Got back from running errands yesterday and found a message left on the answering machine.
It was from the owner of my wife and I’s car dealership…who we have had a good relationship with over several years.
He sang “Happy Birthday.”
Yesterday was in fact Birthday Number 5-3 for yours truly. My car dealership apparently “saved the date” in its database and an automated message was automatically sent from the auto dealership to my automated phone machine. Auto-matic marketing.
No, it was not personalized with my name or age but it felt personal nonetheless because the guy did put himself out there with his low-grade karaoke rendition…on the day in question.
While that was going on, one of my Twitter friends was simultaneously lamenting the latest disaster he was experiencing with his current dealership.
This got me to thinking about some auto mis-adventures I have had over the years, such as:
1. Having a mechanic put the wrong alternator in the car. Trust me, you can tell fairly quickly when that happens.
2. Having a mechanic conduct a state inspection only to fail to put the required inspection stickers on the car. Caught that faux pas before I drove off. I mean, that’s a big part of going there…to leave legally marked.
3. Having numerous mechanics drive our cars around the block and say “nope, we don’t hear a thing”…only to get back in the cars and replicate the sounds within thirty seconds of leaving their lots.
That being said, the best vehicle adventure that comes to mind is when my wife and I were to depart on a vacation the next day…and the auto assigned to get us there sounded like a 747 on start-up. It certainly sounded as if the airplane-like noise was coming from the bottom of the car and ultimately we felt it was possibly muffler-related…or at least in that region.
Off to the muffler specialist…who greeted us immediately, made sure we were comfortable…and then came back moments after we had just settled in with our drinks and magazines in hand.
“Sir, we can install a new muffler for you no problem. Shouldn’t take that long at all. Is the old muffler in the trunk?”
We assumed we HAD a muffler on the car when we drove it there. One thing we didn’t check was if we HAD a muffler.
Thinking quickly, I said “no…we left that at home…didn’t think you’d need it anyway.”
Don’t know where I pulled that one out from…it just came auto-matically.