The Tired Old Car, a Tale of Frustration

There’s nothing worse than standing on the side of the road, red-faced, late for something important and embarrassed by your broken down car.

In this article, we’re sharing a tale of frustration about a tired old car, a man late for a meeting, and an awesome Cash for Cars company that saved the day!

When Stewart pulled up to the traffic lights between Adelaide St and Edward St on Monday morning at 8.45am, he was not the least bit surprised when his piece-of-crap car broke down. Of course, it had to happen at one of the busiest intersections in the inner city, during peak hour traffic, on the single most important day of his life.

What a joke, he thought, flicking his hazard lights on.

Angry office workers piled up behind him, beeping their horns in frustration. Some even had the nerve to roll down their windows and yell at him, while others just passed by on the street laughing.

Stewart dug his phone out of his pocket and tried to call his boss. No battery. Shit.

For months he had been trying to sell this car on Gumtree. First, he priced it at $2000, then at $1500. Now, he would be lucky if he could get $100 for it. The clutch was burnt out, the air conditioning system was useless, and the gearbox was dodgier than his Uncle Barry.

He looked around. There was nowhere to push his car, let alone leave it there for the rest of the day. Every single parking space was taken. The bus lane was packed. Even the nearest taxi rank was overflowing.

Stewart grabbed his wallet and jumped out of the car. It was total chaos. People were crossing the road in all directions, juggling coffee cups, bagels and briefcases.

“Hey, man! You can’t leave you car there,” one guy yelled. “Yeah, you’re blocking the whole right lane,” roared another.

Stewart made a beeline for the pay phone. He picked up the receiver and opened his wallet. There was one 5c coin. Jesus Christ. He asked a few people around him for spare change, but they all said no. This day was going from bad to worse.

Suddenly, he saw a girl drop her phone on the ground and he jumped at the opportunity.

“Excuse me? Do you think I could borrow your phone for just one minute? My car broke down, and I don’t have any spare coins for the pay phone.” He gave her a flashy smile and instantly regretted it.

“Uhhhhh…..” She hesitated. “Sure, just one minute though, right?”

Stewart nodded. The girl smiled nervously and handed the phone to him. Crap, he thought, I don’t remember anyone’s phone number.

“I don’t suppose you would have the number for RACQ or a towing company stored on your phone would you?”

The girl laughed. “No, sorry. But I do have the number for a car wrecking company. Yeah, they’re called Metal Biz. They came and collected my car a week ago. They gave me $500 for it too.”

Praise the Lord! The girl dialled the number and Stewart explained everything to the guy on the other end. He was helpful and courteous, and able to bring his tow truck into the city in just 30-40 minutes.

The best part? Stewart received cash for his car, and he used some of it to buy the largest coffee available and a one-way bus ticket outta there! With a little help from his coworkers, he even managed to make it to his important mid-day meeting.


Metal Biz is the premier Cash for Cars company in Brisbane. Are you interested in turning your old car into pockets of change? Call Metal Biz now on 1300 SCRAP CAR or get a free online quote today to find out how we could help you get out of a frustrating situation.