Wednesday:) Words Of Wisdom…If It Ain’t Broke

31 Aug

“IF it ain’t broke, don’t try to get it fixed, because someone else is gonna break it.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I’m sure you’ve all had that experience of taking your car into the dealer for an oil change. Just an oil change, that’s it, right? Last Friday, I took my car into the Honda dealer for an oil change and my state inspection. My representative proceeded to read me a litany of maintenance issues that needed addressing. All the items probably would have totaled over $1,500. I think they have a special spiel for women, especially those of the elderly persuasion. Just sayin’. I asked the rep if they could do something with the little strip of plastic molding around he windshield. The tip of it had been bent since I bought it four years ago. He took a look and said it looked like maybe it got bent in a car wash, but if it’s been okay for years, it should be okay, unless I wanted to order a new part and replace it.

I refused all the extras and the new part, and said they could call me when they were finished with the oil change, as I was going to walk over to Whataburger across the way. I ended up at the thrift store instead. While I was there, I received a call that said I really needed two front tires. This, after they had previously suggested rotating my tires. Last time I got one tire at the dealer when it had a nail in it, it cost over $200. I said no thanks. They completed the oil change and inspection in about two hours.

I picked up my car, and drove home, stopping for gas at Walmart. While filling up, I got a paper towel to dry off the windshield because they always wash your car after service. Guess what? That piece of molding that was fine for four years was completely removed, exposing the entire edge of the windshield. I called the rep. I asked if it came off in the car wash, and he said, “Maybe.” Long and short, I said I drove in with it and drove out without it. He told me to come back and talk to a manager.

I went back Saturday to show them. They ordered the part.

Sunday morning, on my way to church, my dashboard had that sign that says there is a tire problem. I thought, “I thought they checked the air in the tires? When I looked when I got to church, I had a nail in my rear tire. I went to Walmart to see if it could be repaired. Nope! I ended up getting four new tires. Glad I didn’t get new tires at the dealer Friday. I would have had to replace one on Sunday.

 I went back Monday to get the molding replaced at the dealer. It took almost three hours. There was no charge. Great! I drove home with the yellow tape still securing the piece and letting the glue dry. There were a few streaks of glue on my windshield when I parked in the garage, but I figured I’d let it dry and check the next day.
When I got in my car to go to church Tuesday, there was about a fifteen inch crack in my windshield.



See the fine line crack? Well, I called up again today, and they said to bring it in. They looked at it and said they would call the windshield place and I made an appointment to get the windshield replaced tomorrow. 

Just crazy! I can’t help but think if I would have just not asked about the windshield molding, none of this would have happened.

Moral of the story, if it ain’t broke… don’t fix it! They keep breaking stuff! 

2 Responses to “Wednesday:) Words Of Wisdom…If It Ain’t Broke”

  1. Amanda Griffith September 5, 2017 at 12:49 am #

    Gosh, what a nightmare, Toni. If you kept your patience throughout, you’re an angel.

    • toniandrukaitis September 9, 2017 at 3:26 am #

      Just the fact that I can write about it and laugh about it later is a good thing. Hope all is well, girlfriend.

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