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Friday, November 09, 2007

Car Fixage

humph...needed a new wing mirror and didn't want to pay for it.

I phoned the Peugeot auto spares and they are £30 + v.a.t - bugger that.
Ebay - £15 - £20 plus postage £5 - Nope.
The big scrapyard in town doesn't have one.

"Drive to the scrapyard in Elmsett" I hear you say, hmmmm. The one I've never heard of and doesn't have a website? The one at the bottom of the suffolk listing on Yell.com? That one?? "That sounds like a good idea. Better call them first though"

**ring ring...ring ring...**
Old Sufolk Man (OSM) - "ya' reet buh"
Me - "Hello, I'm looking for a wing mirror for a Peugeot 106"
OSM - "yeeer buh moit av un. gorrafew en buh"
Me - "Right, thats good. Have you got a drivers side one spare?"
OSM - "yull afta cum luk buh"
Me - "Ok, I'll be there soon"
OSM - "reet oh, buoi"

Look at map, looks fairly easy. (It's just past the middle of nowhere in case you wondered)

Got lost on the way, no map.

Googled the number once I managed to drive to a road where I had a signal. Call him back and ask for directions.

4.45pm - Got to the place and the 2 old chaps in sitting in a porta-cabin. In silence. OSM 1 sitting behind a desk, OSM 2 sittin in a chair by the door.

Me - "Hello, I phoned earlier about a wing mirror for a Peugeot 106"
OSM 1 (behind the desk)- "yeer buh, gorra few dun thend neer t'skips buh"

**i look about a MILE down a hill to the skips and the biggest pile of cars you've ever seen**

Me - "I'll go have a look then, have you got a screwdriver i can borrow?
OSM 1 - to OSM 2 "He want a ruddy droiver dohee Ted?"
- to Me "dint ya bring yer awn buh?"
Me - "err...no"
OSM 1 - to Ted "gerrim the set then Ted"
Ted - to Me "over ere buh"

**Ted takes me over to a knackered old car, pops the boot, there is a whole bootfull of assorted screwdrivers**

Ted - "one o thosull dooyah buh?"
Me - "Cheers"

**I take a couple and hike my way down the hill. Have a bit of a rummage and find 2 106's, one had a broken drivers side mirror, the other one is impossible to get off due to all the screws being too rusted over to screw out, so I hike back up to the porta cabin after spotting a fairly good looking 106 parcked away from all the other cars**

Me - "Hello, can't find what I'm looking for except on that red one over the other side. Can I have the one off that one?"
Ted - to OSM 1 "wotya reck?"
OSM 1 - to Ted 2 "ah dunt care buh, worrevuh"
Ted - to Me "yeer go awhn thun buh"
Me - to Ted "Before I go back down there, how much is it going to cost?
Ted - to OSM 1 "wotya reck?"
OSM 1 - "tenner buh"
Me - "Cool. Back in a sec"

**It's now dark and cold, about 5.15pm and I have to take off the wing mirror in the dark. I use the light on my phone and have to hold it in my mouth as the interior light is broken. My fingers ache... I Trudge my way back to the porta-cabin and hand over the tenner**

Me - "Bye then, thanks"
OSM 1 - "reet buh, buoi"
Ted - "buoi son"

The two chaps seem happy to go back to sitting silence, as I walk off.

I arrive home at 6pm after getting stuck in a crapload of traffic at 5.30. But I do have a new wing mirror for £10


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