Sister Lisa and I are taking a road trip in a couple of weeks to visit youngest sister Nancy in Massachusetts. This is supposed to be an 8 hour or so trip. The last one took us much longer - closer to 13 hours. It's along story, but if you've been in a different country, so lost you don't even know what state you are in and it's late at night, it can be pretty hairy.
Did I tell that story? How Lisa and I didn't think to buy maps. We had a GPS that Nance sent and Lisa printed off directions from Map Quest. But at one point Map Quest told us to go one way and the GPS told us to go a different way. We went with the GPS - and two hours later it quit on us! And then there was the 3 hour traffic jam at the border and I had an extra large coffee and a diet coke before we got to it. I didn't really know pain until then. I asked the border guy where the nearest washroom was when we finally got across and then I was in such a hurry I drove right by it.
Although I've had my car since 2001 - and it was new that year, I haven't got that many kilometers (or miles for the neighbours to the south) on it. I don't drive far very often and for the first couple of years I had the car, I car pooled with a neighbour. But I wanted to make sure it was in tip top shape before heading out on the long eight hour drive. So I took it into the dealer. I called to make an appointment and they said it would be $99 for the regular tune-up, check-up, tire rotation etc.
But when I took it in this morning, there were lots of other small minor things it needed, like an engine flush, steering fluid, engine fluid etc. I am in a completely foreign world when it comes to car repairs so I have no idea whether it needs all that stuff or not. But it all added up to $420.00.
I'm not really complaining. The car is paid off so I have no car payments. And for the first few years the extended warranty was in place so I didn't have to pay much at all. I've escaped relatively clear of car repairs.
And I do like the security of knowing before we leave that the car is in good shape.
So - I'm not too upset. But still - that much for just routine things does sound a bit steep.
Ah well - the joys of being a car owner