The check is in the mail and yes, your car is done.

So we bought a new-to-us Saturn about a month ago. Great car, except the air conditioning failed me on a 100 degree day. There’s nothing worse than driving with a screaming newborn in 100 degree heat with 70% humidity in a car with no a/c.

So we took it in to get fixed.

Thursday, June 1st

8am I bring the car in.

10am phone rings. . .
Mechanic: You have no freon. We need to put more in. That will be $130.
Annie: There’s no other way? Ok. . .

2pm when I pick up the car. . .
Mechanic: So I’m concerned because you don’t use up freon. It has to be leaking, and we need to find the leak soon so you won’t have to spend $130 again on freon.
Annie: So when do I bring it back for you to check?
Mechanic: Tomorrow afternoon as close to 5pm as possible.

Friday, June 2nd

4pm. . .
Mechanic: We can’t find the leak. We’re trying.
Annie: Well, we have to drive to NYC tomorrow. That’s 2+ hours in the car. When should we bring it back for you to find the leak?
Mechanic: Give it a week. We will see it easier then.
Annie: Am I losing a lot of freon? I don’t want to spend $130 again. . .
Mechanic: Hard to tell. We hope not. It could be a slow leak that will take months to empty the freon.
Annie: Ok. We’ll see you in a week.

A week later. . .

Annie: Please check my car. It’s a/c is not as cold and I know it’s got to be leaking freon. Please find the leak.
Mechanic: We’ll try. Have a seat; it will be a few minutes.

35 minutes later. . .
(imagine screaming baby in the background)

Mechanic: We still can’t find the leak. Give us some more time
Annie: *doesn’t speak. Just begins to nurse crying baby right there in the dirty auto shop waiting room.

35 minutes later. . .

Mechanic: We found it! Your compressor is leaking. You need to replace it and that will be $750 for the part, labor and $130 to recharge the freon.
Annie: Weren’t we trying to avoid recharging the freon?!? Argh.
Mechanic: We’ll order the part 8am Monday and you should bring your car in Wednesday to be fixed.

Monday. . . on the phone

10 am
Annie: Hey! This is Annie with the Saturn. You ordered the part, right?
Mechanic: What part? What did you need? . . .
Annie: Compressor, remember? It’s leaking. . .
Mechanic: Ahhh yes. . .I’ll order it right away and we’ll get it tomorrow. So bring your car in Wednesday first thing so we can start on it at 8am.
Annie: What time will it be done Wednesday? I need to get to Danville for 6pm.
Mechanic: No problem. It should be done by 2pm.

Wednesday

3:30pm
Annie: Give me some good news and tell me the car is done!
Mechanic: Ummm not really. The part, umm, just came in an hour ago. Umm can you bring the car back tomorrow?
Annie: Argh. . . Just keep it and get it done. Can it be done by 2pm tomorrow?
Mechanic: Yes, no problem.

Thursday

2:30pm
Annie: Hey! How’s my car?
Mechanic: It will be done in just a minute. . .

3:30pm
Annie: Hey! How’s my car?
Mechanic: They’re recharging it now. Should be done in just a minute. . .

4:00pm
Annie: Hey! How’s my car?
Mechanic: Can we call you once it’s done? Now there’s a problem. . .

Are you frustrated reading this??? yeah. . . that’s my feeling today too. Hopefully it’s done tomorrow, and then I’ll put my check in the mail.
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About jaimeanne

I'm me. Graphic designer extraordinaire, urban master teacher of social studies, former adjunct professor, high school principal, and now most importantly-- Mom to the cutest little girl ever. I try to live by the quote, "Work like you don't need money, Love like you've never been hurt, And dance like no one's watching." I believe in Christ, and sometimes I'm just trying to figure out what He wants me to do. This blog chronicles that journey.
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