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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Mr Cat, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. Mr Cat

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    morning...well, I was driving along the a68 just outside of Rowley (Consett) on saturday evening (it was wet and foggy) and I'd just left a 30mph zone onto a 60mph and as I was going a bend the car aquaplanned and I lost control...I went flying into a dry stone wall and my poor little peugeot is a writeoff...

    luckily I was able to walk away with notjing wrong at all...just a bit shocked tho!

    the local farmer called the police who were very kind and even gave me a lift home...

    I had to buy myself a sh*te fiat uno yesterday like...sigh...
     
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    So long as you are OK! And what is wrong with Fiat? I am happy with mine!
     
  3. HMHB

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    Glad you're OK mate, hope you were adequately insured ?
     
  4. Mr Cat

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    well, the fiat is a 1 litre whereas my peugoet was a 1.6...was my first car too...*sniff* I was hoping I could have kept it for ages longer, even run it into the ground, not a wall...

    insurance wise...well, yeah, I was insured, but only 3rd party...sigh...hence the fiat...!

    I couldn't even get the thing to reverse this morning...sigh...will see the ex owner tonight...must be me!! but it's that light I weas able to push it backwards no problem... ;)
     
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    Oh well, worse things happen at sea.

    I smacked every panel on my first 'new' car, a Landrover Discovery V8.

    I wuz gutted I tells ya, gutted....
     
  6. Mr Cat

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    yeah, I loved that car too...even tho it hads fair share of cuts and bruises...sigh...feels like I've murdered her!
     
  7. Gary D

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    as long as you OK Mr cat - its been a rough year for you - dont want to get worse, and death really is as bad as its going to get.

    gary
     
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    Sorry to here the news of both having a bad accident and loosing the much liked car.

    One thing if it has taught you are not invulnerable although costly it just may save your life one day when in similar circumstances.
     
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    Glad to hear you're OK, you could look on it as a chance to accelerate ( :laugh: ) your getting a newer car. Unfortunately it's one of those things that goes with driving and knowing you've walked away from a potentially serious crash really puts things into perspective. :)
     
  10. Mr Cat

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    yeah, I felt strangely elated as well as being down as I knew that I could have been a lot worse, the ground was that slippy anyway...the farmer said that there had been a big oil leak around there and that it should be resurfaced...he said that a lot of cars crash on that corner....good job his wall's a dry stone one!
     
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    Fiat reverse gear? On my Seicento you have to lift a little ring just below the gearstick then you can select reverse.
     
  12. Mr Cat

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    ah, I'll check that out tonight...

    on the actual gearstick knob it's got something like

    1 3 5

    2 4 - R

    it was the dash between the '4' and 'R' that threw me a bit...didn't notice the little ring tho
     
  13. Gary D

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    remember its Italian - it has 5 reverse gears and 1 forward :D

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    nah, it can't be Italian, surely? - I thought their cars were stylish... :D
     
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    its a former Tank :D

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    Sorry to hear of your accident and glad you're OK! :smashin:

    Still, at least you'll have no chance of aquaplaning in the Fiat - if you take it out in the rain it'll have rusted away before you get a chance.............. :D
     
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    yeah, got the reverse gear sorted out now...and talking of rust - there are a few spots...but I'm not gonna worry about that!
     
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    Rust, what keeps most Fiats together!
     
  19. Mr Cat

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    another query here guys....whats the score with scrapyards - would i get much for my old motor then..?

    bearing in mind that its a 10 year old peugeot - front end smashed in (damage to engine, but not sure how much), passenger side doors smashed up a bit too...

    would they pay to pick up the car too..?

    just that it's at a storage place just now, and they want abut 157 notes to move it...and no, the insurance doesn't cover that!

    obviously I'm not after making a profit (tho, would be nice!) - I just don't fancy having to pay the 157 quid
     
  20. GrahamC

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    I think you'll end up paying £157.
     
  21. The Dude

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    I'd try getting a local scrapyard to collect it themselves from the storage place its at..

    you'll have to pay them for taking the car off you :rolleyes:, but they don't usually charge more than £20 or so... and at least you might save a few quid..?
     
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    Scrap metal values have rocketed in recent times making scrap cars quite valuable again.

    Give the scrappys a ring, you might be supprised.

    Gone are the days of being offered £5 fora mot'd/taxed Volvo 340 with half a tank full of fuel...
     
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    Put it on eBay with a £157 reserve and claim that somebody famous once owned it
     
  24. Gary D

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    what like Marc Bolan :D


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    just spoke to one place - he's gonna take it free of charge...I explained the score and he said he knows how these guys operate (i.e. charging 150 quid) - but he says that in past experience they'll try to make up some charge as they feel as tho they're losing out in some way...

    so, this scrap merchant's gonna go tonight, or tomorrow morning...I'll ring the garage when I get home from work and see what they say...they won't be happy, but stuff 'em...
     
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    I know the road you are on about (its quite close to where I'm from), and there are definitely a few places where the accident could have been a bit more nasty than just hitting a wall.

    At least you were able to walk away from it, and nobody else got hurt. It could have been far worse!

    So hey, it's good news really. :smashin:
     
  27. Mr Cat

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    yeah, you know where you just come out of castleside and towards Rowley (on the a68), well, I was building upto 60mph and came off at the corner...
     

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    Oooh Matron - don't tell the police that :D
     
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    *groan*...

    it's strange tho as mentally, I can handle left bends better than I can right bends...if that makes any sense...I used to be the same on my mountain bike (thats probably where it stems from!)
    as I went flying down this hill (at lemington) went around a small roundabout and came a cropper...

    anyone else the same..?
     
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    I'd agree that left handers feel much 'safer' to go at if that's what you mean?

    I guess it's because you can hit the true apex of the corner without crossing lanes? on a righthanded corner, it's either aim at a 'fake' apex ( the white lines) or use the wrong side of the road?


    It was a tight right hander that got me apparently, but I couldn't even guess as to what actually happened.... the other guy knows everything, but he's not exactly a reliable witness... :mad:
     

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