The Horror Trip To Melbourne And Back

I suppose that some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been as active, posting and commenting, of late and there may be a few of you that think that I’ve probably just run out of things to say. There may even be a few of you who think that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew by picking a Halloween theme. After all, what would an Aussie know about the age old American tradition of Halloween?

Well, let me tell you, the only reason I’ve been missing from the blogging scene are personal ones. Nothing dramatic mind you, but enough to take me away from my passion of blogging.

One of the many things that has happened to me of late could almost be called the Horror Trip To Melbourne. A fitting title for a Halloween post wouldn’t you say?

My daughter has been bugging me to buy her a car for ages, telling me about all these fantastic cars that she’s found on the Net. Well, it just so happens that one of those cars was a really great buy. The only problem was it was in Melbourne, an 8 hour drive.

The wife and I decided we would fly out Friday night and drive back Saturday. Things went bad almost from the beginning. It started with almost missing our flight, although it was funny seeing the wife running and leaving her in my wake as I tried to hold up the flight.

The flight itself wasn’t bad, I didn’t get the urge to throw up or anything. After landing we took a taxi to the Crown Casino to have a look around. All in all it was quite pleasant. The motel we spent the night in wasn’t all that crash hot. It was as seedy as all hell and I’m sure the wife was happy to wake up in one piece, especially as most of the locks on the door were missing.


So, first thing Saturday morning we caught a cab to pick up the car, a BMW 316I. You could almost say things went wrong from the moment I handed over the check. It had the wrong name on it, and being the weekend I couldn’t get another one issued.

No worries, I thought, I would EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) the cash over, but I couldn’t remember the bloody password. Shit! I know, all I had to do was call the brother and get the password, to his account. Shit, it wouldn’t allow an amount of $8000 to be transferred. Try $4000! Yeah, that worked, now try another $4000. Nope. Hang on a sec, it’s not our account that’s the problem, it’s theirs. It won’t allow any more to be transferred into it. What’s with that anyway?

Once we worked that out we transferred the other $4000 into another account. That sorted out, we took possession of the car and headed for home. Once on the highway I took her to 150 kph and she was as smooth as. Pickup was fine, gear changes so smooth it wasn’t noticeable. Oncoming traffic caused me to reduce my speed to the 110kph limit, but that was fine as I was happy with the car’s performance, when all of a sudden the temp gauge went way over to the red. I immediately pulled over.

As I was slowing down the temp went back to normal and I figured it was only a minor glitch so I started to slowly accelerate again, but when the temperature started to rise I pulled over and called the RAA. I was put through to the RACV, the Melbourne counterpart.

“Excuse me sir, could you tell us your approximate location?”

“Well, I’m heading out of Melbourne on the Western Highway, and the last sign I passed said I was about 40k’s from Ballarat”

“Are there any distinguishing landmarks sir?”

“No, I’m in the middle of nowhere.”

“We are trying to approximate your position, can you tell me if you passed…” she gives me an indistinct name I no longer remember. I look to my wife in the hope I could will the correct response from her. No luck. Shit who looks at road signs when they have a GPS anyway?

To cut a long story short, after having three cars looking out for us, they located us and towed us to Ballun. Unfortunately they couldn’t fix the car as no parts could be found on the weekend, and I had to be back by Sunday. The wife was pretty stressed by then and tearing up. I tried to console her, telling her that everything would be alright. Shit the worst that could happen would be we lose the car completely and it would only take me about 40 years of Adsense earnings to make it up.

We caught a cab to the airport, and $145 later we’re trying to book a flight home to Adelaide, when…..

“I’m sorry sir, but the system is not accepting your credit card.”

As if enough things haven’t gone wrong, my credit card had to be maxed out. At least my debit card was working. We got those tickets and got out of that hell hole. I was almost about to spew up on the plane when it landed.

The end of my horror story.

OK, to reward you for putting up with that story, and because we are celebrating Halloween and all, I present to you this great little video, Tim Burtons “Vincent. I would have never found this video if hadn’t been for Stefan, one of my esteemed commentators, who has a brilliant post on how to automatically back up your computer.

