Last night my engine threw a belt. So no hot water for me then. This morning I went to the motor factors on the industrial estate to buy a 950 x 11.9 belt. They had one in stock which I bought And I ordered two more 950 x 13. Total price £19.64 for the three. When it came time to fit the belt I could not find it. I searched high and low but to no avail. I retraced my steps all the way the the motor factors but no joy!
I had heard of another place where I duly went to get another belt. They had a belt, in stock, and I bought it. Now I don’t mind paying the going price, but I do object to getting ripped off. The second company charged me £19.16 for one belt. I pointed out that that couldn’t be right as I had bought one earlier at the motor factors for £5.66 + VAT and that the total bill for three belts had been £19.64. He assured me it was. Given that I needed the belt I paid.
I decided on the way home to go to the co-op and whilst there an Eastern European chappie who had seen the belt hanging on my bicycle asked me if I had lost a belt. There in his hand was the belt I bought this morning. I thanked him profusely! So now I had two belts and two on back order. I returned to the boat to fit the belt. The original one didn’t fit – too long. So I fitted the expensive one instead.
I can get a shower tonight.
EDIT: the company who charged excessively was BRAMMER www.brammer.biz.