I changed the track rod ends yesterday, as I had a day off work. Today, during my lunchbreak, I thought I'd get the wheel alignment checked.
Went to ATS and asked if they could do it while I waited, "Not today, might be able to fit you in tomorrow".
Next, to Kwik Fit (not my favourite place!) and asked the same thing. "Can't do it today, I'm waiting for the alignment machine to be fixed". Strange that his colleague hadn't mentioned that when I phoned earlier that day to ask the price and he'd offered to book me in.
Next, to STS Tyre Pro. I parked up outside their reception area and the manager, who I've seen before, came running out and tried to yank my driver's door open (it was locked). I opened the window and was about to ask why he was asking for a slap, when he started shouting "THERE'S A BOMB SCARE AT THIS END OF THE HIGH STREET WE CAN'T LET ANY CUSTOMERS IN YOU HAVE TO LEAVE IMMEDIATELY!" Calm down fella I told him.
Next to another branch of Kwik Fit, this one with virtually no parking facilities (or rather 3 spaces, all taken up by their staff). I drove into the workshop and a monkey with a broom asked if I could perhaps park it outside next to the black VW. Is there a space there, I asked. Yes definately, he replied. I reversed out into the busy road and looked at the "space next to the black VW" and I tell you, you couldn't get a BMX in there. Luckilly for broom-boy I couldn't leave the car anywhere near there so I couldn't go and wrap his broom around his neck.
Back to STS Tyre Pro to see if the police had left the high street yet. They had indeed left, but so had the STS staff - they'd shut up shop and b*****g off home.
Finally found a tyre fitters to do the alignment on my way home from work in the evening.