It’s a good job that the Saab 9000 is now back in commission, because the Scrappage Rover Metro Diesel we’ve been running all winter without missing a beat currently faces an uncertain future. I’d blogged a few weeks back how an inattentive chap kindly drove his Peugeot 206 into the back of it, causing minimal damage (see above for the impact wound on the nearside corner of the rear bumper).
Well, it looks like I wasn’t quite in possession of all the facts when it came to what happens next to the little car. It seems that, although I can elect to keep the car, the Insurers insist that it will need to be recorded as a CAT C write-off and, as such, if it is to return to the road, it will need a full re-test via the DLVA which is expected to cost quite a bit of money. Not that the Metro isn’t worth it, of course…
At the moment the claim is in limbo, with the car resting at my place, as I get my head around what to do next. My main issue here is that the car – although frayed around the edges – is really rather useful and, in these times of escalating fuel costs, just the ticket to counteract the damage the Rover SD1 is doing to my bank balance so I really would like to keep it, thank you very much.
But at what cost?
As always, your thoughts are welcomed…
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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