06 March 2011

Let's start Motoring - Part 3

Saturday, February 22. Collection day. Our plan was to go by train to Stafford, pick the car up and drive it home. This meant getting up at oh crickey o’clock as the train journey would take more than two hours. I’m not crazy about long train journeys, mainly because good manners prevent me from freely picking my nose. Luckily I had Clive James reading his latest book coming from my iPod and nice scenery to look at through the window.

The Man Who Is Selling The Car picked us up at the train station and a short drive up the road to where the car was garaged. The little Renault looked great, however it pays to do some research beforehand when buying a second hand car, you have to know what to look for and the 5 only had a small patch of rust on the driver’s side door sill and some minor bubbling on the front right wheel arch. Apart from a bit of wear on the seats and pedals, the interior was almost spotless.

After the documentation was sorted I handed over the cash, filled the car up with petrol and my Dad and I set off home, giving me time to study the handbook and trying to work out how the radio works. It’s still the original factory fitted Philips AM radio/cassette player. I think I even picked up Radio Siberia Labour Camp while searching for Radio 4. After a long and somewhat stressful drive we arrived home. I could finally relax, I bought a car.