Right. I'm a bit pissed off, but I'm looking for solutions. No offence, but please don't rant on about breakdown service, or tell me where I've gone wrong. I know all that.
Anyway, grumpy introduction aside, here's the deal. I bought an Alfa GT off Ebay. Collected today from Essex. Aux belt tensioner was described as "slightly noisy", but was quite a bit worse. Anyway, long story short, it's failed and thrown the belt off, leaving it not charging and without any PAS. At night, it's pretty much undriveable. So, I phoned Green Flag, and started to arrange a recovery. However, it isn't taxed. I knew this when I collected, but couldn't do the tax online as it has come with an old style green and blue V5, and the Gov website did not recognise the reference number. Therefore, COMPUTER SAYS NO and they refused to attend. Luckily, Mrs S was following me, so I left the car at Keele and came home.
First problem. Like a dickhead, I've left the V5 in the car, so I can't go to the Post Office tomorrow to try and tax it, so I can get it recovered.
So, I'm looking for help/ideas/suggestions.
As I see it, the alternatives are
1. Go back to Keele in the morning, get the V5 and try to find a PO to tax it. Then phone Green Flag and get recovery.
2. Get a tensioner, take tools, and get a lift down to fix it.
3. Try to find someone who can loan me a car with towbar, and either A Frame it or rent a trailer to drag it home.
4. Try to rent a flat bed to drag it home.
The problem I have, is I could get parts, go down and then FAIL because I haven't got tools/I'm a bit cack handed/it needs more.
Or, I could fail to tax it.
Or, I could get a tug whilst framing it.
On the plus side, the parking is sorted for 24 hours, so I've got all day.