Tuesday, August 01, 2006

8/1- Car Upkeep


When you buy a car, you hope you are getting a fine piece of machinery. However, if you want to keep it in good shape, there are constant expenses. Every couple months you've got to get the oil changed. Every 10K or so you need to get the tires rotated. You need to get the brakes checked. You need to do this. You need to do that. (granted, I could probably learnto do many of these things myself, but I won't)

I can't think of a single other product that requires this much upkeep. Would you ever buy a bookcase if you had to replace the shelves every 3 months? I know I wouldn't. Its sh*t like this that makes me jealous of those of you who live in a city. For all the hassles of public transportation, atleast you don't have to maintain it.

Car upkeep: I hate you.

9 Comments:

Blogger Bobman said...

Getting your tires rotated is one of the biggest scams going. Tires last like 60-80,000 miles. If you get them rotated, what, you add, maybe 10,000 miles to their life? Probably less? But you get them rotated every 10,000 miles. At 100 bucks a pop, that's 600 bucks over the life of the tires. And a set of new tires costs.... LESS THAN 600 BUCKS! Even for my TRUCK, which has ridiculously EXPENSIVE tires, they cost less than 600 bucks.

Stop being a sucker.

7:09 AM  
Blogger anonymous said...

The Man has us by the balls.

7:37 AM  
Blogger LaRie said...

Why don't you roate them yourself? Change your own oil? Come on guys. Seriously.
$100 to roate your tires? Wow, it should be free with your oil change.

8:20 AM  
Blogger anonymous said...

pointless story, but one place was supposed to rotate mine once and they didnt (and i sure as hell wasnt watching to know).. but there was an off-duty cop there and he was watching with a Super Hawk Eye cause they had effed up work on his Suburban before (cause he was pissed). well, he had been watching.. went out to my car, wiped the lugnut and came back in and hoed em out. it was funny to see the desk guy cower cause police dude had obviously already had enough of their "workmanship".

thank you random copper nice guy.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Bobman said...

Changing your own oil is rarely that cost-effective - most places will do it as cheap as it would be for you to do it yourself, and much quicker. I've changed my own plenty of times, and it's not worth the hassle to save, what? 3 dollars? Valvoline will do it for 17.99, let's see you find a filter and 4-5 quarts of oil for less than 15 bucks. The only downside being that you have to tell them "no" for all the other 15 things they tell you you need on your car, but how hard is that?

As for rotating your own tires.... that requires way too much jacking up and jackstands and whatever for the regular Joe using a scissorjack. I agree that $100 is way too much for that service, but I would argue that it's a completely unnecessary service to begin with.

The one thing everyone SHOULD learn to do themselves is brake pads. It's like, a 10 minute job, and it costs about 25 bucks an axle to replace pads yoruself, as opposed to the $200+ the shop charges you. Even doing rotors when necessary isn't that much harder, and you'd be amazed at how cheap it is.

12:21 PM  
Blogger The Rev said...

This is not the week to talk to me about cars.

I'm angry enough I've had to put $2600 of repairs into mine this year.

1:28 PM  
Blogger anonymous said...

check the specs on the.. rotors..

8:50 AM  
Blogger slowpokemary said...

OK, try owning a house. Talk about upkeep! I love my house, but . . . plumbers, roofers, tree cutters (we do our own yard maintenance, but dead limbs too high up for our ladders require special attention); cleaning filters, fixing broken appliances, it just goes on and on!!!!

11:49 AM  
Blogger anonymous said...

thats why you hire illegals! help spread the wealth. unless youre racsist.

hmm...

12:31 PM  

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