Aug 272013

I received a gift card to use with my oil change checklist while changing my oil.  All thoughts and words are my own.

A few weeks ago I shared with you a little bit about my history with car maintenance and getting my oil changed.  It wasn’t anything I had really done on my own; it was always something my Dad had done until my husband took over.  I’m a pro about making a phone call to schedule the appointment, but actually going to the service station?  Yeah, not so much.

Part of that was just because it’s been easier to let someone else deal with it, but part of it is because a lot of people in the car industry will look at a woman walking in and go “Oh, hey.  She doesn’t know anything at all, let’s make some money.”  The summer between my freshman and sophomore years of college I was car shopping, and I actually had a car dealership completely ignore me.  Even after I stood next to the vehicle that I truly wanted to buy – they looked at me through the glass and never stepped foot outside.  That is, until my father showed up to sign papers with me, which is when I asked him to meet me at the next dealership, because they no longer were getting my money.

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Jul 252013

Thank you to MOM for providing an oil change checklist and a prize for myself and one of you.

Car maintenance has never really been my “thing”.  I mean, my Dad made sure I knew a few of the basics: I learned how to change a tire, how to check the oil and coolant levels in the car, things like that.  But the tire thing I’ve never done and the fluid levels I haven’t checked on my own in years.

My Dad was good about always reminding me to go get my oil changed.  Apparently the sticker in the corner of my windshield wasn’t quite enough.  I’d go and drop off the car, they’d call, and I’d go pick it up.  What the man behind the curtain did, I had no idea.  And now my husband reminds me, though his reminder really only prompts me to make an oil change appointment, and then he takes the car for me.  So I still didn’t really know much about it.

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