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

Training in Quarantine – Day 72

Another cloudy and rainy day. I did get to do my walk in between the showers.

Car update — I’ve finalised finance with Toyota and we’ve pencilled in Wednesday for pickup, but that depends on when I need to return my hire car.

Other news — My neighbours moved out recently and now we’ve had some people come in to pick up left over stuff and another van dropped off this morning, seemingly to drop of some paints and stuff.

They parked up pretty close to my hire car.

At least they didn’t scratch it.

Since different people are coming in and out of that premise, they’ve mounted a key locker on the front of the building holding the key to the flat, and locked it. Foolishly, they left the key combination visible as I went out to my walk. Then when I came back after my walk, they had reset the dials. Tried the combination I saw, and the lock opened. Cue Mr. Burns clip….

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