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140 Euro is the cost of being stupid

went to visit an apartment in France (near Basel) from Geneva in the evening; left the car lights open by mistake , locked the car with key (which should not have locked if lights were open) , and came back after 1 hour to discover that the battery has been drained.

It was very cold evening, and all garages were closed (around 7PM), so called the emergency help and the guy came and started the car in 3 minutes.

The bill, a whopping 140 Euro (107 euro for cost of intervention, and 50% add-on for calling after 6 (which he kindly reduced some 25-30%)

I wonder if this cost is covered by my car insurance or TCS cover.

But I was really angry at myself for paying that sort of money
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Old 17.10.2011, 10:58
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went to visit an apartment in France (near Basel) from Geneva in the evening; left the car lights open by mistake , locked the car with key (which should not have locked if lights were open) , and came back after 1 hour to discover that the battery has been drained.

It was very cold evening, and all garages were closed (around 7PM), so called the emergency help and the guy came and started the car in 3 minutes.

The bill, a whopping 140 Euro (107 euro for cost of intervention, and 50% add-on for calling after 6 (which he kindly reduced some 25-30%)

I wonder if this cost is covered by my car insurance or TCS cover.

But I was really angry at myself for paying that sort of money
why didn't you just call tcs? or bump start the car yourself???
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went to visit an apartment in France (near Basel) from Geneva in the evening; left the car lights open by mistake , locked the car with key (which should not have locked if lights were open) , and came back after 1 hour to discover that the battery has been drained.

It was very cold evening, and all garages were closed (around 7PM), so called the emergency help and the guy came and started the car in 3 minutes.

The bill, a whopping 140 Euro (107 euro for cost of intervention, and 50% add-on for calling after 6 (which he kindly reduced some 25-30%)

I wonder if this cost is covered by my car insurance or TCS cover.

But I was really angry at myself for paying that sort of money
Why did you need to start a thread on this?
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Why do you need to start a thread on this?
beacuse it's both a complain/rant and a question?

-rant about being dumb and paying the price
-question: Is this covered?

seems legit to me....
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Re: 140 Euro is the cost of being stupid

The OP needed to vent off and share - understandable IMO.
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Re: 140 Euro is the cost of being stupid

needed to get it out, so started a thread in the complaints corner;


for TCS, yes the idea came late since wanted to get back to the road (was with wife and kid); though will be checking with them today if the could cover the cost.

Could not bump start because it is a big car, was parked infront of a light pole on a busy street, and would have needed 2-3 more people to push the car.
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why didn't you just call tcs? or bump start the car yourself???
Well, although the OP doesn't say, if it was an auto, or a diesel, then it wouldn't have been possible.
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beacuse it's both a complain/rant and a question?

-rant about being dumb and paying the price
-question: Is this covered?

seems legit to me....
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The OP needed to vent off and share - understandable IMO.
Ok, sorry...must be Monday or sumting.



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went to visit an apartment in France (near Basel) from Geneva in the evening; left the car lights open by mistake , locked the car with key (which should not have locked if lights were open) , and came back after 1 hour to discover that the battery has been drained.

It was very cold evening, and all garages were closed (around 7PM), so called the emergency help and the guy came and started the car in 3 minutes.

The bill, a whopping 140 Euro (107 euro for cost of intervention, and 50% add-on for calling after 6 (which he kindly reduced some 25-30%)

I wonder if this cost is covered by my car insurance or TCS cover.

But I was really angry at myself for paying that sort of money
Awww, are you ok...don't worry about it. It happens to the best of us. Let me know if you need a hug k?

Ehmm, I don't know whether it is covered by your insurance as I didn't co-sign your policy...but please let me know if you'd like me (or anybody else) to be there for emotional support for when you call the insurance.
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Old 17.10.2011, 11:07
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needed to get it out, so started a thread in the complaints corner;


for TCS, yes the idea came late since wanted to get back to the road (was with wife and kid); though will be checking with them today if the could cover the cost.

Could not bump start because it is a big car, was parked infront of a light pole on a busy street, and would have needed 2-3 more people to push the car.
Why not call TCS and ask the question, I have always found them very helpful.

You live and you learn, do not get so stressed or worked up about these things, no one is perfect, put it down to experience.

Life is not orderly it is just us human being who try to make it that way.
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went to visit an apartment in France (near Basel) from Geneva in the evening; left the car lights open by mistake , locked the car with key (which should not have locked if lights were open) , and came back after 1 hour to discover that the battery has been drained.
Most modern-ish cars have a buzzer which sounds if you leave the headlights on and open the door. If your car doesn't have it, you can buy kits from auto-stores or places like Maplin which any decent auto-electrician should be able to fit.
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Re: 140 Euro is the cost of being stupid

I'm pretty sure you won't leave the headlights on from now on

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Most modern-ish cars have a buzzer which sounds if you leave the headlights on and open the door. If your car doesn't have it, you can buy kits from auto-stores or places like Maplin which any decent auto-electrician should be able to fit.

I think most modern cars switch the lights off automaticaly when you lock the doors lol
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Awww, are you ok...don't worry about it. It happens to the best of us. Let me know if you need a hug k?

Ehmm, I don't know whether it is covered by your insurance as I didn't co-sign your policy...but please let me know if you'd like me (or anybody else) to be there for emotional support for when you call the insurance.
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Most modern-ish cars have a buzzer which sounds if you leave the headlights on and open the door. If your car doesn't have it, you can buy kits from auto-stores or places like Maplin which any decent auto-electrician should be able to fit.

we got one from coop home and hobby, was a few francs and only needed 1 wire to be connected, simples
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You left out the good one...
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You left out the good one...
plane with turbines built in wings
That is not in compaints corner....
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Most modern-ish cars have a buzzer which sounds if you leave the headlights on and open the door. If your car doesn't have it, you can buy kits from auto-stores or places like Maplin which any decent auto-electrician should be able to fit.

yeah that happens with my car as well eg when I lock it using the key or the small button on the door.

The car would not have locked if I used my key; I locked it using the small button on the door and doors locked. This gave me a false sense of assurance that all is OK

The lesson learnt is obviously to use the key always


You know the worst part is that I had to drive back to Mulhouse , and my daughter was too tired to eat something before sleeping - so was feeling more guilty than angry.
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Re: 140 Euro is the cost of being stupid

We broke down yesterday evening, coming back to Geneva from Annemasse on the french side; horrors.
We rang the TCS and within an hour a TCS affiliated breakdown lorry had turned up, tried and failed to re-start the car, then towed it across the border to our garage in Plan-des-Ouates, GE. Cost? Nothing....
Check with them if they'll cover you retroactively, personally I think they're wonderful!
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Re: 140 Euro is the cost of being stupid

Woke up with this blonde next to me.

Seemed genuine enough, but then she insisted on breakfast instead of just catching the bus to work.

It cost me CHF 13.80 to get some bread, milk and coffee.

Would the TCS or REGA take care of the croissants and the broad if I have special coverage?
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Woke up with this blonde next to me.
perhaps start your own thread if you want people to listen to your rant
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Woke up with this blonde next to me.
What was his name?
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