I purchase 4 new tires from one of the big box stores in Ocean County. The deal on the tires was pretty good. They also came with lifetime balance and rotation.

Well, I decided it was time to take the car in for the service and went shopping.

I should have known something was wrong from the start. I received a call from them asking me to pull my car into the garage. They didn’t know how to drive a 5 speed.

After pulling the car in decided to have a cup of tea and sit in the waiting room. Next sign that something was wrong was that the car was ready in less than 30 minutes.

Of course I had to pull the car out myself, and joked with the kids that I should be the one getting the tip. (Yes I left them $10.00)

The next day I was driving up the Parkway and noticed a vibration in the steering wheel when I hit 60. When I arrived at my destination I noticed that my tires weren’t rotated.

This was obvious because my front rims were stained with brake dust. Yep, the stained rims were still on the front of the car.

When I went back to ask them about it, they swore that they rotated the tires and that the stained rims were on the back of the car before the rotation. Management well they sided with their employees.

I ended up taking the car to another shop and paying to have the job done properly.

Next time I will mark the tires with nail polish so that I can be sure the job was done correctly. This goes for any maintenance that I will have done on Bertha. (Named after the Grateful Dead song)

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Until next time,

Rock on party people!