borrowed a trade plate from a friend, dug out the old girl and took for a half hour drive. lamentably it was only a suburban tootle but such is life.
found some more issues with it when I washed it later though....
all the rubber tubes or boots that cover the door harness seem to have perished and i'll need to get new ones. also did an electrics test. seems as though a bulb has blown whilst the vehicles has been sitting idle.
more parts fro when i make a call to my preferred dealer again i guess.