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Have to wait for your car while getting it fixed at the dealer?

Old 03-31-08, 07:00 PM
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Have to wait for your car while getting it fixed at the dealer?

Taking your car to the dealer and told you'll have a long wait? Don't worry, I did something today that basically set fire under the dealership's ass, and I didn't even intend to do such a thing.

That's right...I had an appointment today for 10am to have my car worked on. When I set the appointment, I was told that I would only be waiting for about an hour and a half. When I got there today, they told me it would be two or three hours before they even pulled my car into the back.

I did let them know that I was unhappy about this, but there wasn't much I could do.

However, prior to going today, I grabbed a cigar and my AM/FM radio so I could sit outside the dealership and listen to Rush while enjoying a fine cigar. I keep 2 of those folding chairs in my car, the kind that fold up into a nylon tube and you can toss over your back. My intent was to find a shady spot and wait it out.

However, this am it was a tad cool and breezy in the shade. So I went to find a patch of sun. I found a perfect spot at the front of the dealership, out where their fanciest new cars are displayed. I opened up my chair, kicked my feet up onto a little wall next to their cars, lit my cigar, and turned on my radio just loud enough for me to hear it.

Several car salesmen came by and said hello, but I quickly realized they didn't know what to make of my camping there. I was facing the building, and after about 10 minutes, I could see a group of salesmen talking to someone who I assumed was an authority figure, as they were talking to him and pointing out the window at me.

He rushed out and asked what I was doing. I told him that I didn't just walk by and decide to camp their sales area...but that my car was being serviced and I had to wait it out. I told him that I bought my car at that very dealer. He was very nice and told me I was fine where I was, and that there was no problem at all. However, my car was finished about 30 minutes later.

I'm confident bossman went in and made a call to get my car finished so I wasn't camping their sales area.

Anyway, just an FYI if you find yourself in a similar situation. I didn't intend to get such a result, but I'll do it everytime now.
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I drop it off in the morning and come back to get it at the end of the day. I never saw the appeal of waiting.
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Originally Posted by The Bus
I drop it off in the morning and come back to get it at the end of the day. I never saw the appeal of waiting.
There is no appeal of waiting. However, as you likely know there isn't always a choice, or in my situation today, it is more trouble for me to drop it off and get it later than to wait out what I was quoted, that being 1.5 hours.
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Hopefully they didn't half-ass your car to get it out quickly.

I just get a complementary car from the dealership.
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Originally Posted by matta
Hopefully they didn't half-ass your car to get it out quickly.

I just get a complementary car from the dealership.

I didn't even think of a complimentary car. I guess I assumed that since my newer ride is American, the chances of me getting a loaner were slim, since there are so few frills with American cars.

As for the half-ass, I'm missing a piece on my luggage rack that must have fallen off somewhere along the way. All they did today was look at my luggage rack to see if there was a broken part and then order it. Probably took a mechanic 5 minutes. They'll have the part in later in the week, at which point I'll do it The Bus way and leave and come back later, or the matta way, and get a loaner.

However, I did like the fact that my camping seemed to stimulate some action.
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Why didn't you get a loaner/complimenatry/courtesy car?
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Just think what you would have got if you had pretended to give yourself an insulin injection!
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I am listening to Rush right now and just popped open this thread. Spooky. ("Digital Man" is currently playing).

I bought my car from a deal about 3 minutes from my office. I never wait - I just get a ride from someone at the office or I take their shuttle service. If I do have to wait, they have wi-fi and I have a laptop.
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This is what happens.. when you blast Caress of Steel.

Didacts and narpets is/was/always will be a deal breaker.
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I think it would be funny if the dealership kept your car longer and let you sit out there for 4 hours.
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I get a ride home and a ride back from them
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If you had remembered to bring your trashcan you would have been golden!
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I work about a block away from my mechanic so I drop it off first thing in the morning and walk over to pick it up on my lunch hour.
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You should have gone into the lobby while they are talking with prospective buyers, pulled down your pants and have sex with one of their tables. I bet your car would have been done even quicker.
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Just think what you would have got if you had pretended to give yourself an insulin injection!


I only live a few blocks from my mechanic and dealership. so it's not a hassle to just walk back and forth.
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That is a good idea. Next time bring a lunch of some stinky ass cheese, take your shoes off etc.

This would be a good idea for a Doctor's office - where they make you wait 4-evr
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I used to just take my car to a place next to a bar. Now, my mechanic is only a few blocks from where I live.

Sunbathing would be an interesting option to the op's plan, though.
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ukywyldcat you rock That was great.

After 15 mins it would have been time to gather some wood or old tires and start yourself a camp fire.
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my dealership offers a complimentary shuttle service and i usually have them drop me off at the multiplex (after loading up on the free munchies & drinks in the waiting area). Every once in a while i get lucky and they give me a loaner car - last time, i got a TL.
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I wonder if it was the cigar or the Rush. Probably the Rush - that's what'd set me off the most...
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I could have done shuttle...could have requested a loaner...whatever. It was just supposed to be 1.5 hours of my time at the max, which is plenty of time to enjoy the sun, smoke a cigar, and listen to Rush for a bit.

Wouldn't have minded waiting longer had I known, that way I could have brought another cigar.

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