Now I’ve had many frustrating experiences with cars over the years (I imagine anyone who’s been driving any length of time has plenty of stories to tell) but one of the most frustrating of recent times that springs to mind is this:
About three years ago, we’d been on a city break to Barcelona with friends, and arrived back at Bristol Airport quite late in the evening on a Sunday, tired and keen to get home.
We got back to the car in the long term car park, put the luggage into the boot, got into the car, turned the key in the ignition and …. nothing. Flat battery. Ashley had left the lights on.
Luckily we have an RAC membership, so we rang them. Two hours’ wait, Madam, they said. Groans all round. Then, we saw an AA van driving towards us in the car park. We flagged him down, explained our predicament, and asked very nicely if he wouldn’t mind starting the car for us. Yes, no problem, he replied. That’ll be £40.
For a jump start?? No, to join the AA. I can only start cars that belong to AA members. So, because we really didn’t want to wait two hours, we paid the £40. Approximately 30 seconds later, he’d jump started the car and we were on our way.
On the plus side, I did manage to sell the AA membership on Ebay subsequently for £10, so the 30 second jump start ended up only cost a pound per second!