|Hyundai Python sketch.
||[Dec. 6th, 2004|10:18 pm]
Jan Joris Vereijken
Our car broke down this weekend. It's such a thoughtful car: it goes out of warranty this tuesday, so I still had all of today to take it to the dealer.
Me: My car is flashing red lights on the dash. Is that serious?
Dealer: That means expensive stuff broke. We can fix it for you tomorrow.
Me: That's fine. Today is the last day of warranty, so the repair will be free, right?
Dealer: Sorry, can't do that, it'll be out of warranty tomorrow.
Me: Ah, I see. Well, better fix it today then.
Dealer: Sorry, can't do that, we're all booked for today.
Me: Are you saying that my three year warranty just shrunk by 24 hours?
Dealer: Certainly not. If you'd have called us on Friday, we'd have fixed it today.
Me: But it only broke down on Sunday!
Dealer: Very sorry. We feel for you. Better luck next car. Bye now.
Me: *** BLANK STARE ***
Dealer: Bye now.
Me: I'd really appreciate if you'd fix it today. Really, really, really A-P-P-R-E-C-I-A-T-E that.
Dealer: Well. We could have a quick look I suppose. No promises, though.
Five car repair men materialized out of thin air, went onto a wild dismantling binge, and took out approximately 700 parts in just under 45 minutes. The eldest reappeared...
Repair man: The #678 thingy was stuck between the #677 and #679 thingies!
Me: Ah. What do you recommend...?
Repair man: We'll have to bloody unstick it!
Me: Much obliged, thank you.
And off he went, unsticking. Another 45 minutes later, my car reappeared under their hands.
Me: That's very kind, thanks for helping me out on such short notice! Is there a charge?
Dealer: Have to check. No, it's still in warranty, the repair is free. Is there anything else we can do for you?