'I can't afford to heat my flat, so I'm sleeping in my car': Man protests over rocketing energy prices

Mark Synes says new 'biomass' heating system gobbled up to 30 per cent of his income, forcing him to sit indoors in a hat, coat and blankets to keep warm

I can't afford my car

A man who says he cannot afford to heat his flat is sleeping in his car in protest until housing chiefs look into his rocketing energy bills.

Mark Synes has vowed to kip in his motor outside the block after a new 'biomass' heating system was installed, which has so far cost him £180 a month.

The 47-year-old suffers from angina, lower abdominal reflex disease and needs to bathe four times a day, but the pricey new pay-as-you-go heating left him washing in cold water.

He also had to resort to wearing coats, blankets and woolly hats indoors in a desperate bid to keep warm as temperatures across the country plunged to below freezing.

I can't afford my car

However after spending nights in his vehicle in protest, Mark has been struck down with 'pains in his arms and chest' and been treated in hospital , reports the Liverpool Echo.

The association Villages Housing has pledged to investigate residents' complaints about the cost of their utility bills at the high-rise in Stockbridge Village, Merseyside.

Mark said: “I have a number of health conditions, I have sciatica in my hips and knees, I have angina, which flared up last night so I had to call an ambulance, and I have diabetes.

“I also have a disease which means that I have accidents and I need to bath throughout the day. With the new system in place I can’t afford to heat the flat for more than a few days of the week.

I can't afford my car

“I’m spending 20 to 30 per cent of my weekly income on heating. Once I’ve spent that much I have to stop putting money in the meter because I just don’t have any more money to live off.

“I am going to stay out here every night until I get a meeting with a director. No matter how many times I get in touch with them I cannot get an answer.

"They say the directors are too busy, but enough is enough now. Someone needs to do something.”

Mark says Villages have offered him a meeting but not with a director.

He added: “I don’t want to go back and sleep in my car tonight but I will have to because I want the issues sorted.”

Managing director at Villages David Cummins said: “While we cannot comment on individual cases, Villages staff are working with customers to support any issues they have.”

I can't afford my car

Earlier this month, the Echo reported on how a group of residents protested against the rise in costs of the new heating system.

Residents had raised a number of issues about the system and Peter Smith said he was paying £1.50 an hour to heat his home - despite it costing just £8 a week before a new biomass system was installed at the end of October.

He added: “This whole fiasco has been a joke since day one. We may as well burn the money we are putting in it, it would keep us warmer.”

Promises to sort out all the issues came after a group of about 50 tenants met outside their community hall on January 3 to march on Villages Housing Association's offices.


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check engine light came on and took it to be serviced. cant afford the $1300 right now how bad is this to keep driving the car ? It seems ok.

dscott1 answered 3 years ago

yes. its just for emitions. everything will run fine

dandyoun answered 3 years ago

If its real bad can cause un do back pressure or even get so hot it glows red. This could cause more damage or even catch fire in worse case . I would not wait to long.

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scrubboat answered 3 years ago

thank-you all will fix soon!

Jeff answered 3 years ago

It is more than likely the rear O2 sensor rather than the catalytic converter.

Mozzie answered 3 years ago

check the warranty on your emisions system. It's longer than the rest of the car.

Nick answered 3 years ago

the warranty means nothing if you're not the orrigional owner, also look into other brands of catalytic converters, they'll cost less than at a dealer. I got my foreward cat through Borla, it's a direct fit cat (just bolts in) took 30 mins to do on my Subaru and cost $450 instead of $600, also you could have a universal cat put in for the secondary cat that would do just fine and they're about $200. The reason the front is so much is your're replacing more than just the cat, you're replacing the exhaust manifold to because it's all one piece.

Guru9TPFH answered 2 months ago

Can you just bypass or replace the catalytic converter with a pipe?

F_O_R answered 2 months ago

You cannot legally bypass a catalytic converter.

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Driving car after accident because cant afford new one

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Is 8k the salvage value? Can you get a comparable vehicle for 8k? If not, insurance is not making you whole.

There are lot of (used) cars that you can buy out right for 8k. With 8k downpayment, you can buy most cars other than super luxury ones (say > 50k total price). Not that you should buy such a vehicle.

ETA: "salvage value" is not the right term. What I meant was, is insurance going to total the vehicle and are they you offering 8k. Or are they not totaling the vehicle and offering 8k towards repairing it. In either case, looks like you are not made whole.

ETA: What do you mean by " repair is $11,000 for repair with insurance and $7500 without insurance"? What exactly is the difference between the two estimates (for the large variation in dollar amounts)?

This doesn't make sense at all. Did the insurance give you $8,000 to fix the car? Then it wouldn't be totalled. Did they total it and let you keep the car plus gave you $8,000? If so, they might want you to salvage it for liability reasons. Once it's rebuilt and inspected, it can be driven again. And why after 4 months don't you cash the check? Wait any longer and you won't be able to. And it was a used car. Why do you think you have to buy a new car?


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My car was stolen and my sister isn't claiming it on the insurance do to the fact we cant afford the rates going up. I had to spend 500 bucks i dont have for new tools for work so i can still have a job. I cant afford the tow fees kr repair fees that will be coming once they find my car. Anything can hp and will be appreciated greatly

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What If I Can't Afford to Get My Car Out of Impound?

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At a minimum, find out which tow yard has your car and work out a deal with them. Take your title in with you and sign it over. You may have to pay them for the cost of towing, storage, and other administrative fees over and above what your car is worth. Now, if you think your car is worth more than the fees but you don't have the money for all the fees and insurance, you can still turn the title over to them and they will sell the car. Obviously, the tow company isn't a car dealership so they aren't in the business to do high pressure car deals. They will sell it as quickly as they can to the easiest buyer and as close to their costs as they can. If they do sell it for more than what your costs are, they should return or refund you the difference.