Hi! my name is Francis, I’m a young Aboriginal man living a remote part of Cape York on my traditional homelands. I currently work has a Aboriginal Ranger looking after my traditional lands. For the past 3 years, I have save enough money to purchase a vehicle to get me around and also to provide a safe and reliable means of transportation. I currently living 4 hours away from medical help and 8 hours away from the nearest major center in North Queensland (Cairns) and knowing i had a reliable vehicle available is important.
I found a vehicle in Townsville, and purchased it, my father drove it the 1200 km from Townsville to home, during the last 50 km the engine started to over heat. Contact was made with the car dealer and they ask if we could get the vehicle back down to them. It was going to cost $6500-00 to get a tow truck to drive from Cairns to Home and back to Townsville. I couldn’t afford this. I was able to save enough to ask a mobile mechanic to inspect the vehicle, we thought it was the water pump, the mechanic fitted a new one. Problem was not fixed. After long draw out discussion with the car dealership, it was agreed that if we could get the vehicle to a garage on the Atherton Tablelands. They would pay for this to be tested and they would pay for parts to fix the vehicle . After testing it was revealed there was a crank in the engine block. A new engine was needed. The car dealer agreed to pay for the parts and I would have to pay for the labour and transportation of the vehicle to the garage.
Now, the final 350 km to my home is dirt road, and getting a tow truck out on this was going to cost a lot of money, we were able to get it on the back of a truck heading south to were the bitumen starts, my father was able to borrow a Ute and hire a car trailer to transport it to the garage. To do this trip it would take him 24 hrs.
OK, the vehicle got to the garage, inspected and yes the engine block was damaged. The dealer has kept his side of your arrangements, and I currently have a bill for $2666.00. One of the hardship of living in remote parts of Australia, the cost of living is very high, and it take great sacrifices to be able to save. given this it would take me quiet awhile to save these needed funds. My other concern living in a remote area, and if the need every arise that help is need quickly, I would be able to assist in a vehicle that I know get myself and other out of trouble.