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    • erictheonly1
    • By erictheonly1 10th Jun 17, 12:17 PM
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    Car Broken Down, No Cover
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    • 10th Jun 17, 12:17 PM
    Car Broken Down, No Cover 10th Jun 17 at 12:17 PM
    Hello

    My car recently broke down at work and I have no break down cover (i know). The fault with the vehicle sounds like it is a fuel injection issue as it turns over and it has power (and petrol), but it's just not going (similar thing happened 2 years ago).

    Now my place of work is 25 miles from my home and I would ideally like to move it to a garage local to my home if it cannot be repaired. I just want to ask those who have had a similar experience what the recommended course of action would be.
    Last edited by erictheonly1; 10-06-2017 at 12:17 PM. Reason: Spelling error.
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    • LeeUK
    • By LeeUK 10th Jun 17, 7:20 PM
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    Be pleased that you broke down at work with no breakdown cover and not on the hard shoulder of a busy motorway.

    Either the garage will recover it for you or look for someone local who recovers cars and delivers them to your garage of choice, whichever is cheapest.
    • Richard53
    • By Richard53 10th Jun 17, 10:49 PM
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    If you dont need the car for a few days, cant you join a breakdown service, then call them up middle of next week when you 'break down' at work?
    Originally posted by davemorton
    Most policies have a 48/72 HR before you can claim so why not give it a go.you would be just unfortunate to have a breakdown so soon on new policy
    Originally posted by gardner1
    Find a mate who has personal cover and get him to request his breakdown service to deal with it
    Originally posted by Quentin
    Just my opinion, but I think all these suggestions are unethical. You might get away with it, and probably will, but I wouldn't feel comfortable doing any of these.


    Pay a garage a few quid to collect it, and have a clear conscience.
    If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart. (Attrib. to Socrates)
    • LeeUK
    • By LeeUK 10th Jun 17, 11:03 PM
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    Just my opinion, but I think all these suggestions are unethical. You might get away with it, and probably will, but I wouldn't feel comfortable doing any of these.


    Pay a garage a few quid to collect it, and have a clear conscience.
    Originally posted by Richard53
    Half the money saving tips on MSE are unethical to start with anyway....
    • vikingaero
    • By vikingaero 11th Jun 17, 9:47 AM
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    Half the money saving tips on MSE are unethical to start with anyway....
    Originally posted by LeeUK
    Agree, I think it's immoral to join the New Zealand National Trust to visit UK National Trust properties, but plenty of people are happy to do so. But then again the NTUK and EH are stupid for allowing a loophole.
    The man without a signature.
    • Quentin
    • By Quentin 11th Jun 17, 10:01 AM
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    Agree, I think it's immoral to join the New Zealand National Trust to visit UK National Trust properties, but plenty of people are happy to do so. But then again the NTUK and EH are stupid for allowing a loophole.
    Originally posted by vikingaero
    What is and isn't "moral" in your eyes is pretty irrelevant - this is a money saving website!

    The example you give is pretty irrelevant too (in this thread).

    You can also visit National Trust for Scotland, National Trust of Jersey, National Trust of Guernsey,, Australia, Japan and lots more with a Heritage New Zealand card which looks to be the one you have a down on. Are you also telling us they are all stupid too?
    Last edited by Quentin; 11-06-2017 at 10:51 AM.
    • Richard53
    • By Richard53 11th Jun 17, 9:29 PM
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    Agree, I think it's immoral to join the New Zealand National Trust to visit UK National Trust properties, but plenty of people are happy to do so. But then again the NTUK and EH are stupid for allowing a loophole.
    Originally posted by vikingaero
    It's not a loophole, it's a reciprocal agreement between the organisations, which they all benefit from. Not the same thing at all.
    If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart. (Attrib. to Socrates)
    • fred246
    • By fred246 11th Jun 17, 9:43 PM
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    Some providers I have looked at requires that the car is serviced, which my car hasn't been (again I know).
    Originally posted by erictheonly1
    I used to drive round with receipts for servicing parts and an article from an independent consumer association survey which said that 70% of cars were incorrectly serviced and garages were failing to spot dangerous defects. But my car never broke down so I never used it.
    • Mr.Generous
    • By Mr.Generous 11th Jun 17, 9:51 PM
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    If its not been serviced for a long time I'd change the spark plugs and see if that does the trick before I did anything else. Petrol and a spark and they usually run.
    • Car 54
    • By Car 54 17th Jun 17, 7:11 PM
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    Just my opinion, but I think all these suggestions are unethical. You might get away with it, and probably will, but I wouldn't feel comfortable doing any of these.


    Pay a garage a few quid to collect it, and have a clear conscience.
    Originally posted by Richard53
    Unethical? More like fraudulent.
    • Richard53
    • By Richard53 18th Jun 17, 6:21 AM
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    Unethical? More like fraudulent.
    Originally posted by Car 54
    I did consider using that word ...
    If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart. (Attrib. to Socrates)
    • Aretnap
    • By Aretnap 18th Jun 17, 6:49 AM
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    The OP has probably sorted out his problem now, but as another option if you phone the AA asa non member and tell them you've broken down they'll let you join and call out a rescue truck on the spot, subject to paying their full membership fee (ie no online/new member discounts) and a surcharge for being already broken down (it was about £50 when I did it 3 or 4 years ago.

    This probably isn't the cheapest solution, but it's one of the simplest (especially if you don't want to lie and/or need help in a hurry)
    • Richard53
    • By Richard53 19th Jun 17, 6:45 AM
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    This probably isn't the cheapest solution, but it's one of the simplest
    Originally posted by Aretnap
    And honest ...
    If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart. (Attrib. to Socrates)
    • caprikid1
    • By caprikid1 19th Jun 17, 9:07 AM
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    Is this something you have personally done?
    Originally posted by erictheonly1

    I've done it too
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