Trailbraker et al
1st, apologies for the silence - combination of work (end of year baselines) & personal commitments, home computer not allowing forum access for some reason (sorry TB - I didn't see your PMs until last week), & waiting on mates to give me a decision. Yes, couple of my mates had dropped-out (Cooper S now a 3week old Boxster; pug Gti sold & other Boxster, undecided), but one gave a defo commitment. I was ready to touch-base with you guys & confirm travel details & accomodation, etc. I was good-to-go.....
I took my car to a small independent in NW london to replace the undertray (it was making a hell of a racket) & I thought I'd also do a pre-ring health check. This was last Friday.
That Friday afternoon I got a call from this garage to say that he had taken the car out on a test drive, left it outside a bank & returned to see it smashed-up! On hearing this I just told him I'd call him back - I was in shock (just got the car out of the bodyshop not 2 weeks ago).
I went to see it Friday: smashed NSF wing, smashed bumper & headlights, dented OSF wing & punctured NSR tyre(??!)! It's a mess. No witnesses, nothing - apparently.
Now he said he'll sort it - sending it to a bodyshop he knows & I assume he'll do the mechanicals. So he comes-out quids in. He wouldn't even entertain the idea of my sending it somewhere else, even though he admitted that his insurance will not dictate where the car goes...
Those I have spoken to, don't like the sound of this.......
I am both very upset & very angry. I am without transport for the easter weekend & (more important), I can't do the 'ring :
I know I haven't been party to the chat on the ring trip,(plus I can't access the website from home for some But I was always intending to go.
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON with this car!!!