Picture the scene, me driving happily up the M6 on Friday evening on my way to the Network Gathering in Windermere this weekend, when all of a sudden â€“ disaster strikes!
*Dun dun dunnnnn*
Warning lights on the dashboard, engine starts to make funny noises, so I pull over into the Lancaster services. And then the car dies. Turn the key: nada. Its deceasedâ€¦ steam pouring from under the bonnet.
Some very kind gentlemen offers to lend me a hand pushing the car (I was blocking the slipway!) when to my embarrassment â€“ the Highway Patrol pull up! Being pushed into a parking spot followed by a jeep with lots of flashing lights onâ€¦ nice.
Anyway, 40 minutes later the AA pull up, the guy shoves some water into the engine, and off I toddle again. Make it about 2 miles down the road when it happens again! This time he decides its the head gasket that has gone, so off I go again, only this time being towed!
Arrive back in Poynton late on Friday night, and end up abandoning the car in the seediest part of Poynton Industrial Estate because the sodding garage is locked up for the weekend!
Cut to today, car goes into garage, I get told itâ€™ll cost Â£550 to repaid. Plus the insurance is due up â€“ another Â£1100. Bye bye all my money for uni for next term!