I’ve told myself on more than one occasion that I should learn more about cars. You know, how they work, why they don’t. And yet, I never have. It’s hard to learn about a subject you have no interest in.
Car owners like me pay extra for roadside assistance, which I’ve never used… until I moved to New Mexico. Three times in two years isn’t that bad, is it? It’s not like I’m using my car insurance for anything else.
I spent a lot of money on my poor old Toyota before I drove from Texas to New Mexico — had it checked out, worked on… again, much money was spent. But my car only has 30,000 miles on it, even though it’s 11 years old, and I didn’t think I would have to spend more money on it this soon. I mean, it’s a Toyota, not a Ford.
My first use of roadside assistance didn’t work out very well:
The second time was for a jump, and that guy used a metal file to clean the top of the battery connections. But the charge held fine (for the next month). This guy from roadside assistance ran late, but nice guy, worked out fine.
Then I made the wrong decision of having the battery cables cleaned, an extra $30 at Jiffy Lube I really didn’t need to spend. The guy at Jiffy Lube said the battery was charging fine, even though it was 6 years old. I got that workhorse at Walmart, which is probably where I should have gotten this one, too. A month after the battery was cleaned, it stalled again, so off I went, back to Jiffy Lube, to get a replacement. (See above photo.)
When the mechanic took the tops of the battery cables off, a wire (or something) was so fragile it broke and had to be replaced. Well, now I’m wondering if that was the problem, not the battery. Not that it matters, as I’ve obviously got to replace the battery. Whatever. But Jiffy Lube confused me on another issue about emissions testing, causing me to spend more money than I needed to, and I don’t know if they’re doing it on purpose or not. It’s obvious that I know nothing about cars, have to believe whatever they tell me, and don’t know what they’re not telling me. (And by the way, you can only use one coupon at a time at Jiffy Lube.)
But I digress… 🙂
I was talking about roadside assistance, which for this latest cartastrophe was just like that saying, the third time’s a charm. Nice guy, gave me a jump, no problem.
Since I don’t have a lot of money, I usually reward those who help me with some chocolate or a piece of the last dessert I made. I had neither of these, so I offered this guy five bucks. I said something like, I know they don’t pay you very much for this job, you’ve got this nice rig to take care of, so just take this, okay?
But he wouldn’t take it. He smiled and said, “No, they don’t pay me very much, but don’t worry about it, I was just around the corner, anyway.”
At that moment, I looked down and saw that one of his work boots was coming apart on the top. So I said, yeah, but you need some new boots. And he said, yeah, but I’m getting new boots tomorrow when I get paid, and you need a new battery.
And that’s how you win an argument with me. 🙂
What a nice guy, right?