- Third Gear
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- Joined: 08 Apr 2008
- Location: North Warwickshire
I went sown to Scalea (200mls south of Naples.Italy) a few years ago and packed everything I thought I might need,spare alternator etc.etc....It turned out all I needed was a couple of cans of oil (it leaked quite badly then)...the problem I had was the suspension bottoming out with all the weight...
I think I extended my AA cover for Europe for three weeks for a nominal sum just for the peace of mind...
Just give your car a proper pre-MOT inspection a couple of weeks before you go
- Coveted Fifth Gear
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- Joined: 21 Sep 2003
- Location: Manchester
- Coveted Fifth Gear
- Posts: 1838
- Joined: 18 Sep 2003
- Location: Northamptonshire, England
http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2004/j ... ourholiday
and finding good reviews on the TVR and Ducati OC sites. Haven't had to use it yet so cannot comment but apparently it also covers you in the UK (I THINK via a hookup with the AA). The price is good, they speak English and as the article says it's you and your partner, not the car, so very flexible.
- Second Gear
- Posts: 60
- Joined: 18 Oct 2007
- Location: Guildford, Surrey
When an old car of mine shorted out and attempted to go up in flames in France about 6 years ago, I was lied to by Green Flag. It was a very annoying experience which I won in the end - the car was repatriated as they'd promised me when I booked the policy.
One of Green Flag's fibs was that all the car hire depots were closed in the area, so I made enquiries myself and hired a car from about 2km away, and eventually got home by getting a one way hire from Hertz about 30km away via the internet.
I concluded then, that the easiest and surest solution with a car that matters to me, would be to find somewhere to leave the car near where the car breaks down, and then return to collect it myself with a trailer. This probably isn't such an issue if you haven't restored the car yourself - it's the hours that are hard to put a value on. This year I used the RAC, but was aware of all the clauses. They are usefull to get you to a hotel and off the side of the road. i didn't need them though
Needless to say when I eventually got my car back the wing mirrors were broken and there were scratches on the paintwork.
It may be worth finding out where the local garages are in the area that you are going to - they probably won't mind you leaving the car for you to collect if it's not repairable there and then.
I'd like to be able to say that I'm heading to mid France in Sept in my Elan, but i've not got it running yet. Maybe there's time...
Have a good time.
- Fourth Gear
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- Joined: 07 Apr 2005
- Location: South Dorset, UK
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