Bright and shiny as a new pin

As is the norm, when the car goes in for its MOT, it gets the beauty treatment. Hubby washes and hoovers it out often during the year, but come MOT day, everything is checked, cleaned and polished.

The windows are clear of Maggie’s ‘nose art’ and we have done our best to get rid of the dog hairs on the back seat. We invested in proper covers when we first got the car, but they didn’t actually last very long, so in more recent years we’ve used two picnic blankets so that the seat belts are easily accessed, plus a cushion for Maggie that she can snuggle into it whilst travelling.
All those have been removed, and the car hoovered within an inch of its life.

All lights have been checked to be working, the washer bottles are full back and front, windscreen wipers are OK, and everything that should be is all present and correct.
Tyres are OK, as is the pressure, which I’m confident to check myself as we have a gizmo that plugs into the cigarette lighter and it’s idiot Di proof to use.
Last time it was recommended we have the front brake shoes replaced within the next 5000 miles, so the receipt for that is enclosed in the service book as we did it straight away, and we also had new tyres all the way round as one was beginning to wear.

Maybe this is why I was thinking about driving and tests when I woke up this morning.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to Bright and shiny as a new pin

  1. We use those blue painters’ tarps on the back seats of both of our cars. They’re a pain to put in (must be tied in a way that apparently only my husband knows), a pain to take out (those complicated ropes must be cut), and they make it impossible to put the back seat down for more cargo area. But they do protect the cars from Cody’s hair and muddy paws, so I guess it’s worth it. Our cars are leased and must be returned in good condition at the end of the lease.

    • Some lease vehicles, hire cars, or courtesy cars don’t allow you to have pets in them. We bought our Hyundai I10 6 years ago as we only needed the one car. We put Hubby’s Peugeot Partner in P/X and sold my 206 to a car supermarket.

  2. murisopsis says:

    I had to take my car in for maintenance and they were good enough to vacuum it out and clean every thing including running it through the car wash! I don’t know how long it will stay clean but since there are no kids or pets I’m guessing a lot longer than most…

    • Lucky. When we bought the car, I bartered for a three year service plan too and didn’t realise they were supposed to valet the car as a matter of course. They hoovered it out once but we’d already done that! Now we are no longer tied to that garage, which is just as well as we’re 250 miles away now!!

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