I had my car inspected this week. It passed without any issues. I was a couple of weeks late on taking care of things, but my reasons were understandable. At least that’s what I hoped the police officer would think should I have been pulled over.
I initially delayed the process because I wanted to wait until the calendar turned to March. That way I would have gotten 13 months from my previous year’s inspection, a real “stick it to the man” move, right? Of course, I screwed myself because days before the end of February (such a short little month!), a bulb went in my headlight necessitating a trip to the auto parts store and the efforts of three well-intentioned adults to successfully remove and replace the little halogen beauty.
A few days later, I left my car at the place around the block, Delaware Tire and Service, for them to take care of the annual requirement. I was a bit surprised to learn when I returned 90 minutes later that my car had a “few bulbs out” and also needed a new rear windshield wiper blade. “Bulbs?” I asked, thinking how odd that I should have nonfunctioning bulbs, yet not have received a dashboard message light informing me of this deficit. I mean, the reason I knew my headlight was out a couple of weeks ago was because my dashboard told me. Were we now in a fight, my dashboard and I, and no longer talking? I didn’t think so. I thanked him for his time and drove home still without a valid inspection.
I next scheduled an appointment with my regular mechanic, the folks I’ve bought 4 cars from and relied upon for more than 15 years to maintain my vehicles. Naturally, the day before my scheduled appointment, my Check Engine light randomly appeared. I canceled the appointment and waited for the light to go off, as it reliably does.
I noticed Tuesday that the light was off and yesterday took advantage of an early dismissal to stop at Hoffman’s on my way home for an inspection. Obviously, I didn’t mention or suggest any issues with my bulbs until after the new inspection sticker had been affixed to my windshield. At that point, I questioned the technician to see if he had seen anything wrong with bulbs or wiper. Not surprisingly, all was fine – nothing needed to be addressed or replaced.
So – my while my well maintained vehicle passed inspection with flying colors, Delaware Tire and Service gets a huge fail. Wonder how many other innocent drivers have been victimized by this unscrupulous business? You’ll want to give that garage a big pass.