Well, That Was Quick

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I wrote three days ago about the battery giving out in the car and then two days ago about my CPAP mask starting to give up the ghost. Today I went to my medical equipment supplier to get fitted for the new mask, and walked out with it. I can’t use it tonight, since there’s a hose that connects the CPAP machine hose to the mask that they neglected to give me today. (I can’t connect them directly as the width of the main hose is a little too wide for the connection on the mask.) So tomorrow I’ll be going by their office to pick up the new hose and tomorrow night I’ll be using the new mask. It’s somewhat louder on the exhale than my current mask, but my wife says that won’t be problematic for her. I hope she’s right.

Later this afternoon I went to get the new battery installed in the car. Short, sweet, to the point service visit. So now both of the things that I was writing about previously are (almost) completely fixed.

Today’s going to be a short post as we’re going out for a coffee date this evening. I’ll write something of more substance tomorrow. It’ll be after therapy, so I’ll have something to write about, most likely. If not, I can always pull up a blogging prompt and wing it. Tune in tomorrow to see what our hero does!

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Bump in the Road

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We took the car in for service this morning. The warning display in the car said it was due for an oil change and a tire rotation, so we figured this wouldn’t be that expensive a trip.

Once the dealership finished with the car, they told us that, in addition to the oil change and tire rotation that we had authorized, they also recommended a brake system flush, brake pad replacement, tune-up, rear end alignment, fuel induction service, as well as a strong recommendation that we replace the battery, all money that we don’t have right now. None of these are pressing issues except for the battery, but we opted to decline all additional service on the car so we could price batteries elsewhere.

Later in the day we went to do laundry, and since we’ve been sick recently we let it kind of pile up, so we drove it to the laundry facility across the complex (we always drive it anyway, but there was a lot of laundry this time, so we were definitely going to drive it). We parked the car on the curb, hit the hazard flashers, and took the laundry in to get it started.

Except that all the washers had been taken up and were sitting done and ready for the dryer. So rather than pulling all that laundry out and piling it somewhere, something that we hate having done to ourselves, we grabbed the laundry and took it back to the car. We got in the car, turned the hazards off, turned the key and … nothing.

Several times we tried this, and nothing happened. We had to get one of the leasing agents at the management office to give us a jump, and we then drove around for some time trying to get the battery charged up again.

I told you all this to tell you that it looks like we’re in the market for a battery now rather than later. Yay us.

Expensive Productivity, Part Two

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This one’s going to be kinda quick and dirty. Hope you’re okay with quick and dirty. (I said quick and dirty, heh heh.)

Went back to the dealership today to have the new rim and new tires installed (they had to special order the rim and have it overnighted to the shop, hence the need for the return trip) and an alignment done. Was told over the phone it would be around X dollars, and was told when handing over the keys it would be about an hour.

Closer to two hours later, they reported the work was done.

For something like 1.75X dollars. Nearly twice what I was quoted on the phone.

I took a closer look at the bill and everything seemed to be exactly what I was told would happen. They even tacked on a $30 discount, which they didn’t have to do nor did we ask. And it was still nearly twice what I was quoted.

This is the first time that I’ve experienced anything like this from this dealership. Every other time I’ve gone, they’ve gotten me out the door quicker than promised and for less money.

The natural assumption is that the work just took longer and therefore accrued a higher labor charge, but the itemized receipt that I was given only itemizes insofar as to separate distinct services into one overall sub-price, with no line item for labor included.

Oh well. Next time I’ll be sure to expect a little more realistic results than I’ve been lucky enough to receive up til this point.

Still not enough to stop us from going back, however. This is the only place the car’s been serviced, and it’s valuable to me to have the entire service history retrievable with a single phone call.

Being Productive Can Be Expensive

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Today I basically had one thing on my to-do list: take the car in for an oil change and tire rotation and a topping off of all the fluids. And I did it! Cue the dancing girls and the juggling monkey!

Only when they came back with the paperwork they started with, “Well, we put the spare on for now,” which is never a good sign.

The oil change and tire rotation was today. Later this week, we’ll be getting two new tires, a new rim, and an alignment done.

Seems we managed to bark up against a median a little too hard and bent the rim, which led to a slow leak in that tire.

On the plus side, this means that instead of having to fork out for four new tires in a year’s time, we just split that out to alternate between changing two and two, which more importantly splits out the cost of having to replace all four tires simultaneously.

I found the silver lining in an expensive auto maintenance trip. I think I’m done adulting for the day now. Let the administration of coffee (in celebration of International Coffee Day!) and cheesy movies and computer games begin!

(NB: Yes, I know this one doesn’t really deal with my mood or my mental illness or my physical health. Thought a break from the stress of NEEDING to write about one of those topics would be good and a simple “what I did with my Tuesday” post fit the bill nicely.)