Car Update

TfL finally replied and my application for exemption of the CC is refused. Even though my car meets the CO2 emissions requirement, it doesn’t meet the 20-mile EV requirement (must be table to travel 20 miles with zero emissions.)

Details on this article: https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-6516655/Electric-cars-no-longer-Congestion-Charge-exempt-London-2025.html

They refunded the £10 I paid for registration.

However, I may still be able to get an exemption. Since my dad also uses my car and he’s registered disabled, he may be able to register my car as a blue-badge holder, which gives 100% exemption.

Car Update

Went to get my spare key from Toyota. Took them 2 hours to get my car into the workshop and get the key reprogrammed. They left a sign in my car when they were done. They had also washed and cleaned the car in the process.

A mobile coffee truck came along while I was waiting outside for the car to be done. I got a coffee while I waited

Training in Quarantine – Day 83

Gloomy day, but still hot and muggy with occasional showers.

My hire car finally got picked up, exactly 8 weeks after it was delivered.

Had a moan at Toyota over email — they confirmed my appointment to get the key reprogrammed, but attempted to sneak a £10 charge in, for “a 40-point surface point clean”

Considering I’m only going back there due to a mistake made by their mechanic and paint damage caused by them, I shouldn’t be paying for any of that.

Charges are waived.

Training in Quarantine – Day 82

Mixed weather today — rain and sun. Went and got some walking done.

Toyota contacted me saying they have my spare key (the mechanic apparently lost it after programming it and they needed to order a new one – to the tune of £250 cost).

I’ll need my take my car back to let them program the key, and hopefully get the dinks in the paintwork fixed.

The next appointment is next Monday, so I’ll head up after my daily meeting.

During my walk, the hire car company finally called asking for their car back, they’re coming to collect tomorrow, so I topped up the car to make sure they don’t fine me for not having enough fuel.

Car Update

My V5C arrived this morning. So I can use that to check and apply for my CCharge discount eligibility. I already know the car is exempt from ULEZ and LEZ.

Though it does seem the CCharge will be chargeable for all cars from 2025 and exemption for EV only from 2021.

So remind me again, why should people buy a EV or hybrid if they don’t get any benefits?

My Toyota Roadside Assistance confirmation form also arrived, it’s Toyota branded, but the assistance is provided by the AA.

Barclaycard emailed me. Time to pay my credit card bill…

Training in Quarantine – Day 77 & Car Update

Another miserably rainy day.

Finalised my main Car Insurance. Costing me £450 for the year.

The car deposit is now on my card. I’d better start looking at paying it off soon….

EDIT: It did stop raining for a bit after dinner, so managed to get my walk done at least.

Training in Quarantine – Day 76 & Car Update

Wet and raining day. No running or walking today.

Picked up my new Toyota Yaris Hybrid today. Had to spend about 30 minutes on hold while waiting for verify myself for the 3-day driveaway insurance.

I now need to finalise my own insurance to cover myself from Saturday.

My dad and I drove up to Toyota in the hire car so I could drive back in the new car.

We spotted some chips in the paintwork which we could not resolve while we were due to it raining (any painting we would do would be ruined by the rain). Toyota gave us some paint and lacquer to do it ourselves when the rain stops.

Drove back in the new car. First time I’ve properly driven an automatic. I previously drove an automatic for a colleague to help her park, so it wasn’t a “proper” drive.

My dad also used to have an automatic (VW Touran), but again, didn’t drive that “properly”

The brakes on the Yaris were REALLY sensitive. Just a tap brought the car to near stationary. On my old Skoda I had to push the brake pedal to about half way before it started braking.

Car has bluetooth so managed to pair it with my phone. Haven’t tested the music playing over bluetooth yet.

Also, Toyota gave me a plushie as thank you for buying a car

Update

Spent the afternoon with Toyota going through different cars and options. Ended up reserving a Yaris Hybrid.

The car I was looking at had been sold by another salesperson two hours ago, but their credit check had failed, so they were running a check against another company. If that passes, they get first dibs on the car.

So I looked at another Yaris Hybrid. Slightly older, but less mileage, and £500 more — BUT, it looked like it had been treated MUCH better than the other car. It had leather seats meaning it’s likely to get extra hot in sunny weather.

Hire Car 4

So, it was finally confirmed. My car is written off after being assessed by the insurance engineers. Interestingly, they were also on lockdown so had to make the assessment using the photos I had taken from the accident.

They have valued my car at £3000. Which isn’t too bad I guess. It’s better than nothing.

The car next to me that was also involved was also written off, to the value of £2200. So that’s £5200 being claimed against the insurance of the other driver. The two cars other cars affected in the accident will probably claim the cost of their repairs, which I’m not sure how much that will be. Probably in the 1-2K region, so that’s at least £6200 in total.

Then there’s the driver’s own car’s damage. Assuming it’s not written off, the damage is probably another K at least. So £7200 of cost on the driver’s own insurance.

That drink he had is proving to be rather expensive…..

My car is going to be towed to disposal on Monday, with the other written off car to be towed tomorrow (Friday)

I’ve already started making enquiries to different dealerships in my area looking for hybrids with a size about the same as my Fabia, or possibly the size of an Octavia. Contacted Hyundai, Toyota and Skoda.

So far, only Toyota have come back and they’ve suggested the Corolla. But I’ll have to wait until they open up again so I can take a look at it closer.

No news yet from Hyundai or Skoda.

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