Final ransom amount: $530 (plus tax)

That’s right! The car dealership service department is holding my car hostage and I must pay $530 (plus tax) to get it back!

Ok, so I brought it in to do the yearly maintenance ($140). I asked them to check my tires (I knew there was a giant bolt/nail in the spare) and they found giant nails in my spare tire AND my right front tire ($30 to patch). I’ve had this ongoing problem starting the car & it turns out they have to replace the idle air control valve and clean the throttle body ($360). All of this is including coupons and discounts.

At least my brakes are fine. I shouldn’t complain… at least I have a (pretty) nice car to drive my ass around town.

Plus, they’re going to wash the sucker for me so it’ll be nice and shiny when I get it back. It’s the least they can do after sucking me dry.

I mean $530 is enough to fly one of my cabana boys out for a weekend… you know?

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6 Responses to “Final ransom amount: $530 (plus tax)”



  • Damnit. You’re scaring me. I need to take my car in for the 15k maintenance soon. The dashboard light is taunting me.


  • you have my empathy – my 93 STS is at 170,000 miles, and just cried for a new fuel pump, which meant dropping the gas tank and replacing the entire pump/filter/fuel gauge assembly (since it’s all one piece.) until the occasional service/repair charges exceed the annual payment expenses of a new vehicle, i’m keeping my 300 horsepower luxury car.

    hope you don’t have to ransom your baby again, anytime soon.


  • Don’t forget… that’s $530 in non-sequential unmarked bills.


  • Damn. My car goes in sometime next month and it pulls to the right even after getting the tires checked and rotated plus aligned. You are scaring me!!!


  • sigh. I feel for you – I went through that 2 months ago – but much worse. I hate car problems more than anything in the world.


  • Since when have I ever been a cabana boy?

    It’s cabana MAN, damnit.

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