Wednesday 1 December 2004 11.30am
Yes. I bet people who drive them spend less than £5 on a bottle of (New World) wine.
[chow. the above is a reference to a stunningly snobbish comment in an earlier thread and nothing to do with you. ]
given that the garage is so far away and you probably don't want to drive your dodgy car all the way to derby to argue with them, why not try phoning for that explanation again and asking them firmly and politely to explain the fault in simple terms. if they can't do that, then either they are no kind of competent mechanic (in which case Trading Stds would be an excellent place for you to start) or they're trying to fob you off (Trdg Stds again). cars (like everything these days) have lots of bits with funny names that sound daunting, but if someone understands something (like a mechanic should understand cars) then they should be capable of explaining it in simple terms/similes. don't be put off. asking for a simple explanation is not a crime. as a tactic, I find it works v well. good luck
...if you press it, they will come.