Getting An Oil Change

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We went to the Toyota dealership to have an oil change for Gloria’s 2007 Camry. Right off the bat, the service guy said we had some heavy stuff to be done. I winced when he said it was $240 additional. I guess we had no recourse.

Immediately, I entered the waiting room to check out the Starbuck’s coffee. I 8impressed myself by shying away from the pastries. Wanting to kill time, I entered the showroom to take a gander at the new Camry’s.

The 2014 is identical to the 2007 except for an additional boost in power. When Gloria showed up, I asked her to sit in it. She was very impressed. She said I couldn’t possibly be talking about upgrading her car. I told her we could see what kind of trade-in we could get for her car.

While they are working on the car, they sent someone over to check on the condition of her trade-in. Marlon, our salesman, said if we agree on a price for the new one, they would waive the $240 servicing fee on our car that was in the service bay.. While he was going over the benefits of making this purchase, such as free service and oil changes for at least 2 years plus a $1000 incentive– just then, the service guy walked back in and said to Gloria that her water pan was leaking, and some other problem popped up. He said it would cost $540. So far, we were in hock for $760, and we had barely come in out of the rain.

Finally, they come up with a figure for her 2007, car and it was way too low. I laughed and said…”No way,” A $2000 better offer followed, and I still shook my head. He said, give me a number, and I said $10,000 and my car for the new car, and all bills erased as far as my tune-up is concerned. He looked at me like I’m demented. He decided to ask Gloria if she needed a hybrid and whether or not the GPS was essential to her. She said “no,” to both and he came up with a figure of $11,070 for a 2014 Camry with heated leather seats and all taxes and license renewal included. Gloria stood up, shook his hand and we had a deal. I wasn’t expecting it. We picked it up Friday along with a Toyota hat. Now I can wear alternate hats.

Once we were home, Gloria started having hot and cold flashes at spending so much in such a short time span. At least she took my advice and went to sit in her new car. I knew those heated leather seats would make the difference for her. How can you not smile when you have a warm tush?

(photo courtesy of Antikainen/Dreamstime.com)

About Jerry Goldberg

Jerry Goldberg grew up on the west side of Chicago. After high school, he was drafted in the Army during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, he joined Local 130 in Chicago as a plumber, working from 1952 to 2000. Jerry has been happily married for 60 years, residing with his wife, Gloria, in Huntley, Illinois. They were blessed with two wonderful children, and have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
When his son encouraged him to get online, Jerry replied, "What do I need that for?" But all that changed a year into his retirement, when his daughter gave him a modem for his birthday, opening a whole new chapter. Finding stained glass insufficiently fulfilling, Jerry discovered the AARP message boards and began his one-finger magic. Eventually, he became quite proficient (two fingers), starting a board called, "Jerry's Corner."

This board was the second most popular board on AOL. Jerry bantered with any and all, and began writing humorous true stories of his past life. The stories you see here are a compilation of most he has written ... enjoy!

About Jerry Goldberg

Jerry Goldberg grew up on the west side of Chicago. After high school, he was drafted in the Army during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, he joined Local 130 in Chicago as a plumber, working from 1952 to 2000. Jerry has been happily married for 60 years, residing with his wife, Gloria, in Huntley, Illinois. They were blessed with two wonderful children, and have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
When his son encouraged him to get online, Jerry replied, "What do I need that for?" But all that changed a year into his retirement, when his daughter gave him a modem for his birthday, opening a whole new chapter. Finding stained glass insufficiently fulfilling, Jerry discovered the AARP message boards and began his one-finger magic. Eventually, he became quite proficient (two fingers), starting a board called, "Jerry's Corner."

This board was the second most popular board on AOL. Jerry bantered with any and all, and began writing humorous true stories of his past life. The stories you see here are a compilation of most he has written ... enjoy!

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