Strange noises and a horrible smell of burning rubber last Wednesday made me drive the car straight to my local garage. With the car on the ramp is was soon apparent that the front passenger side suspension coil spring had broken, and that the base of it was resting on the surface of the tyre and shredding it.
Happily they managed to obtain a spring and fit it that day. The spring was priced at £88 plus VAT and with labour, the bill came to £201.60.
That was half of the cost! The other half was the tyre. Only one place in town had tyres of the right size in stock, and it wasn't a super-budget brand (I usually get them for about £90 each, but they have to get them in). It was a Goodyear, and fitted, came to £185.
I have a Warranty with Car Protect so I phoned them. They cover the cost of the coil spring, and one hour of labour at £39, minus a £50 excess. They don't cover the damage to the tyre, even though it was caused by the mechanical failure of the coil spring. So I will only get back a little over £100.
An expensive Wednesday!