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* This is why you should befriend electrical engineers: After doing some reading online and removing the cover from the center console in my car, Scott discovered the reason why I was not able to remove the key from my ignition. Normally, when my car is in park, the arm of the gear shift depresses a button inside the console when it's in park. That switch is usually kept in place with a tiny plastic tab that had broken off. Scott glued the piece in place, the button is now depressed when I'm in park, and the key can now be removed freely from the ignition. He saved me at least a couple hundred dollars in repairs (Firestone claimed I needed to buy an entire new gear shift assembly), and I now owe Scott at least another hour of mixing cement.

* Last month I bought new checks. Aside from a delay in the order, they came in just fine, but they never deducted the $25.38 I owed them for the order. I finally decided to be honest and remind them to charge my account, but I got a voice mail yesterday informing me that the charge was originally withheld due to the delay in the order, and that the company doesn't think it's worth it to charge me now. I'd like to work for *THAT* accounting department! How did the completion of my order *not* generate a debit on their books that needs to be offset? Or maybe that company just hates their accountants like every other company on Earth.

* No sewerage has backed up into my basement utility sink lately.

* It's still not hot or humid.

Firestone on Michigan Avenue has higher prices than surrounding mechanics, which wouuuuld be OK, since you're more likely to roll out of there with a repaired vehicle, but they also upsell you on things you don't need to a borderline criminal degree.

Metrotech, obviously, is worse. They repaired the battered body of my car and then smashed the windshield and told me it was like that when I brought it in.

Sam's is ethical and affordable. The quality of work there has been inconsistent, which I ascribe to the various employees. If you go there, request that Sam does the work, or at least checks it.

My favorite mechanic is still Fraser Automotive on Utica Road South of 14 Mile, but that's not too convenient for Corktowners.

I'm not sure how Sam would feel about Mr. Me-No-Likey-Parking-Lots bringing his Aveo in to be fixed. But I have heard good things about his work.

Fraser automotive was the place at the end of Rosemary Street, right? The area southwest of 14 and Fraser is amazingly walkable.

I think probably a shop would be reluctant to just glue something back together, because it's likely to break again (which is totally fine, you can just glue it again...but it would look bad for them)? I dunno. Glad it was a cheap fix! Cheyn's a car guy and fixes my car for me now which is cheap and glorious.

I wish I was a car guy. Being a house guy is easy, because everything is just made of wood and stuff, and as long as water and cold are kept out you're fine. But one little thing wrong with a car means you can't go to work the next day. I'll probably pass along my next car problem to Cheyn to help take the burden off Scott. :)

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