|my car has been deemed an "unsafe motor vehicle"
||[juil. 21e, 2007|12:43 pm]
so, i was able to make it to hp last night, and i didn't have to claw anyone's eyes out to get there (though i almost did).
i got a call around 4 o'clock from the dealership saying my car is ready. yay! great! fantastique! i proceed to walk up to the dealership, stopping by gamestop to pick up noir on my way, and we get there at about 5 o'clock, an hour before the dearlership closes. i pay my $288, get my keys, and walk out to my car. (here's where the fun part comes in!) well, everything looks like it's in order... let's test the hood to make sure it opens. it does! ok, so let's close it... wait, wait, what? now it won't CLOSE? so we marched back inside and made them take another look at it. "well, you're right. it doesn't close!" gee, thanks. so they fiddle with it for about another half an hour, and decide that--out of the kindness of their hearts, bless their souls--they'll try to fix it correctly by the time they close. it seems that the hook that the latch is supposed to grab onto to hold the hood into place isn't long enough, so they have to lengthen it. OK! that's done, great, let's go! well, not exactly. while that was part of the problem, there's also an issue with the cable. what? you told me earlier that there was no problem with the cable, only the latch! well, see, it's like this. the problem isn't that the cable is too loose, but that it's too tight. which means you need a whole new cable and your hood won't close until you get one. which means we're not letting you drive your car home. um, excuse me? i have work in an hour! we can put you in a rental car for the weekend for free... great! let's do it! but you only have liability insurance, and since we don't insure our OWN DAMN RENTAL CARS! we can't let you have one. well, fuck. can't you just bungee it shut or something? er, we'll see what we can do. by now it's 6 o'clock and i'm more than readyto claw someone's eyes out, or tear out their heart, or something. so they go back fiddle with it a little more and "hey! we got it shut!" so how'd they do it? they cut my cable (since, as we've established, i need a new one anyway) and strung it through to the outside of my car, essentially wiring it shut. "if you need to open it", they say, "you just need pull really hard on the cable with a pair of pliers". TRUST me. i WON'T need to open it.
i also had them give me a copy of the estimate which is more like a laundry list of all the horrible things that are wrong with my poor car:
passenger front outer tie rod needs replaced
front rotors and pads need replaced
two front tires need replaced (mind you, i just got new tires in september; all these other issues just seem to create more problems)
(can't read the guy's writing, but something about the t-body)
pollen filter needs replaced
air filter needs replaced
tune up/ spark plugs
fuel filter needs replaced
other things they missed include:
fixing whatever is wrong with my blinkers
figuring out and fixing the reason why my check engine light is on
fixing my airbags
a tire rotation
and possibly an alignment