Do you need your headlight fluid checked?
Have you ever bought a new vehicle and months later found out something new about it? You know what I mean; the little things that the salesperson never showed you. How well do you know your vehicle now that you’ve driven it for awhile?
Recently, I was visiting with my brother and young nephew when my oldest son hopped into the backseat of his vehicle and close the door. He thought it was funny that he was going home with his uncle and cousin, but when he tried to open the door, he couldn’t. He just experienced the child-proof safety locks that were initiated by my brother to keep his kids from opening the door. You can open the backseat doors from the outside, but not the inside.
This brought back a long time memory for me. Back in 1985 I bought my first NEW car and it had child-proof safety locks as well. The only problem was the salesperson never showed them to me. During the first week of owning the car, I went out with a couple of friends to show off the car. As one of my friends tried to get out of the backseat, he couldn’t. I couldn’t figure out why he wasn’t able to open the door, as I could from the outside. I was puzzled, and angry, that my new car was already broken.
To rectify this “problem”, I contacted the dealership to complain that my vehicle wasn’t acting like a new vehicle should. I brought the vehicle back to them, all upset of course. As soon as I got there, the service department representative listened patiently as I expressed my displeasure to him. To say I was embarrassed was an understatement when they opened the door and showed me the child-proof locks. I asked if there was anything else I needed to know about my new vehicle.
I was once in the automotive section of a department store when I overheard the parts person asking this senior driver what kind of vehicle she had to help determine which part was needed for her vehicle. She replied; “A blue one”. Just exactly what kind of part does a blue car take to ensure it’s in top working order? I went out to the parking lot with her to find the year, make and model of the vehicle so she could order the correct part. I guess that was considered my good deed for the day.
The moral of these stories; know what you’re buying. Review the owner’s manual of any vehicle you’re buying to at least know the make, model and year of your vehicle. Parts will change from model year to model year. Review the manual before going to the parts store to know what you should be getting. Save yourself some embarrassment with some simple knowledge. This way, you won’t have to pay extra to have your headlight fluid checked!