I took the hire car back to Stafford, then they drove me back to the marina - excellent service as usual ... which is a lot more than I can say for the British car insurance industry. I spent about 4 hours trying to get a decent price on an insurance policy on the car we are picking up this week. The biggest bug-bear appears to be for them to recognise my 31 years of documented no-claims bonus whilst in Australia.....what they don't seem to appreciate is that I am probably the only person in Oz to have such a long accident-free period. Anyone who has been to Oz will know what I am talking about, with them being the world's worst drivers, bar the Arabs! Defensive driving rules!!
Reason for not recognising the no-claims discount..... "fraud / money laundering / terrorism and we-just- don't" ....WTF! As for the meerkat 'simples' - it aint !
So - I had to pay for the full whack with Churchill who's main selling point to me was that you speak to an English call centre not an Indian one, but as I was talking to a Geordie all I could say was. "come again" and "do it again" etc.
The funny thing is, although I had to pay full whack it was still cheaper than the last Aussie insurance we had but, to be fair, the the Aussie car was brand new not a 9 year old vehicle.
The new/old car was supposed to ready Thursday but I rang today and they are waiting for a part for the aircon, so now it's Friday - no worries says I.
The rest of the day was spent cleaning the engine bay before the rain became too much, had a read, fell asleep then walked the dogs!
Meanwhile the other half, Elaine, spent the whole day in bed as she is having real trouble trying to shake off her female acquired Manflu. A dose of Home and Away tonight could be on the cards.
Man Utd on the box tonight,with a nice little glass of red....luverly!