Had a Feel-Good Moment w/the Bonnie
So, I received one of the nicest compliments on my Bonnieville last weekend. Here'* the story:
On my last birthday, I gave blood at a local Pontiac Dealership and as a "thank-you" to the blood donors, anyone who gave blood got a coupon for a free oil change and vehicle inspection.
I decided that the bonenville was due for an oil change last weekend and even though I usually do my own oil changes, I figured I'd let them do this one for me. So, I take it in to Noonan (where the car came from some 14 years ago) and pull it into the service department garage. I felt kinda embarrased because here I am with my 95 bonneville surrounded by new G6'*, G8'*, and other nearly-new pontiacs that are in for oil changes. So, I approach the service desk and the conversation is as follows:
me: hello, I am here for a free oil change -hands coupon-
service tech lady: "oh, ok, which vehicle was yours?"
me: "the bonneville over there"
her: "oh, wow, I haven't seen one of those in here in quite a long time"
-she fills out paperwork for vehicle service and I hand her keys so she can check exact mileage-
her: "wow, your car is in great shape! I used to have one of these as a lease and never have owned a car so comfortable since..."
her: "Uh, sir, is this the correct mileage?"
me: "Yes, why?"
her: "Oh, just wanted to make sure... most cars this old have well over 100K on them. The 3800 is a great engine, I hope you aren't planning to sell this car anytime soon because it will last you"
me: "well, its been a good car since I have owned it..."
her: "yeah, most of the older cars we see anymore are ones with the 3800 and they last FOREVER but I haven't seen one this clean and low miles before"
me: "well, thanks, I do what I can to keep it nice"
her: "well, thats good. I'm glad that we can still see cars that we sold over a decade ago looking show-room new"
her: "well, you are all set. the car will be done in an hour and you can pick it up."
An hour later i picked the car up and I was amazed to see that they had detailed the outside of it! I go to service clerk to make sure she didn't mess up order.
me: "so, I am all set?"
her: yes, you are
me: "was the car wash part of the oil change deal?"
her: "no, but the weather cleared up now and I figured you would appreciate it if I threw a car wash on the deal on me. You obviously appreciate your car and its one that is worthy of staying around for quite a few more years"
me: "sweet, thank you"
Lets just say I have a new favorite dealership!
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'92 Buick LeSabre Custom
'95 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi (sold)