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  1. Sire,seems like you had a terrible day out. I am sure I would have gone mad at such scenarios and I couldnt have managed that easily, especially when dealing with cash. Thats one of the reason I never go out without an impeccable plan. Several times my credit card has maxed out and I was desperate for cash. Luckily I have my phone on full charge so that I call friends and ask them to deposit cash. But there will be delay for prolonged hours.
    .-= Girish@Car Rental Auckland´s last blog ..Rugby World Cup Car Rentals =-.

    1. This was the first time ever for me. If I had known it was that low I would have put some money into it before I left.

  2. Hi Sire,
    That was quite an unforeseen scenario anybody would feel so stressed afterwards. It’s good that you have your wife at such a very unfavorable circumstance.

    Glad you’re back.
    .-= Mathdelane´s last blog ..Weekend Blog Feature: Thoughts About =-.

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    Yeah Sire, what’s going to happen to the BMW? Are you going to get it in a few days? You said they couldn’t get parts. Parts for what? What caused the car to overheat?

    That’s truly a really bad trip. It could have been worse though. (Don’t you hate it when people say that?) You didn’t have to fight any Crocs or get out boxed by a kangaroo. There’s that ;)
    .-= Brian@Internet Marketer’s Newsletter´s last blog ..Blog Directories – Can We Live Without Them? =-.

  4. OMG, that’s so awful! I’m telling you, we’ll all be better off when we move off of the grid and live off of the land with our friendly grizzlies. What an ordeal!
    .-= Heather Kephart´s last blog ..Writing Down the Bones =-.

    1. Lucky for us we don’t have grizzlies, but we would have to share with the roos which whould be a whole lot better than grizzlies.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..How Sexual Health Is Impoved By Oral Sex =-.

  5. So, what happened with the car? Are you fixing it? How are you gonna get it back from that “hell hole”? I am really sorry you had to go through that. Think of the bright side though, you were not alone and your wife was not alone in these conditions…
    .-= stratosg´s last blog ..Intrusion detection with Perl =-.

    1. Yeah, it’s getting fixed, and hopefully it’s not going to be a big bill.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..How Sexual Health Is Impoved By Oral Sex =-.

  6. What an ordeal. Lesson learned? Next time she can buy her own car?
    .-= Rose DesRochers´s last blog ..Meals on a Budget – Tuna Vegetable Casserole =-.

    1. Actually, the lesson I learned is to buy a car closer to home. My daughter wouldn’t have the means to buy her own car, at least not a safe one. As a parent I prefer to make sure that she drives a roadworthy car, rather than one she can afford.

  7. A very harrowing experience indeed, Sire. But being a dad who couldn’t even afford (hopefully just for now :) )to buy my 10-year-old kid his dream Vaio Notebook, I would gladly go through that pain if it means making my child happy with a BMW car. I mean, hey a BMW in our part of the world is not just ‘a car’. It’s ‘The Car’, old or new.

    Hey Sire, I too have been away for sometime from the blogging scene. I have just now started again to make the rounds of my favourite blogs, like extremeezine, softwarecritics, wassupblog, etc. Can’t help but notice the halloween twist in your blog now…from the header to the red text color and the black background. Cool touch.
    .-= James Moralde´s last blog ..My Western Digital External USB Hard Drive =-.

    1. James, as parents we obviously want the best for our kids and a lot of the time it means sacrificing something ourselves. The thing is, seeing the look on their face when receiving gifts etc. makes it all worthwhile.

      As for the Halloween look. Well, the only reason I decided to do it was because the FlexSqueeze theme makes it all so easy.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..How Sexual Health Is Impoved By Oral Sex =-.

  8. “most of the locks on the door”

    I have personally never been in a room with more than one lock. Should I start to look after better hotels? ;)

    Sounds like a real trip to hell. Did you manage to sort everything out and make money on it in the end?

    Also, big thank you for the mentioning. I truly love that clip about Vincent.
    .-= Stefan´s last blog ..Is This Where You Waste Your Time? =-.

    1. Well Stefan, apart from the usual lock on the handle, there was a bolt lock, but the bolt was missing, and a chain lock with the chain missing.

