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!

That’s not a present!

That’s not a present!

I’m getting a thermostat for Christmas. Ok, not really. I don’t often have vehicle issues because Jeff is pretty serious about maintaining our vehicles. I’ve only had one break down in thirty years and that was a bad starter. The vehicle I was driving had 175,000 miles so I couldn’t complain.

Last week it was starting to get cold and it seemed like my heat wasn’t very warm. I thought that it was due to how cold it was. The thing is, I really do know better. I had no check engine light or anything indicating something was wrong. So, I chalked it up to the lovely freezing temperatures of Michigan.

While driving early this week my check engine light came on. Jeff scanned it when I got to work and I told him, “My car hasn’t been getting very warm when I turn on the heat.” It has been getting very cold this week and a seat heater only does so much. I have learned it won’t warm up the whole car, no matter how high you turn it up.

No one ever appreciates having to spend money on repairing their vehicle. It is worse in December because of the holidays. It’s a busy time, budgets are already taxed with the weight of gift giving and a car repair is the last thing anyone wants to deal with this month. A car that has broken down in the cold, perhaps at the mall while you were finishing up your shopping is more than highly irritating, it can throw off the whole day’s schedule.

So, I’m with you. No one wants a car thermostat for a Christmas gift. Ok, maybe a true car enthusiast that has been looking for a rare thermostat for their rare car and you were able to find it. Kudos to you but please don’t give your wife a thermostat. Jeff, that’s meant for you too!

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