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Farewell, little car

We bought our VW Polo new, 15 years ago. It’s been a super little car, with a very willing engine, but we really have run it into the ground. The electrics have been dodgy for years – the central locking hasn’t worked for ages, and the electric window in the driver’s door broke about seven years ago, in the ferry terminal at Calais. It took 3/4 hour in the pouring rain to take the door assembly apart and fix it. The window then let us down again on several subsequent occasions, including in a carpark in Edgbaston, making us late for the final day of a Test match against the Aussies while we made the car secure. Eventually we got fed up of taking the door apart to fix it, and our bodges clearly weren’t working, so we taped the window permanently shut with duct tape.

Every year, the car needs work to pass the MOT test, and about 15 months ago we took the decision that it would be cheaper overall to scrap it. We both worked at the same place, and the number of times we actually needed a second car was very limited, and could easily be managed with the occasional taxi.

But then Chris found out that he was going to be made redundant, so it made sense to keep the car so that his day wasn’t tied to taking me to and from work. Even when he was ill, he kept driving until nearly the end, and it was really useful to have the second car so that he could go out & visit his friends for coffee etc while I was at work.

Now, of course, a second car really is superfluous. It wouldn’t be worth much to sell, and I was wondering how best to dispose of it. Then I read an article in a newspaper about giveacar.co.uk. They will take your old unwanted car, scrap it, and donate the proceeds to a charity of your choice. So the car gets taken off your hands at no cost to yourself, it gets disposed of legally and safely (and you get a certificate confirming it’s been scrapped) and your chosen charity gets a donation on your behalf. It sounded almost too good to be true, but I did some digging and it really does appear to be genuine.

I phoned giveacar on Monday afternoon, after work, and gave them the details of the car and the charity I wanted to benefit (St Richard’s Hospice). A local car parts dealer phoned me back on Tuesday morning to arrange a time to collect it, and they came that afternoon to complete the paperwork and tow it away. I should hear in a week or two how much it’s raised for the hospice. It probably won’t be a lot, but it is one more thing dealt with that I can cross off my list.

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  1. Frosty | 17 September 2010 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    What a fab idea and a fitting ending

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