Here's the thing. The car has been essential for work for the past few years. There is every chance that it will be essential again. But this year, it is not essential. In fact, living where I do right in the centre of town, it is downright inessential, and would not be particularly safe if parked here. Instead, it has been lodging at Friend Nik's house just outside town, from where it is pressed into occasional service.
However, even cars which are doing very little still cost a lot of money. Especially, in my case, at the end of August. First its MOT. Then a full service. Then AA membership. Then Insurance. Then Road Tax. There is no way of saving on any of this, and the total is going to be something approaching £800. I got rid of my last car at the 12 year stage, when it started costing more in repairs than a monthly repayment plan on a newer model, and I am afraid that this car may have reached the same stage.
I am not extravagent when it comes to cars. I have only ever owned two in my life, both of which were 4 years old when I bought them. My current one is now 11 years old, and on the whole still runs well. But there is no doubt that it is showing its age, and has sadly failed its MOT until the garage can sort out a list of fairly minor problems, but which taken together mount up considerably.
So for now the garage has it, and I had to take the bus back from the farm to the town. It was a later bus than I meant to take, because the online timetable was wrong, and I got soaked waiting half an hour for one which had left 10 minutes before I arrived. One of only four buses a day, mark you.
Am depressed now.
Total Expenditure: £9.15