But after all the palaver, at long last my car was ready for an MOT re-test, and so back to the MOT garage I jaunted.
Pic.No.1. I took this sneaky shot of the inside of the MOT garage (the ramp on the right hand side is where they do the tests)
I handed the keys and the repair documentation to the mechanic, who looked at them and sucked the air through his teeth, shaking his head seriously.
"What?" I asked, starting to feel a little irate (again).
"You were supposed to have all the repairs completed within 10 days of the original MOT test," he sighed.
"It is 10 days isn't it?" I questioned in exasperation, but secretly knowing what he was going to say.
"Nope. It's eleven," he grinned, "that means you'll have to have another complete test."
"That will cost another £50! Please don't make me go through this again..... I have been to hell and back..... in the last few weeks this car has nearly cost me my friends, my family and my livelihood," I pleaded, exaggerating a tad for added emphasis [see what I did there? Yeh?].
"Ok," the mechanic sighed, "I'll do the retest free of charge, but don't tell anyone.... you'll have me put out of business if word gets around."
So I watched with bated breath as a series of tests were undertaken with various diagnostic equipment, and finally the mechanic declared himself finished.
"Did it pass?" I asked hopefully.
"Nope," replied the increasingly maddening mechanic, "your brakelight isn't working."
"Are you kidding me?" I demanded, coming close to hysteria, "the bloody light has been fixed twice now!"
"That one is fine, it is the other one that has stopped working now," he replied. ARRRGGGGGHHHH!
Sensing my increasing frustration, the mechanic made a suggestion; "there is something I could try to save you having to pay for any more repairs,"
"Go for it," I replied, jumping into the last lifeboat.
What happened next, left me a little agog to say the least. He walked up to the brakelight and gave it a bit slog with his fist........ and can you believe it? ............. the bloody thing started working again.
All I can say is that it's a good job that I didn't employ those techniques when I worked in aerospace. It wouldn't have inspired the confidence of passengers if I placated them with; 'I've just given one of the wings a quick knock with me 'ammer and you should be fine for take-off now".
Anyway, back to my car - I snatched the MOT certificate from the mechanic's hand and hotfooted it out of there..... hopefully that will be the last of the car-sagas for the timebeing.