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.)
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
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
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.