You’ve got to hand it to Direct Line. As insurance claims go, this one has been very painless indeed. Regular readers might recall a careless young lady ran into the AROnline Rover 75 and drove off without stopping. Slightly annoyed, I reported this and told my insurers. The next day, they took the car away, and in its place arrived a shiny new Vauxhall… then I waited, and waited, expected to hear that the 75 had been written off.
So imagine my surprise in hearing a ‘phone message yesterday saying my car was ready, and can it be dropped off. A call was made, my excess paid, and today, I came home to see the 75 outside my house again, mirror, wing and door fixed. Remarkable. While it was away I was already in that state of mind that I needed to find a new car, but this news changed everything. And thanks to the repair, combined with a brief run in Mike Humble’s 75 (below) on Sunday, I’d been convinced that fully sorted, my 75 will be just the relaxing chariot I need in my life right now. So it stays.
Okay, it’s still going to need a full service and headgasket change, but sitting in it again, settling in to those big comfortable seats, and enjoying the ambiance convinced me I’m happy to continue with what I think will be an excellent project.
It just shows, too, that old Rovers are far too good to be written off without good reason.