Originally posted by wavelength
read the small print...
- sorry, not boat related, but last weekend I had a small print related incident with breakdown cover. My engine just stopped
as I was approaching a roundabout in Basingstoke, and as my car's automatic, it just coasted along. Now, because you can't turn the starter without returning the key to "0" (which would lock the steering), and in the heat of the moment, I couldn't remember if the selector has to be in "park", I decided to avoid stopping on a busy roundabout, so pulled over the low kerb onto the grass. Engine restarted straight away, no problems. Into "drive". Nothing. Uh-oh!
Looked at the back wheels - sinking fast into the soft wet grass
. Thought - OK, call the breakdown people. Told them the facts, and they told me "You're not covered for that - £70 to get the garage out". Dammit - should have lied.
I'm with Direct Line (was Green Flag), and whilst I was waiting for the garage, in a foul mood
with visa card balance £70 further into the red, I called the AA - same policy! Now I guess that all the 4x4 owners here can giggle, but anyone in an ordinary car would be well advised to lie if in my position ("Oh, funny it's started now Mr Breakdown man. But I seem to be a bit stuck...")
Hey, Crazyhorse - where were you when I needed you in your tractor?