Monday, September 16
Well, the crew and I show up at Rudy’s Automotive at one o’clock for our appointment to have the resistor put in the air conditioner’s blower motor.
He shows me a burnt something-or-other.
“Your connector’s burnt,” he explains.
“What?” I peer closely at the connector. Yep, it’s burnt. “Why is it burnt?” I ask.
“Voltage . . . Happens all the time,” he explains.
“Sounds like a design flaw,” I mumble-grumble.
Mechanic Jerry waits.
“Can you take care of it today?” I ask.
His cellphone rings and it’s an obvious call-back. Mechanic Jerry says okay to the caller.
“Nope. Gotta’ order the part,” he explains.
“When will you have it?” I ask.
“Tomorrow. Comes from across the pond,” he explains.
“How much does it cost?” I ask.
“Oh, about seventy dollars . . . plus we’ll have to cut out the template for the part to go in,” he explains. He points to the place in the hood.
“Huh? Why’s that?” I ask.
“It’s a redesign. We do this all the time. You can see the template in the resistor box,” he explains.
I halt this fascinating exchange so I can get through this blog post some time today. Darn! Darn! Darn!
The crew and I scurry off to the waterfront.
It seems expenses always come in bunches. I could verify everything by going to another shop. Gee, I don’t want to do that. If I pay more than I would somewhere else, I don’t care. Why waste sunshine grubbing around to save a few dollars? And maybe I wouldn’t save a cent . . .
Here we are, once again, at Rudy’s Automotive. I bring the crew and my laptop to the waiting room. The lady who mans the office . . . er . . . who womans the office says I can use their WiFi and electrical outlet. I read and answer comments, as well as catch up on national and world news. Ugh, how depressing.
Fast forward to the bill . . .
The connector: $70.10. Labor to install resistor and connector (seven-tenths of an hour): $58.80. Total bill: $139.73 (includes $10.83 tax).
Time to eat!
“Where’s a good place to go for lunch?” I ask the office lady. “A place somewhere between fast food and white table cloths.”
She suggests The Chestnut Cottage.
Nothing takes the sting out of an auto repair bill quite like a pair of delectable crab cakes resting on a bed of sweet potato fries with freshly made coleslaw on the side!
Note: Sorry . . . no photo of the crab cakes (a lunch special at $13.99). You can see the restaurant and menus by clicking here: The Chestnut Cottage
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