I caught an episode of the TV programme Rip off Britain today which had an item about insurance companies writing off peoples cars when they had an accident and paying out very little for the written off vehicle when it would have been possible to repair it.

Having seen the item there was one of the stories that made me wonder who was trying to perpetrate the rip off, although often with reporting on television it is hard to get to the truth as they frequently don’t tell the full story.

The case in question involved a father and son whose Range Rover would not start and according to the story the AA took it away to repair it under their insurance which seemed a little odd as I would have thought the correct thing to do would have been to take it to a Range Rover garage if it needed repair.

It transpired later that the vehicle had suspension damage as well as the problem of not starting so the insurance company wrote it off and I believe attempted to pay the father and son an amount which they said was not the true value of the vehicle and they thought it was worth considerably more.

The story didn’t seem to make sense to me from the start but I may have got the wrong end of the stick but I believe the father and son were implying that the suspension had been damaged when the Range Rover was taken away by the AA.

I am what might be described as a petrolhead, in that I have quite a few cars and appreciate and understand the workings of them and everything that goes with maintaining a car properly.

This story just didn’t ring true and I thought that reading between the lines it felt more like the father and son had damaged the Range Rover before calling the AA to say it wouldn’t start and were actually the ones that were trying a scam, I could be completely wrong but it just felt like that.

There are a considerable number of scams going round at the moment, from the one from HMRC that you need to pay your tax and the one from the Post Office which says you need to pay the postage for a parcel you are expecting which tend to make one sceptical about everything.

I have been around for quite a few years now so have developed a bit of a feel for things that aren’t quite right and often if something doesn’t feel right it frequently isn’t right, as they say if something seems to good to be true it probably is.

Gang jailed for stolen Land Rover conspiracy | Shropshire Star


About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase.
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