fine until he removed them, then zero.
Now, as you know I’m a sensible and provident Z, rarely caught without my belt, braces and a length of bailer twine just in case, and my insurance policy breakdown cover included a home start. In addition, I’ve only had this car since July and I’m covered by a 6-month warranty. So I phoned about that first. I knew that, if it’s just the battery, I’d not be covered, but I wanted to establish the right procedure. And the woman was very helpful, agreed that it could be taken to my local garage not their designated one in Norwich and suggested I phone my breakdown people, though I would be covered for up to £50 call-out if it was needed. The other call centre woman was equally helpful and I’m waiting for the breakdown people to come now. I assured them there was no hurry, not at the side of the road in a distressed damsel situation. Russell took me to my garage and I’ve explained there and I’ve just had another phone call to say the breakdown chappie is on the way now.
A bit of a nuisance in that I’m going to Aldeburgh tomorrow for lunch and a lecture on Britten’s operas, but I’ll have to borrow R’s van, little as I like driving it (and little as he wants to be without it) because he’s got an engagement on in the afternoon, otherwise I’d see if he could come for lunch too. He’d be bored silly by the lecture, he has no interest in music at all and less knowledge.
I’m taking it as a very lucky occurrence – that it happened here and now, that is. What a pain that would have been if it had happened on the way to Aldeburgh. And the dear car gave me a little warning, so it wasn’t completely out of the blue.
Just had another call – breakdown van here in a minute.