Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Find A Wheel And It Goes Round, Round, Round
I bought new tires for my truck last summer. I did not need the expense but I did need the tires.
After 1,000 miles I was to take the truck back to have the tires rotated for "maximum usage". Of course I put it off. Putting things off is something I am really good at.
So a couple of weeks ago I got up early to make the trip into town. I figured if I was at the tire place I would be in and out without too much waiting. Then I would treat myself to lunch. Maybe I would buy some fast food and take it to the state park and eat under the trees.
I pulled into the parking lot. I was in luck. There was only one other car waiting to be serviced. I would be second.
I parked near the front door and went inside.
"What can I do for you?" asked the young man behind the counter. I smiled. Then I explained that I had bought my tires there at the end of last summer. I needed an alignment.
He assured me that it would be a quick job. Then he quoted the price. Not quite $60.
Now I knew that tire rotation should be at no cost. And this guy wanted to charge me $60?
I thanked him and turned around and walked out. I got in my truck and drove away.
I did not treat myself to lunch. It was too early. But I did pick up a breakfast sandwich and a hot tea. I drove to the state park and found a good place to eat. And soothe my mind.
Halfway through eating my sandwich I realized my mistake. I said I wanted a wheel alignment not a tire rotation. Once again I felt so stupid.
I waited a week before I went back. Even I am not immune to embarassment.
I got my tires rotated. I had my lunch in the park. All is right with the world.