My Journey Toward Car Literacy

I Married A Car Guy: My Journey Toward Car Literacy

Hi, I'm Debbie Nol, and I married a car guy. My 14 years of working at Arie Nol Auto Center has been an incredible journey, building amazing relationships with customers and learning so much from our experienced technicians.

Now I'm launching a blog to share what I've learned about cars and some of my most memorable customer stories. Hopefully you will find my blog both helpful and entertaining!

Autumn Leaves and Summer Cars


The fun cars are getting ready to be put away for the winter. The sparkly, convertible, wind blowing through your hair on the way to the beach cars. The little two-seaters that bring a grin to your face as you sit in the driver’s seat. We see so many of the vehicles that are completely an emotional purchase. I love the stories!

We’ve had cars that someone will bring in because their dad owned one and they remember those summers spent helping him wash it in the driveway or taking it out together for a ride. Some people purchase a car because they had a similar model when they were younger and want to relive that feeling. I feel that way about Corvairs.

We had a Corvair when I was younger and I remember riding in it with my family. Unfortunately, everyone knows that they had engineering flaws back then and were dangerous. By the time the kinks were corrected and it was only a cute little sports car, the name was synonymous with horrible accidents. So, I will never own one but I can admire them when I see them.

Their owner brings them in for a once over, possibly an oil change, depending on mileage. Most of these vehicles have quite low mileage and many are pristine. The care they receive keeps them looking that way. They are carefully washed and maintained and put away for the winter. I’m sure the owners check in on them over the winter, looking forward to that first spring drive and the smile that goes along with it.

I know autumn has arrived when I see them pull into the shop being checked over before the ride to the storage garage for the winter. That along with cider, donuts and colorful leaves tell me the change of season is here.