Expert mechanic worth it when you're in a tight spot

IT'S $84 well spent. That's the cost of an annual subscription to the RACQ.

I've been a member since 2011 and I'm so pleased that I know I have that peace of mind.

The last time I called on the RACQ was last weekend.

I had snuck out of work to grab a coffee with my wife at Lightbox. I parked the car in Goondoon St just beside Kullaroo House.

Had a great coffee, and wandered back to the car.

It was a little tight between a ute in front and a lovely black VW SUV behind.

I had to reverse a little to get out of the car park but when I went to put it back into drive the good old auto decided it wanted to remain in reverse.

It wouldn't go into park. All I had was neutral and reverse. Stuck.

And by this time my towball was about 250mm from the front bumper of the VW.

So, I called the RACQ and spoke to a friendly operator who said there would be a serviceman with me within the hour.

Sure enough, within about 20 minutes the serviceman, Andrew, arrived, leaned on the car. "What's up mate, flat battery?"

"No, I replied. The auto's stuck in reverse."

"Oh that's easy," he said and lay down in the gutter, reached under and grabbed hold of the gear change lever.

"Common fault with these," he said. "The change cable's broken."

So, with his expertise we got back into drive, and he guided me forward and around, so that I was heading downhill.

"Well," he said. "What do you want to do?"

I suggested that I would drive the car to my garage, and leave it outside overnight to have it repaired the next day.

"Okay, I'll follow you and bring you back."

Which is exactly what he did.

What brilliant service. It made what could have been an extremely time-consuming experience into one that was simple.