It was a Tuesday morning the second of December 2014 when our Mitsubishi G-4 Mirage finely reached 5000 kilometers, that is a milestone in our cars life or would that be a kilometerstone? Metric still confuses me. But it did take me 10 months to reach it just the same.
I had been in to the dealership for the 1,000 kilometer check up where they changed the oil and just touched everything else on the car. Being old school about how to maintain a car I change my oil by time not kilometerage, or every four months. This confused the Mitsubishi Car World Dealership when I was back at 3,000. Kilometers for another oil change as four months had passed. It was at my request so it was on my dime (or peso) of course.
It is now December, four more months have passed and the 5,000 kilometerstone deadline has been met, so I’m back again. The service manager has me set up for the 10,000 K check-up. “Why is that, pray tell?” I asked. “Oh Sir Paul, because you did your 5,000 check-up at 3,000 kilometers Sir.”“No that was on my dime, as I requested it,” I said Do I need I mention the head scratching? He had already printed out the invoice for the 10 thousand “k” deal and I noted it was $120.00. Whoa Nelly, I thought that under the 5 year 100,000 “K” warranty I only paid for oil and parts and labor was free? No that applies only to the 1000 “K” check-up only (The one where they went and touched everything) .I knew I should read the warranty once in a while.
The new 5000 K invoice now said $52.00 for oil change and filter, what the hell? Where the heck is the nearest Jiffy Lube or Garbes Dizon Servitek at PNP 700.00? I’m ready to drive away and void the warranty, at those prices. Then in steps a calmer head, my wife Mayang who pointed out the 5 years would come before we ever drove 100,000 “K” and for the $100.00 or so a year it was worth over paying to keep the car under warranty. Remembering that we sold the New Old Honda with 89,000 “K” and it was 18 years old, I knew she was right.
I almost said that in the US of A I could change the oil anywhere and the warranty would still be in effect, but it popped into my brain that; “Paul, you’re not in Kansas anymore”, and quickly shut my mouth and smiled. Remembering that beating a dead horse is pointless. Frank Sinatra should have sang a song titled; “I’ll Do It Their Way”
The young man at the service desk is still slightly confused as to why the 5,000 “K” check-up is in effect vice the ten. But when the Roach Coach (Snack Trike) pulled up for his 10 AM break, I bought him a soda and a snack. All was well in his world once more. I crossed the street to Star bucks and ordered a cup of coffee in five words or less, (Yes it can be done) consumed it on the veranda and relaxed until we received the text that our car was ready.
I found that you could cut your time in Car World service section in half by not accepting the free car wash service they offer. They have one kid with a bucket and a hose who cannot possibly keep up with the 15 mechanics turning out a finished car every ten minutes. But I still put PNP 50.00 in his tip box, as I refuse to knock over his Rise Bowl in the name of speed.
So now that Mayang has explained the math to me, about using and maintaining the cars warranty I went home feeling better about everything even that ice cold SMB tasted better. I love it when wiser heads prevail.