Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Car Trouble

I seriously have the worst luck ever. Ever since I was driving, I have always taken my own car to get it serviced/oil changed/fix/etc. I don't need someone to hold my hand, and more importantly, I'm always either going somewhere or on my way home from somewhere. My dad always tried to help me out with my car, but I never really needed it... or so I thought.

Well, I was wrong. The first time I took my car to get an alignment, I picked it up at the end of the day, and my car was pulling the OTHER way. I immediately turned the car around and marched back in and told the people. They told me there was no way, and to take it home and have my daddy drive it.

This didn't sit well with me. I'm the one paying, I want you to take another look at my car. After fighting with this ignorant man for a few minutes, I finally got in my car and drove to my dad's work. He drove the car and COULDN'T believe how bad the alignment was. He drove it back to the store and they fixed it immediately. UGH!

Last year, I took my car in for a routine oil change and tire rotation. I did this at one of those quick change places on my lunch break. As I'm sitting in the little room waiting on my car, the techs are tearing apart my car without knowing how to put it back properly. I take the car when they say they are finished and it sounds like the tires are going to fall off. I go back and they ask me "Sweetie, was it making this noise before or after you brought it in?" I almost lost it. They rotated my tires, but in doing so, they knocked a shield of some sort into my tire, so it was rubbing.

Then, yesterday I dropped my car off to get the front end fixed (tie rods and control arms went bad) under warranty. As I'm driving home after picking my car up, I notice that it sounds like I'm dragging something under my car. I pull over on the side of the road and call my husband. He doesn't answer. I call my dad and ask him what the h*** I'm supposed to be looking for, cuz it sounds like my car is about to fall apart. After getting UNDER my car in a parking lot of the Big Lots, I decided to drive the rest of the way home. While I'm on my way though, I call the dealership and tell them I will be bringing my car back in tonight/tomorrow because something isn't right. He asks me if I'm sure this is a NEW sound? Are you kidding me? I'm not a moron. And plus, he drove my car around before and after... did he hear the sound? He couldn't have not heard it, as my neighbor's heard it from inside their house when I pulled in the driveway.

We proceed to have a friend who is a mechanic stop over on his way home from work and take a look. Come to find out, another shield of some sort wasn't correctly replaced and was rubbing against more metal, causing this horrible noise.

Last night, I did something I never thought I'd do...







I handed over my car responsibilities to my husband!


I guess you can't have boobs AND be treated like a human at an autoshop. UGH!

11 comments:

jensays said...

WOW you seriously do have bad luck when it comes to car repair. Every time I'm unhappy with the work the shop has done I ask them if they would let their daughter drive that car home. That usually gets them.

Tricia said...

Good idea! I'm going to use that next time!

Britt said...

Jensays that's a great idea! Tricia I have the same bad luck! I always make the hubs handle car stuff cause I get the same treatment! I have been attempted to be ripped off more times than I care to admit! Besides, it's one less thing I have to worry about! Let the boys have it...it makes them feel important!

Kristin said...

It sucks that you've had such a rough time with the people who are suppose to take care of your car.

A good mechanic is worth their weight in gold...and treats women customers the same as men. Hope y'all find a better mechanic.

~ICLW#25

Browniris said...

I'm so sorry about the frustrating car experiences! That is ridiculous! Just because we are girls does not mean we are idiots when it comes to cars.

ICLW

Half of a Duo, Raising a Duo said...

Good for you for putting it on the DH!

I am having this very same problem that you have, with my 3 year old car that I have already run into the ground.

Good luck, ICLW!

junebug said...

Ugh! I feel your pain. I have had so many of the same kind of issues. So aggravating!! I've lost it on a few men. I found the trick is to find the right shop. I've gotten lucky to find one in both of the last two places I've lived through recommendations and trial & error. I want my hubby to take care of it but since he is at work all day it just falls to me.

renee said...

ugh. this sucks. my husband is a mechanic (an amazing one!) and you definitely have to find a good one and stick with them (and they usually AREN'T at a dealership!). Josh worked at a dealership for about 9 months and that was about all he could take of that BS.

Patience said...

How frustrating! Sounds like it was time to hand it over just so you don't have to deal with these people any more! I have to admit that car stuff is one thing I have always had my DH take care of. ICLW

Mama Reg said...

aw! good for you!! i have to agree with you...boobs and auto shops dont mix. isnt that just life? i have tried myself with car repairs/maintanence and i get the same treatment. good! let joe handle it, you will get relief and results all rolled in one lol!

Marion said...

That is exactly why my husband is also in charge of all car related problems! Happy ICLW! ICLW #50