Apparently it's that time of year again.
Normally I get a reminder through the post around December [the year before last it was on Christmas Eve] but this time around – nothing.
I was left to my own devices to discover that the car needs its NCT [MOT or car test to you foreigners].
The NCT is a recurring pain in the hole. I do however agree that since it was introduced there are far fewer cars driving around with the exhaust pipe dragging along the ground and with only half a headlight working. Seeing as I agree with the principle, it's hard to complain about getting my own done.
I realised recently that the car is due its test on the 9th of February. A week? Plenty time.
I went into their website to book a slot. Nothing in February. I tried March. Nada. How about April? Dream on! I got to May before finding a slot at 8:40 AM on the 9th. If they think I am getting up before the crack of dawn to drive up to Dublin in the rush hour they can fuck off.
I rang them. I got on to a pleasant enough chap who made no comment when I told him I had never received a reminder. He probably gets that all the time. Anyhows, I am now on what they call a "priority list" which means they are going to send me a text when they get a cancelation or something. This is a bugger on two counts. The first is that they are bound to pick a day when I have something more important on, and the second is that I now have to keep the car clean all the time. The latter is a physical impossibility when I have a dog who insists on traveling everywhere with me and who sheds gigantic quantities of white hair all the time.
My phone always seems to be out of power or I forget to check it, so it's unlikely I'll get their message anyway.
Technically it is illegal to drive without a valid NCT bit of paper on the windscreen.
Technically I will be breaking the law in a week's time if I drive.
Technically I will not be able to use the car for anything until after the test.
It's their fault there is a three month waiting list, not mine.
They can kiss my exhaust pipe.