When you become parents, preparing everything you’ll need for the baby can become a bit overwhelming, and car decisions can play a part of this. Do you sadly sell your cool Mini for a more practical family car that fits everything you could need and more in the boot?
Obviously such decisions are more important if you’ve got 2 kids and thinking of having more, although even with only 1 child, deciding on car seats and suitability on changing cars can be a nightmare. We found moving from infant car seat to next stage problematic thanks to N’s car seat needing to potentially fit in about 6 cars over the farm. (For information, if you have to fit car seats in Land Rovers, beware – even the pretty much universally fitting Maxi Cosi tobi we opted for for that reason, doesn’t fit in the Grandparents’ Range Rover although it did in their old Disco).
More importantly, have you had to move from your trusty, unreliable, but comfy favourite car which is always breaking down, to a more reliable (read boring) box on wheels?
Sainsbury’s Bank Car Insurance are running a competition to find out the worst car breakdown experience. I have to admit my experience was a tad repetitive.
I used to do a lot of dancing and go to a lot of dance weekenders (ie lots of workshops in the day and then social dancing the whole night away before starting again the next day). I was sharing a lift with friends down to Burnham-on-Sea, which meant a long trek on a Friday on the M4. There’d been an accident, so lots of crawling traffic, until the car just stopped and wouldn’t restart. Right where the M4 and M5 merged.
So a 1 ½ hour wait for the AA while all the holidaying people (and I’m sure lots of people heading to the same place as us) drove past, waving and jeering. Of course, as soon as the AA arrived, the car started so we could get the car to park up at Cribbs Causeway where the AA man could check the car out and get us on our way again…until we ended up going via Bristol to avoid the stop start on the motorway.
And ended up breaking down again, and again. Every time we rang the breakdown service, it was taking so long, the car would restart for a while. We then got to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, got half way across before they closed it for the evening, and broke down on the bridge. So the 3 of us had to push the car (along with some runners who were also crossing at the same time) off the bridge to wait for another breakdown van who then followed us to our destination to ensure we didn’t breakdown again. By that stage we didn’t even want to look at the view of the city’s lights, we just wanted to get to our dance venue!
A very eventful journey, taking around 8 hours rather than the 4 it should have taken and not one I’d like to repeat, especially now I’ve got N.
So if you think you can beat my breakdown experience, why not enter the draw by sharing your worst car breakdown experience in the comments below and then entering via the Rafflecopter widget. You can get an additional entry by tweeting about the competition. The deadline for entries is Friday 27thSeptember, and the winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter and announced on this page.
One lucky winner will be sent a £25 Sainsbury’s voucher but even if you’re not the winner, your experience could appear in a future Money Matters Blog post.
Disclosure: This competition is run in conjunction with Sainsbury’s Bank Car Insurance. See their tools and guides page for further motoring advice