And then my car set on fire

The other day, I noticed the washing machine was leaking. When I told my husband, he said: ‘Is there ever a week when something doesn’t go wrong?’.

And I could see his point. I did a quick rundown in my head of all the things that were currently wrong.

My own car was still in the garage for repairs after my son’s accident. It had already been there for 10 days and the repairs had overrun.

My husband’s car still had a smashed headlight from the pigeon incident, which had by this point stopped working altogether. The other headlight would only work with precisely delivered multiple whacks, which I didn’t have the knack for. So I was unable to drive in the dark (aka nearly all the time in January) and was increasingly reliant on my dad to give us lifts to the theatre for the panto.

In addition to this, my wardrobe has been collapsed since the start of November, the tumble drier doesn’t work on a ‘low’ cycle and the plug of the iron is smashed and held together with sellotape (not even duct tape).

After the delay to my car’s repairs, I was expecting my car back the following day. But when the garage rang at the end of ‘leaky washine machine day’, I dared to get my hopes up.

But the conversation started with the words ‘I don’t know how to say this’. That’s never going to be a good conversation, is it?

The guy from the garage embarked on a long story, including such matters as my car having a complete respray (that was not part of the original job).

And all I was thinking was ‘GET TO THE POINT! WHEN WILL MY CAR BE READY?’

The story concluded with my car setting on fire. I really didn’t see that one coming. You just couldn’t make it up.

Luckily the car wasn’t badly damaged as they found it quickly – it was ‘just’ some smoke under the bonnet. But of course now it needs repairing again. They’ve had to order a part. They don’t know where the part will be coming from or when they will get it. It’s anyone’s guess as to when I will see my car again.

After that, I can’t wait to see what goes wrong this week…

Mini, car, And then my car set on fire

I have no idea when I will see this again

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. So sorry! I think you have had enough bad luck lately. Surely things have to get better! There can’t be much left to break. I hope you get your car back soon x

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    • Thanks very much. I just can’t wait to get my car back! I really hope they’ve sprayed it the right colour. x

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  2. That’s really odd, I hope you’re not being charged for the additional repairs related to it setting on fire when it was their responsibility! Hope next week is better for you all.
    Nat.x

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    • Thanks very much! I’m really concerned that they’re going to try to blame us for the fire, but it clearly wasn’t my fault. x

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  3. It’s horrible when everything seems to go wrong together, it really brings your spirit down. But soon, I’m sure it will all be sorted and you won’t have anything to worry about for a long while. At least your car didn’t catch fire after it had been returned. That happened to my brother once, he had my Mum and elderly grandmother in the car when they noticed smoke. They all got out but my brother, not thinking, opened the bonnet and the flames engulfed the entire car in minutes, it was truly terrifying. I just hope they fix your car soon and it comes back healthy. I know what it’s like waiting, mine was in repair for over 3 months, we did have a courtesy car but I couldn’t drive it because I need adaptations, so I had to rely on my husband.
    Anyway, I have my fingers tightly crossed that this is the end of your run of things breaking xx

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    • Thanks very much, I really hope so too! What a horrendous thing to happen to your brother. It must have been such a shock. It must have been hard to be without your car for three months. Life is much easier now I’ve got a courtesy car because I was relying far too much on my parents for lifts. I can’t wait to get my own car back, though. X

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  4. I know EXACTLY what you mean about one thing after another going wrong, it’s the same in this house – so frustrating! I cannot believe the fiasco you’ve had with cars lately. I really hope that it gets fixed soonest. I can’t imagine how you’re managing. x

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    • Thanks very much, I’m hoping to get it back in a week or so. Do you think it’s having teenagers that causes everything to go wrong? It’s certainly very frustrating.

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  5. What a nightmare, it just keeps getting worse and worse. I really hope it all turns a corner, you get it back and the insurance is resolved. x

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    • Thanks very much! I spoke to the insurance company earlier this week and that still wasn’t resolved, but they will keep pursuing it. I just really want my car back now! X

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