Friday, 24 September 2010

Two Conversations

Mechanic at the garage of a French car manufacturer where the showroom is shiny, the mechanics are smooth and the famous daughter of the house is named Nicole:

“You car is very sick madam. We will need to replace the four very expensive parts. With the revisions recommended by the manufacturer (who happens to actually be our company) it will cost you 1500 euros to make it roadworthy. There is also a 100 euro charge for us telling you this.”

Mechanic at the independent garage around the corner from my house:

“There is nothing wrong with your car. All you need to do is drive it more. No, there is nothing to pay for the consultation. Here are your keys and have a nice day.”

Watch this space for some road-tripping stories!

In the meantime, I’m off to check the small print of my breakdown insurance …

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