Episode 189. Vauxhall Omega. Y841 TBK. (Part 1).

So then, car number three, the March car... Well, I can honestly say without fear of contraception er, contradiction that the March car didn't start out very smoothly! As promised by my insurer when I swapped from the Frontera to the 416 Tourer that they wouldn't continue to insure my car if I changed it again! I thought I'd still try my luck and see if they would, but no, they stuck to their word. Which I guess is fair enough, they probably don't need my money anyway! But that was the least of my worries really...


I'm guessing theres a few of you reading who are thinking, why have I used a photo of a Vauxhall Omega, and a Jaguar X-type? Well, here's my explanation. I had planned a trip to Germany, and I wanted something big enough to carry three adults, two children, all our luggage, and possibly tow a car transporter trailer home. So I decided in my wisdom or otherwise that the way forward was to buy a Jaguar X-type estate. Now, by all accounts if you travel across Europe in your car you're supposed to carry amoungst other things all your documents with you including your driving licence, insurance, and V5c etc. Knowing this I bought the Jaguar a good eight weeks ago to give the DVLA time to get the documents back to me. About four weeks after buying the Jaguar I still hadn't received the documents so I went online to see what iIshould do, the advice on the DVLA website was that it could take up to six weeks to get the documents and not to bother contacting them until after the six weeks were up. I thought fair enough, and hoped that they would arrive ontime as I still had just over three weeks until I was planning to go. A couple of days before I was planning to go, I still didn't have the documents, I was starting to get a bit concerned, but I thought not to worry, I'll cross my fingers, go for it, and hope I don't get stopped! However, I was talking to my Dad and Brother about it all, and their advise was to phone the DVLA. So, one day I sat there on hold to the DVLA thinking to myself, quick, hang up before someone answers. Unfortunately for me, someone answered... Bugger! Against my better judgement, I told the person at the DVLA, who incidentally sounded like a 12 year old boy with a bit of a little Hitler complex what my predicament was. I told him that I was planning to go to Germany in a car that I'd bought nearly two months previously, but I needed the V5c. His response was that the previous owner, had not yet sent the documents in!! WHAT?! He then said that I couldn't take it without them! I said that I had the new keepers supplement. He said that it didn't matter, asI  needed the full document! So then I said, that I had no choice, everything was booked, and I was going to go for it! To which he replied that I couldn't, because it was illegal!! It wasn't illegal, said I, but he then butted in, and said that car theft is a SERIOUS crime! Honestly, I felt like I was being told off by a school boy! So I told him that I hadn't stolen a car, and even if I had, in the grand scheme of things car theft is NOT a serious crime, it's a crime, yes, but not a serious one! By this time I felt he was a bit condesending, and insolent, and frankly he was starting to urinate me right off! He then informed me very matter of factly that car theft is a very serious crime! Well, that was it for me, and probably where it all really started to go shitfaced, so I then interjected, Ok then, imagine this, you come home from your crappy little day job to find that someones murderd your family, and nicked your rubbish little car, which do you consider to be the serious crime? For me, I wouldn't give a hoot about the car! Understandably he wasn't happy about my insubordination, but politely told me that I couldn't take my new car to Germany without the V5c, as I would need it to prove that it wasn't a stolen car that I was taking abroad to sell! By now, thoroughly wee'd off I retorted I'M TAKIN' IT! His response? No you're not, I am going to report it as a possible stolen vehicle so if you try to take it through the passport control they will stop you, and sieze your car and belongings!? WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!? Are you freakin' kidding me? I've got to hand it to him, that was game, set, and match to the twelve year old with the Hitler complex working at the DVLA! I hung up immediately before my big stupid mouth got me in any more trouble, and wished I'd followed my inititial plan and just gone for it! So, with just two days before I was planning to go to Germany a new plan was needed, and needed fast. I consulted with Mrs. Clint, whos words of wisdom were that I'd better sort something out quickly, as she would not be cancelling our trip! Ok then, thanks for the help babe.

By chance, about half an hour later while I was walking into work I passed a parked car with a for sale sign in the window, it was the silver Vauxhall Omega in the photo with the Jaguar, so, I called the owner up. The owner said that he was looking for about £1000 for it, which for a V6 quite well looked after Omega sounded quite a good price (hopefully). I thought it was pretty tidy and asked if he could meet me, about an hour later we met, had a chat about it, had a quick test drive, and then I handed over £950, as that was as low as he was going to go, and don't forget, with Mrs Clints words ringing in my ears, I was desperate for a car. Pretty soon I was on my way home to show a hopefully happy Mrs Clint the car we would be travelling in! What is that, she said as I pulled up. I said proudly it's a V6 Vauxhall Omega, with oodles of history, and long MOT, and a nearly full tank of go-go juice that we were going to take to Germany. She said I was an idiot (which is probably true), and what about the V5c. I said to keep everything crossed, besides, what could possibly go wrong? Ha Haaaaaaaaaaa... Famous last words! So then, here's is the March car, incidentally, the documents for the Jaguar arrived while we were away in Germany, and they say that I am the second owner, and that I bought the car in April 2012!! Something a bit iffy there me thinks but more on that saga next month. I know it's a bit of a spoiler, but obviously next months car wil be the Jag, but lets dwell on that later, for now, I present the March car...


A 2001 Vauxhall Omega estate, with a 2.6litre V6 petrol engine, and just 135956 miles showing on the odometer. Well, I must confess, this isn't the kind of car I would usually track down, however, my Dad bought a new one when they came out in 1994, and I quite liked it. However, my Dad, for reasons best known to himself always tends to buy the poverty model, and this isn't. When I bought it, I took it round to see me Dad who was fairly confused as to why I would buy such a thing, but upon having a go in it, he was quite impressed with the comfort levels, and the extra power that the V6 had over his 2.0litre. He even said that it was nicer than the one he had back in 1994... Wow, that seems years ago now! Have they really been around so long?

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