Nothing sells like Drama

So my car went in for its service in last week.  A week ago. 

My car has gone back to the service center, because I have revs upon revs and yet the car does not want to move.  It is painful, it tests my patience and all that I can still deal with – what I cannot cope with is the fear of getting stuck with a car that does not want to move in the middle of a busy intersection. 

The service center has just contacted me asking whether I am sitting.  Naturally I was beyond furious, because frankly this is not my problem.  This wasn’t an issue pre-service.  This has never been a problem.  So naturally the fact that I have this problem POST-service, is their problem and I want it fixed.

Their solution is to take my whole gearbox out. 

Their solution is also going to cost me R 1800.00 before they have started anything.  Gearbox out R 900.00.  Gearbox in R 900.00.  Fix the problem is still to be placed in the equation. 

My solution includes, sitting, feeling sorry for myself and moping for the rest of the day.  Or until the problem is fixed.  Magically! 

Kobus solution, possibly the most realistic of all:  Find an alternative option. 

He has a work colleague who knows about cars.  Who will give us a realistic picture.  He does not have an ulterior motive, like monthly targets or any form of personal gain.  Like I said very realistic.  Unfortunately this will include me driving* the car as is for the next day and a half until the weekend.  Which brings us to the full circle of:

Nothing sells like drama!

* The service center advised Kobus that we won’t do any damage to the car by driving it as is.  It will just rev up.  But I cannot break anything.  Which is a relief to know.  Should I say, would be a relief to know if I didn’t have to drive it.  Maybe I should follow Twisty Girl’s example of Public Transport?

I needed to add what Logan’s solution is:  Kovice will sort it out.  And just wait until Kovice gets home!


Never in my history of car services as a female alone have I…

Yesterday my car went in for a well-deserved service.  Kobus was the sweetheart that facilitated the whole thing.  We were quoted R 1500-1800.00 for the service in question however in all honesty I was expecting much worst.  It turns out taking a man along goes a long way!!

First off I need to mention that I believe we all take our chances in business, I believe we all take “advantage” of a person’s inexperience in certain situations were we have the upper-hand.  I also believe we are all a bit prejudice.  What I certainly did not expect, was getting far better service because I decided to tag a man (a very handsome man, who happens to be my fiancé) along when coming for the service.

These are a couple of things I happened to notice when tagging my very handsome man and fiancé along to my service :

  • I received the dirty and used air filter in a box as a gift, along with the used spark plugs.  Never in my history of car services as a female alone have I ever received these before.
  • Never in my history of services as a female alone have I ever paid less than the actual quoted amount.  It was only a couple of rands less than R 1500.00, but I am not complaining.
  • In the past I was told my brake-pads are finished and it needs replacing.  Implying right now, it cannot wait a moment later.  This time I was advised that it would need replacing in about a 1000km.
  • I received a quote for a couple of things that needs to be done around the car, new brake light globes etc.  On a formal quotation, with the labour quoted separately – fully knowing that the man in my life would much rather just do that himself, instead of paying someone R 164.74 to do it for me.
  • I get called Mrs. Swart when my fiancé books the car service for me and I quite like it!!

So what have you learnt when tagging a man a long to certain traditionally more manly related events or functions.

p.S  It is exhausting to be so politically correct!   I.E.  traditionally more manly related events or functions.

Happy happy weekend!!