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Getting a car back home-300 miles away

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BertrandRussell Thu 24-May-18 09:44:20

pil's car has broken down while visiting us. Hiring car to get home, but that leaves their car stuck here. No time/plans for us to take it back- any idea how much it would cost to get it delivered back? Roughly?

EspressoButler Thu 24-May-18 09:45:41

Do they have breakdown cover? If not, get some that includes towing home with them as passengers in the van.

BertrandRussell Thu 24-May-18 09:48:29

The car's already at the dealers to be fixed. RAC won't transport it home.

BertrandRussell Thu 24-May-18 09:50:06

They would have had it taken home if they'd realised it would take so long to fix!

EspressoButler Thu 24-May-18 09:53:01 don’t know if this is any good, but they offer to collect eBay bought cars for you.

BertrandRussell Thu 24-May-18 10:08:41

Thank you. Blimey- £350ish. Expensive holiday!

DontCallMeCharlotte Thu 24-May-18 10:09:41

Could they not hang on until car is fixed?

EspressoButler Thu 24-May-18 10:10:34

Getting the train back to collect the car may be cheaper.

HRoosevelt Thu 24-May-18 10:10:52

Local university student do it for a bit of cash?

MumofBoysx2 Thu 24-May-18 10:13:52

Would be cheaper to get it fixed there surely, because it needs looking at anyway and you don't need to add the cost of getting it towed 300 miles. Unless best case scenario breakdown included?

CloudCaptain Thu 24-May-18 10:15:45

You can hire a vehicle collection driver. Not sure how much

BertrandRussell Thu 24-May-18 10:18:02

I wondered about finding someone local who wants the job, but once you’ve added the train fare and the insurance it probably wouldn’t cost much less.

The car could take a couple of weeks- and they need to be home next week. Both a bit frail for the train then across London and another train- sadly.

DontCallMeCharlotte Thu 24-May-18 12:26:18

Are there any airports nearby? Could you drive it down and then fly back? Then it's only the flight - which could be surprisingly cheap (someone I know is flying from north to south and back for £70 return).

DontCallMeCharlotte Thu 24-May-18 12:27:13

Or contact your local university - see if anyone wants to drive it "home" as the holidays are approaching...

mayhew Thu 24-May-18 12:28:40

Will their insurance cover it?

Onesmallstepforaman Thu 24-May-18 12:31:08

Where geographically is the car and where do you want it to be? I have a fair bit of spare time and don't mind driving.

BubblesInMyTea Thu 24-May-18 13:33:47

Surely the obvious solution is someone from their end gets on a train??

Foxyloxy1plus1 Thu 24-May-18 13:36:35

Go back and forth by public transport.

BertrandRussell Thu 24-May-18 14:14:26

"Surely the obvious solution is someone from their end gets on a train??"
We have thought of that-nobody suitable available for the next fortnight........

somethingsneverchange Thu 24-May-18 14:18:58

My dh hired a car to collect my new car for me which was south to north and back again. Only cost £150 including fuel. Could your dh drive your parents car and hire a car to get back?

somethingsneverchange Thu 24-May-18 14:19:33

Sorry I should have said pil's car.

WaxOnFeckOff Thu 24-May-18 14:25:31

The insurance shouldn't be too big a cost unless it's a high insurance group car. I got my newly passed 17 year old on my policy for a day for £2.40. It is a low group car though.

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