mbumby (mbumby) wrote,

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Yessssss! Happy Bumby

Brought the car into the dealer today to have them install a bunch of stuff, mount the full size spare on the rim, program the keys...

I went armed to try to convince them to at least look at disabling the "headlights are on if it's dark". The person who checked me in listened to my arguments (even before I hauled out the "I don't believe it _is_ federally mandated" card) and told me my arguments made sense and she'd have the guys look at it.

They were still looking at it 7 hours later as I was calling to wonder if the last shuttle that was about to leave was going to pick me up.

They have declared VICTORY. It's not dark enough for me to be sure, but what she says they did makes sense -- trick the sensor into thinking it's always light out. Charged me half an hour of labor. The daytime runners are still on all the time -- none of the solutions they came up with (remove the high beam bulbs, trick the e-brake into thinking it's always on, which will mean that I'll always have the dash light, and if there ever _is_ a problem I won't know) were ideal, but when they mentioned this to me I suggested that they give me a switch -- and most of the time they work as delivered -- but if I flip the switch before I start the car, it will trick the e-brake sensor. She'll be talking to them about feasibility and calling me -- probably next week.

I'm rather a bit puzzled as to their pricing. Today (when I got home) I got a mailing with a coupon indicating that the Oil & Filter change & Tire rotation (basically the service that determined the time for this dealer visit) would cost only $46.95 with coupon (some models higher) -- price had been $52.45. But even $46.95 is more than I would have been charged for that portion of the service. Maybe that's because I bought the car there and got a coupon book?

I say "would have been charged" because I don't think all the portions of the bill that were part of that maintenance added up to what I was told it would cost. And there was something else that I knew the price of which cost ... quite a bit less than I was led to expect. But, they did come VERY close to their estimate. I'm wondering if someone goofed and didn't put about 2/3 of the cost of my maintenance into the estimate, so they tweaked some values to get the price down.

I know I griped about the price of the keys before -- so when one of the keys wasn't perfect (it works to run the car and to open the door -- but only in one orientation) I took it back in. They'll be ordering another one for me.
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