Monday, April 16, 2012

I LOVE MY COOPER

No not Bradley Cooper but he is very nice to look at don't you think? I'm talking about my Mini Cooper S. Remember my post on Venting from last Monday? Well I was feeling bad for my car. I wasn't venting about my cute little car, I was venting about a day that was filled with a few unfortunate circumstances. (this is long so don't feel obligated to read it but I think you might enjoy it)


This is my second Mini Cooper. I could have almost any car within reason ($) but when BMW brought the Mini to the USA it was love at first sight. I had my first Mini for 5 years and I couldn't have been happier with it. In 2008 I bought my second Mini Cooper. It's the one you see in the picture. I remember waiting 3 months for my first one to be built and shipped from Germany. It was all very exciting and you could follow along on it's progress while it was being made! My second one only took about 2 months to get here. I do get all the bells and whistles on my car so it needed to be built like the first one.

So the problem I had last Monday was just some miscommunication. The person that booked my appointment should have told me that you can't wait for the service when the emission light it on. But they did give me a rental and all was well. So I was assuming my car would be ready on Wednesday so I got up, showered and waited for the call. (You know I like to be in my PJ's most of the day) Well they couldn't find anything specific wrong but they had to continue to look. So on Thursday morning the same routine, shower, make-up, get dressed and wait for the call. Well they decided to put the foreman on the job and found that it was an oxygen sensor and my car would be ready on Friday morning. (this part was under warranty) Hooray!

So I get up and ready to go pick up my car. There was no traffic like Monday and I get there in 40 minutes and dropped off the rental. I go inside and met up with Aldo who was taking care of me. He said let me go get your car and we will get you checked out of here. When he went to get the car the light came back on. They were going to have reset the computer which would take about 3 to 4 hours. So I was able to get a rental again, a BMW this time and I went to do some shopping at the Irvine Target. I had planned to shop at a Target on my way home anyway so I was okay with that. I know Target didn't mind me doing some shopping while I waited. So Aldo called me, I checked out of Target and got my car. This Mini/BMW dealer in Irvine is the best. I know it took a long time to get this issue figured out but other than an annual oil change each year this is the first time I've ever had to do this type of repair.

There is a Mini dealer close to our house but when I went for one of my free oil changes they "saw me coming!" I must have had gullible written on my forehead! See my Mini was only two year old at the time. Mark was of course out of town. Isn't that how it always happens. This was the year that I let the kids drive the Mini to Mammoth Lakes which was not one of my better moments. So the car had just been home a few days when I went to get my oil change. I drove the car to the nearby Mini dealer and went inside to check it in. (I was of course waiting for the car) They took the car inside with no issue. Well here is where they got me....they came out and said the guy in the shop had to jump my car, the battery was dead. No way that battery was dead but they had a trick up their sleeve. See if you have low mileage on your car the warranty on the battery changes. It's not covered because you don't drive the car enough to keep it charged properly! Yes I was taken for a few hundred dollars for a new battery. I have never been back since.

Funny thing, when the guy was writing up the slip he asked if they could change my plate frame to Mini Ontario and take off the Mini Irvine one. I said sure because I thought I would be coming back to this one that had just opened. Well God knew better, they forgot to change it and that made my heart very happy when I noticed it! Here is something about that day. They took a mandatory meeting, shut down for 2 hours while I was waiting for my car to be finished. Wasn't that just rude of them? So even though I may have had issues with them not telling me about having to leave my car there for the emission service, in the long run God again was watching over me. See I would have had someone follow me if I had known but in the long run, because of the time it took them to find the problem, I would have been out a car so the rental was actually the better deal.

So all is well and I am still in love with my little gray Mini Cooper S! (even though driving the new 2012 did gave me a moment of new car fever)


Yes it was Friday the 13th and I got to drive home in an ugly rain storm! But God kept me safe and I will never look back with regret for going back to the dealer in Irvine. See when Mini first came out dealers all over Southern California were tacking on a few thousand dollars above sticker price because they knew peoples wants, knew people would pay it because they wanted the car now! Irvine Mini was not doing that so that is why we ended up going there for my car. I learned a lot about patience waiting for my car because I was one of those who wanted one yesterday but I waited and learned a valuable lesson.

This is actually what my car looks like on the inside.
I have Burnt Orange Leather interior!

22 comments:

Cherie said...

Sometimes dealing with car issues is very unpleasant so it is nice when you find those you can trust to do a good job and treat you fairly.
Your car is so cute! Love those mini's.
In the last picture did you notice the "hidden Mickey" between the seats? That made me smile!!!
Have a great day :-)

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

It's worth a drive to be able to have a dealership you can trust. ;-)

Trennia said...

You have such an adorable car!
I have not seen many of them,and they are the cutest mini cars out there!

Chatty Crone said...

I love your car story - you sure do love it! And I think that if you find a place you like - they give you a car rental - and you can trust them - you have it made in the shade! sandie

LynnMarie said...

Cute car. I have a friend who is 6 feet tall and she fits in her mini. It always makes me laugh when she gets out of the car. I hate dealing with repares of anykind. I think I have "sucker" written on my forhead.

That corgi :) said...

Always wondered about a mini cooper, wondered if they would be comfortable, but glad you got yours back! And less we did have wild weather Friday and Saturday, thankful it is supposed to be nicer this week :)

betty

Mara said...

I prefer to go to a more expensive garage and get proper work done than one of those 'I can do it for a lot less, but I will need to change that, that, that, this, and such and so' in the end coming up to the same amount, but for unnessecary work.

Mara said...

If I had a car that is of course!

Stephanie said...

So glad you got your baby back safe and sound!! (oh and I adore the colour of your interior!)

Nichol said...

I love the burnt orange interior! Car dealers can be very frustrating. I let my husband deal with all that. Glad everything worked out okay!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

You had me at "Bradley Cooper"...lol. He's a hottie! I'm glad you love your car, those Coopers are adorable. And glad you ended up getting your problem resolved!

Tesha said...

My mom has a mini copper they are so cut and fun! Great interior. I am doing a link up tomorrow for grieving mommies if you want to link up for your tears.

Holly said...

never rode in one before! i'm glad you found a car you like so much!!

Caroline said...

Love that car & the story. So glad you have something you like.

Joanne said...

I love the mini cooper! I am sorry that they took you for all that money. It makes me so angry when they ( without an ounce of guilt) can cheat people. UGH!
Blessings, Joanne

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

You must be their #1 fan! I took my car in for emission service last week and they drained my battery too. What the heck is going on? They tried to sell me a new battery and I said no. They jumped it for me and wouldn't you know it? The battery is working just fine!

Tami said...

Cars (and the men who fix them) can be one of life's biggest frustrations. I have a twelve-year-old car that I just love and refuse to trade. Hubs bought a nice new car that I can use when I want, but I stick with mine for most trips because it fits me and I love it. It rarely needs repair and the seats don't make my back hurt! Strange attachment to an object, I realize! :)

momto8 said...

what a great car!!! lucky you!

Just Be Real said...

Nice lookin' car. Go for a reputable place no matter how long the drive. Blessings.

Garden of Egan said...

That would be such a BLAST to drive.
I think they are the best lookin' car ever.

Definitely go to a place that loves your car as much as you do.

Secret Agent Woman said...

Those are cute little cars. I had an MG Midget that was a blast to drive (years ago) but it was always in the shop. The British style of automotive electrical systems is... interesting.

Stella said...

Your car is just darling and I am sure so much fun to drive. It is so nice to have a car person you can trust to take good care of you and your car. Glad you are back on the road again.

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