      As for looking for better hotels, I reckon it wouldn’t be too hard to find one better than the one we stayed in.

      Too early to tell whether we saved any money. Will have to wait and see how much the repairs cost.

  9. Well, the car is at the BMW dealership in Ballarat. The problem occurred because a plastic hose connection had gotten brittle with age causing one of the hoses to blow off. This naturally caused a sudden drop in coolant and everything went downhill from there.

    So far all I know is that they have pressure tested the engine and the no.4 cylinder is at 45%. Hopefully it’s only a blown gasket, but they won’t know until they pull the head off.

  10. Dude, that sucks! Sorry you had such a bad experience. Probably the only good thing of purchasing so far from home is you got to do the long test-drive and you were knowledgeable enough to pull over when the car heated up. Now when you hand the car over to your daughter, you know it will be in tip-top shape.

    Glad to have you back :)
    .-= Doug Dillard´s last blog ..Would Love Your Vote for the “Rookie Blogger of the Year” Award =-.

    1. That’s the way I look at it Dave. I reckon I’ll get a cheap flight once it’s fixed and I’ll still get to drive it back. I’m only hoping the repairs won’t set me back too much.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..How Sexual Health Is Impoved By Oral Sex =-.

    1. It was a private sale Mitch, and it wasn’t really their fault. I confirmed with the service department that there was no way for them to know that the part was on the way out. Just bad luck on my part, something that I am used to these days.

        1. Yeah, it’s like I’ve always said, shit happens, and when it does I’m usually the one stuck in the middle of it.

          No worries though, at least by the time I get it back it should be as good as new.

  11. Holy crap Sire that royally sucks I would have lost my mind, I dont have patience for shit like this at all. At least your home safe.
    .-= Extreme John@Extreme John Blogs and Business´s last blog ..The Slacker is Back =-.

    1. Yep, that’s the most important thing. I’ve just found out that it’s going to cost me another 6 grand to fix it. Man shit just loves happening to me.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..Elgardo National Lottery Funding NL Bullshit Email Scam =-.

  12. That is absolutely awful about the car. Even though the previous owner may not have known about it, aren’t there some kind of “lemon laws” that say if a vehicle you recently purchased falls apart, you have the right to return it. Especially on the same day? Either way, good luck with it.

    ~ Kristi
    .-= Kikolani @ Blogging´s last blog ..The New StumbleUpon – Likes and Dislikes =-.

  13. Not that I am aware of Kristi, and I wasn’t in the mood to Google it at the time. never mind, at least the car will be almost as good as new when I finally get it back.

  14. What a day from hell! Next time I feel slightly annoyed, I’m going to think about that particular 24 hours of your life and get some perspective. ;)
    .-= christie´s last blog ..Dr. Don Stewart and DS Art – MiscBytes Niche of the Month! =-.

    1. Yep, sometimes putting things in perspective can change one’s outlook on life.

  15. Sire,
    All in all, I’m glad you & family are home safely now. It was a tough trip alright. I had one of those days too but I prefer not to remember it. lol.. We have a saying here that’s similar to this: after all the ill-fortunes, good things are coming you way. I hope the same for you too. ^^

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    1. Thanks Ching Ya, one can only hope that good fortune will come my way.

  16. it is really horror trip for you, you should have fixed it, before you used it! but anyway if you are going to have another trip use LastMinuteTravel, they have a good services and a good deals! they will always find you a good hotels to stay in. wow! i think you should also try LastMinutetravel

    1. Thanks Pau, but the problem did occur until after the drive home. Also, unless they pulled all the hoses of, something mechanics rarely do unless the hoses look worn, they would have missed it. All in all it was just bad luck.

  17. That is absolutely awful about the car. Even though the previous owner may not have known about it, aren’t there some kind of “lemon laws” that say if a vehicle you recently purchased falls apart, you have the right to return it. Especially on the same day? Either way, good luck with it.
    .-= haber´s last blog ..Ankara’da Yanğın =-.

    1. Not that I know of, at least not when it’s a private sale. The car is fine now that I’ve spent $6000 to repair it.

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