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My Journey Toward Car Literacy

I Married A Car Guy: My Journey Toward Car Literacy

Welcome to the non-automotive automotive blog. My name is Debbie Nol, and I have been the Business Manager at Arie Nol Auto Center since 2000. I have a unique perspective, as I am not a ‘car person’ but work in an industry filled with people passionate about vehicles. It gives me the ability to share what I’ve learned over 20 years and hopefully help you navigate the world of car repair and maintenance more comfortably. However, posts will not always be vehicle related. I love to share observations and story’s from ‘auto world’ with shoes and cats thrown in for good measure.

I’m glad you’re here, and I look forward to you getting to know us a little bit better through this blog!

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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