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When You Don't Have Something...

Thursday, March 01, 2012

I can spend days not using my car and it doesn't bother me. But when my car is down, there's a million places I want to go. I have been reminded of this the last couple days.

The auto repair place called yesterday and said they were unable to fix my car (after they had it all day Tuesday). But they were able to diagnose the problem and let me know that they had received notices that some of the cars of that make, model and year had that problem and the dealerships warrantied them. So, I called one dealership. It told me that my particular car was made after the problem was found and fixed, so it wouldn't be warrantied. ????? It also told me that it couldn't get my car in until today.

I had a friend come get me and we went to get the car. We passed another Chevrolet dealership on the way there and decided to take the car there. They got the car in right away. It didn't take long for them to call me and tell me what was wrong. I got a price of over $650. My friend called them right back and questioned them about the warranty that was given other 2006 Malibu's. The price got cut in half. When we went to get the car, we were given a total price of even lower than that. Obviously, there was an issue with this model that year and somehow we weren't being told the whole story.

But, I got my car back and now I'm a happy camper again. Since the weathermen are predicting thunderstorms tomorrow, I can now use today to go do all my errands. When I don't have something, I miss it or want it. Human nature at it's best!

  
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SLIMLILA 3/2/2012 12:26AM

    Good on you! My dd had an oil change done a few years ago and they forgot to put any oil back in when they released it to her. (If you can imagine) Anyway, they were lucky enough to have an extended warranty and got it covered.. they actually still have that car... sometimes things do turn out for good.

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SPIRALINGUP 3/1/2012 3:32PM

    Wow! You lucked out getting the lowered price. Enjoy!

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PEPPYPATTI 3/1/2012 3:00PM

    That is so true! Glad things worked out for you!
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BERGBA7 3/1/2012 12:54PM

    Yep, it is interesting how you I can go for weeks without computer, but when it is down... I just need it more than ever!
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Have a great and healthy day running errands!
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Still No Word

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I haven't heard from the car repair shop yet. So, I still have no idea exactly what is wrong with my car or how much it's going to cost me to fix it. That means another day doing things around the house.

Today, my Avon order got delivered. So I know I will be spending time getting that sorted and bagged up for my customers. But I can't call them to make delivery arrangements because I don't know about the car. I will probably put some more time into doing Avon projects, such as writing up some orders that I've gotten since then.

It's raining this morning, but is supposed to clear up and be warm this afternoon. If that is the case, I will be able to walk up to the mall. There's a few stores that I leave Avon books at. And I have to get some batteries. My remote for the cable in the living room decided it wasn't going to work right last night. I have a service call scheduled for next Tuesday (I can't believe that they're that busy!). But in the meantime, they suggested trying new batteries. And, of course, I don't have any that size. But, the walking will do me good and get me out of the house a little bit.

Other than taking my car up to the shop yesterday and getting the mail, I haven't been out of the house. If I stay in today, I will probably start to go a little stir crazy. Why is it that when a car is available to us, we cherish the days that we can stay in all day but when we don't have that car, we just want to be able to get out of the house?

  
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DIDMIS 2/29/2012 10:43AM

    Sorry about your car Patty. Hope you hear soon. I would be calling and calling them.
That is me, impatient but the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Is that how they say it?

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Unscheduled Change of Plans

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I had it in my head that I was going to go out and search for new Avon customers this week. I went out yesterday passing books out and actually did find two new places to leave my books. But I could feel that my car was wanting to act up again. Sure enough, when turning into church for a meeting, I got a "power steering" message and it was hard to turn into the lot. Thank goodness I made it home without any problems. It was already after nine when the meeting ended and I was definitely nervous on how it would act.

This morning, I called the shop that worked on the car before. They scheduled for me to bring it in. Now I just need enough luck to get it there without too much trouble. I've got a friend who lives close to the shop and just happens to be working afternoons today. So, I will have a way home.

This does change my plans of going out again today seeking places to leave my books. So, I guess I will have some time on my hands to do some of my at-home projects that I've been wanting to do. That's one thing I can say for myself is that I always have a Plan B. Just wish I had a Plan A on how to pay for the car...

  
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SLIMLILA 2/29/2012 12:53AM

    Oh no, who needs car troubles? I always worry about that to.. good luck..

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BERGBA7 2/28/2012 2:04PM

    ups... sorry to read that your car is still causing you troubles. That is really annoying! I hate it, when I have to go get it checked or repaired. Hope the visit at your friends place was nice while waiting for the car!
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Working on my Want To Do List

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I started a want to do list a few weeks ago. I got quite a bit crossed off the first couple weeks. I feel like I'm slowing down a bit on getting things crossed off. Am I putting too much on the list again? Am I getting side tracked/spending too much time on any one project again? I really hope I'm not falling back into these old habits. It's time to regroup and get back on the track I was on there for a few weeks. Make a general list each week and take stock at the end of the week. Set a time limit every day and quit at a certain time to have some down time for myself. Just do it!

  
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SLIMLILA 2/26/2012 12:45AM

    I need to do a list like this,,,, and make some really nice "Want To Do" things... I have the papers filled out and signed, so I can get my passport sent off... so that opens up more possibilities...

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The Strangest Thing..

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I went to a friend of my mom's house to clean it for him to make extra money this morning. I had no problems with the car on the way there. When I went to leave, I struggled like crazy to get the car to turn into a driveway to turn around. I held up traffic both ways. I finally got the car pulled over to the side of the street and got out to see if maybe I had a flat tire. Nope. The steering got easier but still gave me a little struggle when making a right turn. I stopped at my mother's corner store so she could go in and get some milk. I shut the car off while I waited and called a friend seeking advice. When my mom came out, I started the car back up and it was fine. I did stop at a car repair place to get them to look at it. The guy looked under the hood and told me that I didn't have a power steering pump - everything was electronic. So that means if it does it again I have to take it to a dealership. Whoopie! I'd like to say that it won't happen again and that I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but...a wait and see attitude is all I can take right now. It seems like whenever I get a little ahead money wise, something always happens. I guess I just wasn't meant to be rich!

  
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SLIMLILA 2/26/2012 12:47AM

    Dealership... that usually isn't good (unless you're lucky enough to still have it on warranty)..... My 2003 is still being good to me, don't want to consider having to get a new car until my finances turn around .....

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MOMMA48 2/23/2012 6:32PM

    Good luck, Patty! Cars are costly no matter which way you look at them, but I hope you can keep your costs to a minimum. Hang in there, hun! emoticon

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LASARRE 2/23/2012 2:21PM

    I know exactly how you feel. Good luck. Hope it was just a one time thing :)

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