Today I came back to my car at lunchtime and the battery had gone completely flat! I hadn’t left anything on, it is just the age of the car.
I was lucky for a few reasons, firstly I had a free planning afternoon so I didn’t have any work appointments to cancel, which as we all know is a nightmare trying to rearrange things and sounding like you’re giving a lame excuse.
Secondly my husband was working from home even though he can regularly be all over the place, I was still 20 miles away but he drove over with jump leads to get me on the road again. I had to drive straight home avoiding the motorway with him following just in case I stalled and couldn’t restart the engine.
My next bit of fortune considering I was stranded was I was parked in a Sainsbury’s so I could wait in the cafe rather than stuck at the side of the road somewhere!
Next I ordered a replacement battery from @eurocarparts and was very fortunate that they were having a 50% off battery sale that ends today! So I payed £43 instead of £86 and my husband installed it tonight.
My final bit of “luck” with the situation is that I started saving £35 a month for car maintenance last month, so I had the money ready to pay for this. But of course this isn’t really luck, it’s good money management!
I’m really grateful for all this as for example if it had been tomorrow morning my husband would have already left for work, I would have been stranded with my daughter unable to get her to school and drive myself 25 miles to my morning appointment which would have looked really bad and unprofessional to cancel. So if it had to happen, it could have been a lot worse!
Sinking funds are definitely a big help as we never know when we’re going to need them!