Yes, a bit late for making new resolutions but I thought I would tag this one onto the back of the others I did at the start of the year. Its not outdoor related but is a subject dear to my heart. Having been ripped off by a garage last week I have vowed that this will be the last time!
I have made myself a promise that when and wherever possible I will attempt to fix the car myself (apart from blown head gaskets and similar)
Ok, so I should be doing this anyway but I got lulled into that false sense of security that tells you to take it to a garage cos its quick and painless. NO! It is not!!!
So in the spirit of this new resolution, I have started to fix the odds and sods that have plagued the car recently. I have changed the aerial mount and connections in the roof. I have ordered a new horn (dont say anything) and am patching up the hole in the door where the thieving gits forced the lock last year.
The already good news is that a job that the garage wanted £95 quid for (to change the aerial and connections), I have managed to do for £9 (you do have to love ebay and wiki answers sometimes). The horn was a tenner and if I manage to fit that ok its another £90 saving.
Of course it didnt all go smoothly this evening. I managed to remove half the roof liner trying to access the aerial mount before the internet told me to just remove the courtesy light (oops). I then dropped and lost the retaining bolt for the mount (sigh) but after half an hour of swearing and cannabalising an old bike, managed to find a replacement (phew).
So by my reckoning after doing the 2 main jobs, I will be nearly £180 better off (hurrah!). Is that a good enough excuse to go and get something for the outdoors? 😀